The APA has the following categories of membership:
Full membership is available to fully qualified Ayurvedic doctors with a minimum of BAMS or equivalent degree, and to fully qualified Ayurvedic practitioners with a degree qualification or equivalent in Ayurvedic medicine. All full members are required to be resident in the UK, have completed a minimum of 500 hours of clinical internship at an APA approved college or university hospital, have valid professional indemnity insurance and to abide by the APA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as well as the mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) policy of the APA.
Associate membership is available for:
- Ayurvedic doctors from abroad who are in the UK with a student visa, or equivalent short-term visa that is either without work permit or with a work permit that only allows a limited number of hours of work per week.
- Persons who have education and training in Ayurveda that do not meet the qualification criteria for full membership as per the standards set out by the APA. We do not recognise these members as fully qualified practitioners, but support them in the process of upgrading their knowledge and expertise.
- Ayurvedic massage therapists or Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle therapists.
**Our Therapist Entrance Criteria are currently being reviewed by the APA Education Committee. Please bear with us and the revised criteria will be available shortly.
Student membership is open to all undergraduate students of validated Ayurvedic degree courses in the UK that are recognised by the APA.
Joining the APA
To join the APA, please CHECK THE ELIGIBILITY REVIEW document, download the application form below and ensure when returning your form that it is accompanied by all the relevant documents as detailed on page 1 of the form. If you have any queries regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please read the APA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct before signing your application form.
The APA membership year begins in January. Those joining later in the year pay a reduced fee for the remaining months of that year. Please see the current Membership Fees document below for more details.
Download Therapist Entrance Criteria **Our Therapist Entrance Criteria are currently being reviewed by the APA Education Committee. Please bear with us and the revised criteria will be available shortly.
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