Author: Jacky Rae
The National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) has made an important announcement that concerns all current or prospective students of Ayurvedic Medicine in the USA and abroad.
All future NAMA Approved Programs are now required to obtain State Accreditation and be located within the USA. All future students will also be required to complete the new NAMA certification process.
Information about the new Certification Process is available on the new NAMA Certification Board’s website.
Obtaining a NAMACB certification means that the candidate has demonstrated the entry-level competencies for his/her category of practice by completing a NAMA-approved course of study and passing a rigorous certification exam, and is engaged in ongoing training as a professional through continuing education and other activities.
Why does accreditation matter in the Ayurvedic Profession?
NAMA has been systematically building a credentialing program based on the belief that credentialing is one of the most important ingredients to the advancement of the Ayurvedic profession and a key component to the goal of licensing. There are many steps toward credentialing and NAMA has been hard at work over the past twelve years laying the groundwork. They have now established National Exams for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor and the Ayurvedic Practitioner and will eventually create one for the Ayurvedic Doctor level.
Here we answer some questions you may have about the certification process, its impact on you, and why NAMA’s certification program will be recognized nationally as the gold standard for competency in the field of Ayurveda.
Credentialing facilitates standardized practice across a wide variety of treatment settings. Most importantly, it assures ethical professionals are available to clients, families, and their communities. Certification serves the following purposes:
- It gives the general public a basis for evaluating a service provider.
- It helps employers judge the skills of existing or potential employees.
- It allows those who are certified to differentiate themselves from others in the profession and to advance their career.
Accreditation assures that all schools that are recognized by State and meet the State approved guidelines for secondary education.
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