Studying & Practicing Homeopathy

Studying Homeopathy

Independent homeopathy schools and training programs offer professional education in homeopathy. Courses may be taught online, in a traditional classroom, and/or through preceptorships with experienced homeopaths. The Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) certifies the content and structure of many homeopathy schools in North America. In addition, educated and trained homeopathic practitioners can pursue certification through the Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC) or based on their medical professional status.

Because there are many homeopathy schools and training programs, prospective students should thoroughly investigate all options before choosing one that best fits their learning style and schedule.  Visit the Homeopathy Schools page to find links to more information. NCH does not evaluate any available educational programs in homeopathy; therefore, we do not endorse any particular schools or programs or recommend one over another.

In addition to programs that focus solely on homeopathic medicine, training at one of the seven Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC) also includes education in homeopathy. A list of US states and Canadian provinces that offer licensure to naturopathic physicians (NDs) can be found on the AANMC website. Naturopathic doctors that specialize in homeopathy are encouraged to register with the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Certification

A homeopathy certification validates a practitioner’s proficiency in homeopathy to clients and other practitioners using a known standard. Please note that certification is not a license to practice homeopathy. Each state regulates homeopathy and other alternative and complementary medicine disciplines differently. For more information, contact your state Attorney General’s office.

Homeopathy certification organizations in North America:

  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC): This organization confers the credential CCH, Certified Classical Homeopath, to individuals who meet and maintain recognized professional standards and ethics in classical homeopathy.
  • American Board of Homeotherapeutics (ABHt): This organization confers the credential DHt, Diplomate of the American Board of Homeotherapeutics, to licensed medical and osteopathic physicians who practice homeopathy.
  • Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP): This organization confers the credential DHANP, Diplomate of the Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians, to naturopaths (NDs) in homeopathy.

Licensure

Homeopathy, like other complementary and alternative disciplines that pose no threat of harm, is not licensed in the United States. Individual state laws and licensing boards regulate the practice of homeopathy and each state’s laws and requirements for practice may be different. 

NCH does not have information about licensure in any particular state and is not able to give legal advice related to obtaining licensure or practicing homeopathy in a particular state. For more information, contact your state Attorney General’s office.

Practicing Homeopathy