We determine the applicants’ education qualification by evaluating their training content to include the following courses, with at least 4200 hours study in a diploma program for osteopathic manual therapy, including 1000 hours supervised clinical practice.

  • Human Anatomy
  • Neuro-anatomy and neurology
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Biomechanics and kinetics
  • Safety and ethics
  • Complementary medical techniques
  • Philosophy and history of osteopathy
  • Osteopathic physical and clinical examination
  • Osteopathic diagnostic and differential diagnosis
  • Orthopedic diagnosis
  • Clinical problem-solving and reasoning
  • Osteopathic manual therapy techniques
  • Osteopathic manual therapy application
  • Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Professional practice management
  • Communication and clinical interviewing
  • Clinical documentation
  • Basic skills in interpreting laboratory and imaging data
  • Basic radiology
  • Basic emergency care
  • Basic life-support and first-aid care skills, CPR
  • Sports medicine

The exception may be made for applicants with a firm grasp of overall content.

We accept the applicants from the following routes to apply for the membership of Holistic Manual Practitioner:

  • Professional school education in manual therapies
  • Apprenticeship training in manual therapies


Graduates from a qualified holistic manual therapy program in a recognized school, completed at least 1000 hours of classroom study and clinical practice. The standard curricula cover the following:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Pathology
  • Principles  of Tuina therapy
  • Principles of pain management
  • Relaxation Tuina techniques
  • Therapeutic Tuina techniques
  • Trigger points techniques
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Code of ethics for healthcare
  • Communication skill
  • Municipal regulation for holistic practice
  • Self-care
  • Supervised Chinese massage practice[spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]


[spacer height=”10px” id=”2″]Applicants have the previous medical/healthcare education background and get accelerated professional training by a recognized licensed holistic practitioner. The training content should cover the following teaching modules and at least 500 hours of classroom study and practice.


  • Tuina techniques
  • Tuina practice
  • Trigger points techniques
  • Clinical assessment
  • Municipal holistic practice regulations
  • Requirements for treatment notes and financial record keeping
  • Code of ethics for holistic practice
  • Evaluations and tuina practice for the following conditions: neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, hands pain, wrist pain, hands pain, knee pain, leg pain, ankle strain/sprain, feet pain, stress, and insomnia, etc.
  • Supervised tuina practice

We require an applicant for the membership of medical herbalist to satisfy the following minimum educational standards to ensure the safe practice of herbal medicine.

Completed 1500 hours in herbal medicine training, which consist of a combination of classroom, distance education and apprenticeship hours.

  • At least 600 hours in core herbal subjects such as materia medica, herbal therapeutics, herbal pharmacology, herbal pharmacy, history and philosophy of herbalism, herbal energetic, and field identification.
  • At least 400 hours in the sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and nutrition.
  • At least 500 hours of practical training inpatient consultations and follow-up, assessment, treatment plan development, herbal formulation, herbal dispensing, record keeping.

Applicants must submit documentary evidence to support all training hours.

Specific programs may be accepted which do not necessarily meet all of the hourly requirements. These are reviewed individually by our Education Committee and Board of Directors and are approved based on the quality of the training provided.

Applicants may be asked to take a written or oral examination as part of their application assessment.

For the herbalists who take apprenticeship route should submit:

  • Evidence of all training in relevant fields
  • Proof of completion of any supervised practical hours with a herbalist(s), together with the qualifications and training of the herbalist(s)
  • Evidence of practice (advertising, business registration, etc.)
  • One reference letter from a professional herbalist, and three patients/clients references.

The applicant may be asked to demonstrate their ability to practice safely by taking a written, oral examination. Or a peer assessment.

Our association reserves the right to request a peer assessment for any applicant, regardless of documentation.

These standards are subject to ongoing review by Membership Committee.

Applicants who apply for the membership of aromatherapy practitioner have to graduate from an aromatherapy program or be trained by a recognized licensed aromatherapy practitioner.

A typical training program will be 1000 hours study and satisfy the following courses:[spacer height=”10px”]

  • Anatomy: skeletal system, muscular system, vascular system, neurological system, digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, endocrine System, skin System, physiology
  • Nutrition basic for aromatherapy
  • Massage diagrams & techniques outline
  • Client Assessment, forms and cases studies
  • History of Aromatherapy
  • Botanical classification
  • Essential oils: chemistry, medicinal and pharmacological activities
  • Methods of  extracting essential oils
  • Aromatherapy essential oil massage
  • Aromatherapy lymphatic facial massage
  • Chemistry: major chemical components to become familiar with
  • Methods of production
  • Aromatherapy precautions and contraindications
  • Carrier oils, fatty acids and applications
  • Essential oils & its therapeutic aspects
  • Pregnancy and childcare and breastfeeding
  • Aromatherapy: skin care and skin safety issues
  • Inhalation, the olfactory system
  • Holistic approach
  • Aromatherapy aiding different conditions
  • Ethics in business
  • Business and marketing
  • Clinical practice

Shiatsu practitioner membership applicant has to be a graduate of a recognized school program, completed 1500 hours of classroom and supervised clinical practice.

The typical courses are as the following:

  • Human anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Nutrition basics: prevention, diet, lifestyle
    Fundamentals of oriental medicine
  • Communication skills
  • Public health
  • Self-care
  • Shiatsu theory
  • Shiatsu ethics and jurisprudence
  • Shiatsu techniques
  • Shiatsu treatment
  • Shiatsu assessment
  • Shiatsu indications and contraindications
  • Shiatsu practice
  • Clinical practice

We accept those who completed 1000 hours of study in Esthetics/SPA therapist. The regular curriculum will include the following:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Skincare Services – Facial Analysis and Treatments, Product Knowledge and Selection
  • Makeup Fundamentals
  • Makeup Color Theory, Product  and Lab
  • Nail Essentials
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Nails – Spa Treatments, Nail Art and Gel Overlays
  • Body care and Hydrotherapy
  • Body care: Scrubs, Wraps and Treatments
  • Waxing
  • Eyebrows and Lashes
  • Ethics
  • Massage techniques: Reflexology, Swedish, Hot Stone
  • Medical Esthetician/Laser Technician
  • Yoga, Meditation, Detoxification, and Simplicity
  • Cosmetic Rejuvenation And Lasers
  • Spa Management and Entrepreneurship
  • CPR – Basic Lifesavers Course

We accept the applicant who completed the diploma program in the nutritional consulting practitioner, a typical curriculum may be 1000-1500 hours and include the following courses.

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment (project, Nutritional Assessment and Planning)
  • Nutrition in Aging
  • Food Processing
  • Nutrition in Disease State (Clinical Nutrition)
  • Food Microbiology
  • Nutrition in Life Cycle
  • Food Safety (HACCP and BRC)
  • Food Regulations
  • Weight Management
  • Research in current topics in Nutrition (project)
  • Nutrition for the Endurance Exercises and Sports
  • Diet for the Strength Exercises and Sports
  • Nutrition for Intermittent Exercise and Team Sports
  • Supplements in Health and Sport
  • Doping in Sport
  • Technical Writing and Research Methods
  • Professionalism and Career Development