The APA represents different categories of members from Students, Associate Therapists, Therapists, Practitioners to BAMS Doctors trained in India or Sri Lanka.
This is good to know because the APA member category best suited to you will be dependent on your health needs. For example all categories will have training in body therapies but only Practitioners or BAMS Doctors will have undertaken extensive over 3 - 7 (years) training in Ayurveda. These may well then choose to specialise in a certain areas, i.e. Pulse diagnosis or offer Panchakarma (Ayurvedic specialist detox).
NB If the title Doctor is used but does not refer to BAMS this means the member is a medical Doctor who has added Ayurveda but may not have completed more than a short course in Ayurveda similar to the Associate Therapist or Therapist level.
These are fully qualified individual clinicians and practitioners holding a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) degree from a recognised Indian or Sri Lankan University or a Masters or Bachelors Degree or at least 3 years full time Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine and who have completed their clinical internship requiring a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical training at a recognised Ayurvedic teaching hospital or training institute.
These are qualified Ayurvedic Therapists working in the capacity as assistants to full Ayurvedic practising members, or as Ayurvedic Massage Therapist, or Ayurvedic dietitian or Wellness Counsellors or qualified Panchakarma Therapist. Therapist can work independently in areas for which they are trained or alongside and under the guidance of Ayurvedic Doctors and Practitioners.