Ontario Canada Naturopathic Continuing Education
The College of Naturopaths of Ontario
Continuing Education & Professional Development Requirements
According to The College of Naturopaths of Ontario, all members who hold a General class certificate of registration with the College are mandated to participate in Continuing Education & Professional Development. This includes engaging in relevant activities, submitting a summary log of those activities, and submitting supporting documentation (when selected) to verify participation in CE activities.
General class members are required to participate in a minimum of 70 hours of Continuing Education over a 3 year cycle. During the 3 years, you must receive and document Continuing Education Credits (CECs) in two categories:
Core Activities – 30 Credits
1 Hour of Continuing Education equals 1 Credit.
These are pre-approved structured learning activities related to the clinical competencies of the naturopathic profession, and within the scope of practice of the profession.
Some topics might include pharmacology, patient-centered care, naturopathic modalities, assessment and diagnostics, primary care management, and referrals to other practitioners.
The 30 credits in Category A include specific requirements:
All members must complete a minimum of three (3) CECs in Jurisprudence. This may be achieved by either attending three hours of Jurisprudence education or completing the Jurisprudence Examination.
Members who have met the Standard of Practice for prescribing must complete six (6) CECs in pharmacology.
Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT)
The College recognizes the importance of competency in the areas of increased risk associated with controlled acts. If you have met the standard of practice for IVIT, you must complete six (6) additional Category A CECs related to IVIT, for a total of 36 CECs in Category A at the end of your three-year cycle.
Self-Directed Activities – 40 Credits.
The College of Naturopaths of Ontario does not have to pre-approve activities in this category. These are professional development activities of any type and area the member chooses, and do not require pre-approval.
While you may use any Category A CECs above the minimum 30 credits towards your Category B requirements, no Category B CECs can apply to your Category A requirements.
Over a 3 Year period, members must participate in a minimum of 40 CECs through activities such as (but not limited to):
Attending educational courses related to business practices or modalities complementary to the practice of the profession.
Serving on a College committee, working group or task force, or on the Council;
Serving on the board, committee, working group or task force of a professional association or educational institution;
Supervising in a student clinic, providing a preceptorship, or overseeing an externship;
Writing and publishing articles or books about naturopathic medicine for any publication in North America;
Reviewing professional journals, text books, literature, etc.;
Developing and/or delivering courses offered for NDs;
Developing and/or delivering information sessions relating to the practice of the profession;