• Québec, Montréal - Association de massothérapeutes - massothérapie
  • Québec, Montréal - Association de massothérapeutes - massothérapie

Quebec Naturopath requirements for AQTN accreditation

AQTN recognizes the following criteria for naturopathy:

  • 1200 hours of training or competencies deemed equivalent.
  • Certain University-level master degrees.

We do not evaluate applications over the phone or by email, you must submit your application with the required documents. The evaluation is free.




Naturotherapy and naturopathy in Quebec with AQTN

To better understand the definition of a Quebec naturopath, we present some examples:

  • A reflexology therapist is not a naturopath, however a naturopath may use reflexology in their treatment.
  • A nutritionist is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can certainly use nutrition in their treatment.
  • A hypnotherapist of NLP therapist is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can certainly use these techniques in a treatment.
  • Someone who recommends the use of hydrotherapy is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can suggest this course of action in a treatment.
  • A massage therapist is not a naturopath, however a naturopath can use massage in a treatment, although we would expect the naturopath to having some training in massage therapy and therefore issue a massage receipt.
  • A herbalist is not a naturopath, however a naturopath can certainly recommend herbs in their treatment.
  • One may use Alexander's technique to improve posture and is not a naturopath, but a naturopath can certainly use this technique to help correct posture if they have the skill set.
  • One may use Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to balance and improve health and well-being, but is not a naturopath. A naturopath can certainly use this technique to help correct posture if they have the skill set.

We see that a naturopath has a wide range of techniques at their disposal. The 1000+ hour training offered in schools will inevitably cover a holistic view of clients within the program.

Are there reserved acts for Quebec naturopaths? The answer is no, there is no law protecting or regulating the acts of a naturopath in Quebec.

Quebec naturopaths are constrained by law 21, the CMQ and those laws as relating to reserved acts with the Order of dieticians. Note that medical doctors trained out of country looking to practice medicine as Naturopathic doctors are not eligible.

Quebec naturopaths cannot prescribe medication or order blood tests for analysis. The scope of practice is therefore more limited than in regulated provinces. However, the preventative nature of the modality is aligned with the Quebec government's Strategic action plan for 2015-2020, in particular with regards to prevention - representing a significant portion of the plan. In addition, Revenu Quebec allows a tax deduction under medical expenses on income tax returns for certified AQTN Naturopath practitioners.

As an association, we try to create barriers to entry that are similar to those in regulated provinces, always within a legal scope of practice. In regulated provinces, a bachelor of science is a pre-requisite. A bachelor of science is usually over 1200 hours of training. However, there are no bachelor degrees in Quebec that are, by themselves, sufficient to gain entry to the association with the designation of naturotherapist / naturopath even if the criteria of hours has been met. Accounting, marketing and promoting the benefits of one's practice are important points for success and can also count among the hours even though they are not part of the actual technique or modality.

In the evaluation process, we will look at the work you are doing - not just the diplomas, which may lead to certain exclusions. This is one of the reasons for which we ask for a letter of intent.

We do not evaluate applications over the phone or by email, you must submit your application with the required documents. The evaluation is free.

About Naturopathy

One major difference between Naturopathy and Massage therapy is that there is little to no physical touch or physical contact with a Naturopath. Massage deals with the body externally (physical manipulation of muscles, joints, stretches, acupressure) while Naturopathy deals with the body internally.

View videos that help explain well the reality in Quebec.

Le grand livre de la naturopathie