Ayurvedic Certification and Licensure

Legality and Āyurvedic Licensure:

If you are interested in the legality of practicing Ayurveda, one important thing to know is that laws differ, not only from country to country, but often between states, provinces, or other localities. We are not able to provide you information about the laws where you reside.

Each of us needs to educate ourselves about the laws that apply in our own location, and determine if and how Āyurveda can be practiced legally and safely there.

If you are a citizen of the United States (US), there is currently no licensure in any state within the US.Therefore, you are legally required to be aware of federal and local regulations that may apply to you, and practice (or not) accordingly.

There is, however, a US organization—National Āyurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) —that has been working since 1998 to implement licensure for Āyurvedic professionals. Towards this end, NAMA has designated, and set requirements for, three levels of Āyurvedic professionals, in order of increasing educational requirements and scope of practice: Āyurvedic Health Counselor, Āyurvedic Practitioner, and Āyurvedic Doctor. NAMA requirements seem to have set the standards by which students of Āyurveda now often attempt to abide. If you wish to comply with NAMA standards, this information will be pertinent to you. Please read below and also visit NAMA‘s website for more information or questions. Because NAMA requirements may change, it is best to contact them directly if you have any further questions beyond what we cover here.

Certification:

All the courses on DrClaudiaWelch.com—or their individual lessons—count towards educational requirements for becoming an Āyurvedic professional, as defined by NAMA.

Dr. Claudia Welch.com is an Organizational Member of NAMA, is an approved provider of Peripheral / Supporting Programs (possibly a confusing title, since these programs would not be peripheral to your education).

Both Āyurvedic Foundations Parts I and II—in their entirety—are approved by NAMA as programs that count towards the educational requirements for all three of NAMA’s professional levels. If you want to receive NAMA credits, you will need to upload your certificate of completion into your NAMA account, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website.

Individual lessons within these courses could be used to count towards your educational requirements, however, you would be required to complete more paperwork through NAMA and there would be an additional fee for NAMA to process the paperwork.

For more information about the NAMA defined professional levels and educational requirements, please consult NAMA.

Continuing Education: 

If you are already a NAMA-certified Āyurvedic professional. You can get NAMA CEU credits for any of the courses offered on this website or their individual lessons.

Both Āyurvedic Foundations Parts I and II—in their entirety—are approved by NAMA as NAMA PACE (Professional Āyurvedic Continuing Education) courses, that provide NAMA professionals with NAMA approved CEUs without additional fees. To receive NAMA continuing education credits, you will need to upload your certificate of completion into your NAMA account, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website.

NAMA professionals can use any of Dr. Welch’s other courses or the stand-alone lessons within the Āyurvedic Foundations courses Parts I and II, for NAMA PACE credits in either of the following two ways:

No fee method: You can use the hours from Dr. Welch’s courses without additional NAMA fees by applying the course hours to the NAMA category called “Other Topics in Wellness”. You will need to submit your certificate of course completion, which we provide to you upon completion of the course, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website. However, only up to 30% of your PACE credit requirements can be filled this way.

Nominal NAMA fee required: If you want to use Dr. Welch’s courses that are not yet NAMA-approved PACE programs, to count for your PACE credit requirements in the category of “Topics in Āyurveda,” you will need to submit your certificate of course completion, (that we provide to you upon completion of the course), fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website, and pay NAMA a processing fee. (This fee was $25 in 2016. You will need to check for current fees with NAMA.)

Looking for an intensive, in-depth foundation in Ayurveda, that you can do in your pajamas, on your own schedule, with tea? We invite you to consider our online courses, "Foundations of Ayurveda" Parts I and II, co-taught by Dr. Claudia Welch & Dr. Robert Svoboda. 100+ hours of video, handouts, quizzes, & certificates.