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Naturopathic Doctor

Naturopathic doctors blend modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of treatment to support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself and treat the underlying cause of disease.


College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)
216 - 20 Sunpark Plaza SE
Calgary, Alberta T2X 3T2

Call: 403-266-2446



Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act [pdf], Health Professions Restricted Activity Regulation [pdf], and Naturopaths Profession Regulation [pdf], registration with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA) is mandatory. Only registered members may perform restricted activities specified in the Regulations. This includes those who:

  • Meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public
  • Teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession
  • Supervise registered members or students who provide services to the public
  • Use the titles or initials: naturopathic doctor, naturopathic practitioner, naturopath, doctor of naturopathic medicine, N.D., or R.N.D.

What You Need

To register as a naturopathic doctor (N.D.) in Alberta, you need successful completion of:

There are other registration categories for naturopathic doctors.

A provisional naturopath:

  • Has met the academic requirement but has not completed the NPLEX examinations
  • Must work under the supervision of an N.D. or another approved regulated health professional
  • Can use the title naturopath, but not the other protected titles and initials

For details about all registration requirements, contact the CNDA or visit the CNDA website.

Working in Alberta

Naturopaths or naturopathic doctors who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if their scope of practice and competencies are similar.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the CNDA website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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