To become a member of the RITMA Naturopathic Association, the therapist must be 18 years of age or older. He/she must be a graduate from a school recognized or accredited by RITMA. Some other curriculum may be submitted for approval. He must have received at least 1000 hours of training in one of the recognized naturopathic disciplines.
The RITMA Naturopathic Association will analyze the applicant's training hours, certificates and diplomas, according to RITMA criteria. 1000 hours must be recognized in Naturopathy,
RITMA could recognize some college and university courses that could form a common core for these trainings. For example; anatomy, physiology, pathology and other related courses. The review and acceptance of these common core courses will be determined by the Membership Committee.
Applicants who are members of a professional order will need to be particularly vigilant in refraining from activities reserved for their professional order when practicing naturopathy. It goes without saying that compliance with this law applies to everyone.
Membership standards and recognized techniques
The following is a non-exhaustive list of techniques that we recognize within the Naturopathic training.
The number of hours of training for each technique is approximate and may vary according to the curriculum. It is based on the average number of hours of training given for each of these techniques.
Any other experience and equivalencies deemed valid may also be evaluated by the committee.
Techniques recognized by RITMA GROUP are subject to revision without notice.
The training or activities listed below are not part of the activities recognized by RITMA. This nomenclature is not exhaustive;
Access bar, Access consciousness, Astrology, Blue Room, Chaneling, Palmistry, Deparasitation, Esotericism (any form), Numerology, Occult Sciences, Tarot, Thianshi, Yantha, Angelic Healing.
*Some trainings from network marketing programs may not be recognized by RITMA
Yoga - pilates - tai chi - private trainers and other complementary techniques may be recognized in Alternative and Complementary Medicine. See our criteria.
The RITMA Naturopathic Association encourages continuing education, ensuring that its members remain at the forefront of improving or discovering new techniques in the field of naturopathy.
All members must complete at least 15 hours of continuing education per year or 45 hours/3 years. For example, a training of more than 45 hours could cover for 3 years.
*Personal growth workshops or readings do not count as basic or continuing education hours.
The RITMA Naturopathic Association has very strict eligibility criteria, and advocates for high training standards.
RITMA conducts methodical audits and reserves the right to verify at its discretion and at any time the methods, facilities and instruments used by its members in order to assure the public that the care offered meets all its quality standards. As for receipts issued for insurance purposes, the Association prevents abuse by assigning individually numbered receipts to each member, thus making multiple use impossible. It also assigns staff to regularly audit its members' advertisements and websites. This prevents non-therapeutic and non-professional services from being offered.
The RITMA Naturopathic Association advocates that all members carry Errors and Omissions insurance.