Job requirements Naturopathic Doctor (ND) in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as a naturopathic doctor (ND) in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating (NOC 31209).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Doctors of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.)
  • A four-year doctoral degree program in podiatric medicine available in the United States and in Quebec, normally following completion of a bachelor's degree program, is required.
  • A medical residency is required in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • A doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.) degree is required to practice podiatry in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Chiropodists and podiatrists
  • An advanced three-year diploma program in chiropody (DCh) obtained in Canada or a first-degree program in podiatric medicine (D.Pod.M.) obtained abroad (United Kingdom) is usually required.
  • A licence is required in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Doctors of naturopathic medicine
  • A university degree in pre-medical science is required.
  • Completion of a university program in naturopathic medicine, obtained abroad or a four-year program in naturopathic medicine from a private institute is required.
  • A licence is required in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Doctors of osteopathic medicine
  • A bachelor's degree is required for admission to a doctor of osteopathic medicine program.
  • A four-year program in osteopathic medicine leading to a doctor of osteopathy degree and a minimum three year medical residency are required. These qualifications are obtained in the United States.
  • Completion of certifying examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and licensing by the provincial or territorial licensing authority are required.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.


Job title Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
Job title Podiatric Surgeons

British Columbia

Job title Naturopathic Physician
Job title Podiatric Surgeon


Job title Naturopath
Job title Podiatrist

New Brunswick

Job title Podiatrist


Job title Chiropodist
Job title Drugless Practitioner (naturopath)
Job title Podiatrist


Job title Podiatrist


Job title Podiatric Surgeon
Job title Podiatrist

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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