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Acceptable Qualifications to Join NMHNZ

Direct Membership

You are eligible for direct membership if you are a naturopath with a New Zealand qualification (that has been gained in the last 2 years), or are enrolled in a New Zealand college and you are graduating prior to 31 December 2020, we accept a minimum standard of a Level 6, 3 year Diploma of Naturopathy.

We accept Naturopathic Qualifications (Diploma and Degree) from South Pacific College of Natural Medicine, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies and Naturopathic College of New Zealand. Applicants trained in Australia who have held memberships within the last 2 years with the Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists (ARONAH) or Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) may also register online for direct membership.

For direct membership, please ensure you have the following:

  • The application fee (costs can be found on the membership tab on the website).
  • Your qualification certificate and transcript.
  • Evidence of Police Vetting for professional clinical practice (to be emailed to
  • A comprehensive (2-day) first aid certificate that meets NMHNZ first-aid criteria (this information is on the website under resources).
  • A good character reference from the college where you trained (to be emailed to

These documents must be verified by a Justice of the Peace and are required to be uploaded and reviewed before your membership application can be approved. Register online at by choosing the membership registration option.


Requirements from 1 January, 2021

From the 1st of January 2021, we will only accept new graduates with a degree level qualification at a minimum. In order to be grandfathered into the organisation, you are required to be a full professional member prior to the cut-off date of 31 December, 2020.

New registrations for Non-Practicing memberships from the 1st of January, 2021 are only available to those who have graduated from a New Zealand Naturopathic College in the last 2 years with a minimum of a three year Bachelor's Degree. Should you wish to become a member you would be required to join via a non-direct membership pathway and become a full professional member and engage in continuing education. 


Non-direct pathways to membership.

If it has been between 2 and 5 years since you graduated from a New Zealand Naturopathic College, or you have gained qualifications within that time frame from an overseas institution, there are non-direct pathways to membership. Please contact our administrator for more details. There is a one-off cost of $NZ100 which is non-refundable to cover an initial assessment to determine which pathway is most appropriate if you are able to join NMHNZ. Further fees may apply should you require further assessment. 


If you are unclear on whether you are able to apply for direct or non-direct membership please contact our administrator for more details.