Continuing Education

Important Information

Business & Professions Code Section 3635:

  • (a) In addition to any other qualifications and requirements for licensure renewal, the Board shall require the satisfactory completion of 60 hours of approved continuing education biennially. This requirement is waived for the initial license renewal. The continuing education shall meet the following requirements:
  • (1) At least 20 hours shall be in pharmacotherapeutics.
  • (2) No more than 15 hours may be in naturopathic medical journals or osteopathic or allopathic medical journals, or audio or videotaped presentations, slides, programmed instruction, or computer-assisted instruction or preceptorships.
  • (3) No more than 20 hours may be in any single topic.
  • (4) No more than 15 hours of the continuing education requirements for the specialty certificate in naturopathic childbirth attendance shall apply to the 60 hours of continuing education requirement.
  • (b) The continuing education requirements of this section may be met through continuing education courses approved by:
  • the Board;
  • the California Naturopathic Doctors Association;
  • the North American Naturopathic Continuing Education Accreditation Council;
  • the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians;
  • the California State Board of Pharmacy;
  • the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners; or
  • other courses that meet the standards for continuing education for licensed physicians and surgeons in California.
  • CE courses must be completed during the license period preceding the expiration date of the license. Approved courses taken after the license expiration date will be accepted only if they are required to meet the minimum bi-annual hourly requirement of 60 hours in the preceding license period.
  • CE courses in excess of 60 hours in one license period cannot be held over and used in the following license period.
  • Courses given by the approved or candidate naturopathic medical colleges ARE NOT acceptable for continuing education credits unless the provider and its course(s) have been approved by one of the approvers named in Business & Professions Code Section 3635 (b) above.