Application for Registration
The College requires a variety of information in order to determine eligibility for registration. The information collected is used in three ways:
- To assess an applicant's ability to practice Naturopathy in a safe, competent & ethical manner;
- To fulfill the College’s mandate of public protection; and
- To assist the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in developing Ontario’s health human resources strategy.
The fee for submitting an application to register with the College is $275.00 plus HST.
Application fees are over and above the cost of annual membership and are non-refundable. All fees are payable in Canadian dollars and can be paid:
- online with VISA or Mastercard;
- by mailing a cheque or money order made payable to the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Applications will not be processed or reviewed until payment is received.
An applicant's education, experience, and currency will determine the registration stream through which they may apply.
Stream A: Application for Ontario Registration
Designed for applicants who are applying for registration within two years of graduating from a CNME-accredited program, or within two years of having been deemed substantially equivalent by the College through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Program.
Stream B: Application for Ontario Registration - Biennium
This application stream is for applicants who graduated from a CNME-accredited program more than two years prior to the date of application and are not currently practicing in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction.
Stream C: Inter-Provincial Transfer under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
For any applicant who is currently registered and practising the profession in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction, and who wishes to have their registration recognized as having met basic entry to practise requirements for registration in Ontario. Those practising NDs in another regulated Canadian jurisdiction who wish to become registered in Ontario must be in good standing with their provincial regulator and be registered in the active or practising category of registration.
The application form consists of multiple sections, some of which require documents to be uploaded. The following sections apply to all streams:
Section A. Personal Information: name, date of birth, home address;
Section B. Naturopathic Education: all formal education completed in the field of Naturopathy;
Section C. Criminal Record Check: details regarding the police report ordered by the applicant, and CPR: details of current Healthcare Provider level CPR
Section D. Other Registration: all regulators or licensing bodies currently or previously registered with must be listed, and a letter of good standing is required from each;
Section E. Good Character: a series of questions to create a picture of past conduct. If answering yes to any of the questions, supporting documentation must be provided;
Section F. Legal declarations;
Section G. Electronic signature and submission of the application.
In addition to the information listed above, applicants in Streams B and C must also provide practice or employment details and information on their practice hours, as well as the following documentation:
Stream B: Application for Ontario Registration - Biennium:
- Proof of having practised the profession for at least 750 hours during the three-year period of time immediately preceding the date the application was submitted.
Stream C: Inter-Provincial Transfer under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA):
- A letter of good standing from their current regulator;
- Proof of having practised the profession in the jurisdiction where they hold active/practising category registration.
If applicants are not able to provide the additional required documentation, an assessment by a panel of the Registration Committee will be required. Following the assessment, the Panel will determine what, if any, additional training is required prior to registering the applicant.
To avoid delays as a result of inaccurate or incomplete information, all applicants are encouraged to review the Registration Handbook carefully before starting the application process and refer to the Applicant Checklist.
All applicants will need the following documents readily available for reference before beginning the application form:
- A copy of their current CPR certification;
- Details regarding the CPIC report order (the original CPIC report should be send to the College after completing Step 2);
- Any information and documentation about findings of guilt or current proceedings.
On the final page of the application, applicants will be given the option to proceed to checkout to submit their application. Prior to submission, applicants are advised to review the entire application using the navigation buttons at the bottom of each page to ensure everything is correct and complete. Following receipt of an applicant's Application for Registration, the applicant will be billed and provided with directive for paying the application fee.
To make an Application for Registration, select the "Registration: Step 2" option from the Become a ND drop-down menu. Note: Applicants must be logged into the website to access this online form.
The application fee payment and all required documentation must be received before the College can process the application. Complete applications in will be processed in 7 - 10 business days.
Submitted applications received with incomplete, incorrect, or inconsistent information cannot be processed until they are corrected by the applicant. If corrections are required, the application will be unlocked and the applicant will be provided direction on the necessary changes and may incur an administrative fee. To avoid processing delays and incurring extra fees, applicants are urged to read through all of the provided materials and call the College with any questions not covered in the handbook prior to submitting their Application for Registration.
Once an application for registration has been reviewed and processed, the Registration Department will send an email with the outcome of the assessment of the applicant's eligibility to register. This email will outline one of three possible processes:
- Eligible for Registration - After having provided all the required information, no concerns have been identified with respect to the entry-to-practise requirements have been identified by the College. The applicant is notified of their eligibility for a Certificate of Registration and is provided instructions on completing the process.
- Pending Eligibility for Registration - An incomplete application was received by the College, that is, some information and/or documents are missing, incomplete, inconsistent or cannot be deciphered. The applicant will be notified of the incomplete, inconsistent, missing or illegible information preventing the College from determining eligibility and the process for addressing the deficiencies.
- Notice of Referral - Based on the information provided in the application, the Registrar is recommending the applicant either not be registered or that they be registered with a term, condition or limitation on their registration. As such, the application has been referred to a panel of the Registration Committee for further review. The applicant will be provided with the reasons for this referral and will be afforded an opportunity to make a submission to the Panel.
Other Important Information
- The Application for Registration Handbook is available to assist applicants in submitting a complete, correct application.
- Applicants who have questions are invited to call the College for assistance before submitting their application.
- Submission of the application form is immediate upon proceeding to check-out.
- Applications cannot be processed and finalized until the College receives all necessary documentation, including their hard copy CPIC report.
- Applicants who cannot agree to one or more of the declarations at the end of the application form are asked to contact the Registration Department of the College for assistance.
- Applicants who cannot complete the online application form should contact the College to arrange for an appointment to complete it with staff assistance.