The WNF does not have the authority, or mandate, to accredit naturopathic programs. The WNF provides general educational guidelines for naturopathic programs globally. There are two emerging naturopathic program globally – a 2500-hour naturopathic practitioner program and a 4000+ hour naturopathic doctor program. The WNF supports the highest in naturopathic educational standards and encourages the global regulation of the naturopathic workforce.

Educational organizations or institutions that focus primarily on the education of naturopaths / naturopathic doctors, with goals and objectives that are consistent with those of the WNF, may be granted WNF Educational Membership. Educational members pay dues but cannot vote. They can attend meetings as observers, are encouraged to participate on WNF working groups and have access to all materials and information the WNF may provide to its members.

Criteria for WNF Educational membership:

  • It is the aim of the WNF to support the highest educational standards in every jurisdiction/country. Although, according to the WHO Benchmarks on Naturopathy, the minimal educational requirement for naturopathic education is 1,500 hours, including no less than 400 hours of supervised clinical training, the WNF will require all WNF educational members to meet, or to be working towards, the highest educational standards offered in their specific jurisdiction/country.
  • If naturopathic education is recognized by the government in a jurisdiction/country, then a naturopathic educational institution must have aquired that level of recognition in order to qualify.

WNF Educational membership process and fees:

  • Educational members pay USD $4 per student (full-time equivalency) with a minimum of USD$200 and a maximum of USD$2500
  • Once your application has been approved you will be send the payment options.

Benefits of Educational members:

  • Opportunity to attend annual WNF General Assemblies and to participate in WNF planning sessions.
  • Opportunity to participate on WNF committees.
  • Regular WNF updates on WNF activities and naturopathic opportunities globally.
  • Ability to have naturopathic conferences (that are open to the greater naturopathic community) posted on the WNF website.
  • Ability to provide feedback on WNF policies and position papers.
  • Supporting the growth and development of the naturopathic profession globally.
  • Opportunity for international collaboration with other naturopathic organizations.

The following are the current WNF Educational Members: