The APA has the following categories of membership:


1. Practitioner (Full) Membership

These are qualified individual clinicians and practitioners holding a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery (BAMS) degree from a recognised Indian or Sri Lankan University. This category also includes Practitioners holding 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 500 hours of clinical training at a recognised Ayurvedic teaching hospital or training institute.

2. Therapist Membership

This can be fully qualified Panchakarma Therapist working in the capacity of physician assistants to full Ayurvedic practicing members, or Ayurvedic Massage Therapist, Ayurvedic Dietician and Wellness Counsellors working independently alongside or under the guidance of Ayurvedic Doctors and Practitioners. Therapist membership may also be granted to qualified Complementary Therapist with a special interest in providing Ayurvedic Therapies as part of their holistic practice providing they have been granted accreditation for such practices by the awarding body or recognised Ayurvedic Institution. Ayurvedic therapists will have a sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, foundations of Ayurveda, basic Sanskrit language for Ayurveda understanding, essential Ayurvedic spices, Ayurvedic principles for health maintenance, Ayurvedic nutrition, Ayurvedic health maintenance focused body therapies (e.g, Abhyanga, Shirodhara).

3. Affiliate Membership

Affiliate members have successfully completed a minimum of at least 100 hours of face-to-face study in Ayurvedic therapies and hold an anatomy and physiology certificate. They are qualified to give to some Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle advice and they are able to perform some relaxation therapies.

4. Associate Membership

Associate members may be any healthcare provider such as a GP, Clinician or Clinician Assistant, Naturopaths, Complimentary Therapists, Herbalists, Integrated Healthcare Practitioners or Providers, including Physicians in special interest areas related to Ayurvedic / Complimentary Medicine Practice or working in collaborative partnership within the healthcare sector.

5. Overseas Associate Membership

Overseas Associate Members may be any healthcare practitioners living and working outside the UK. This also includes fully qualified Ayurvedic doctors (BAMS, MD or PDH) working outside of the UK.

6. Student Membership

Students on an undergraduate and postgraduate degree programme in Ayurvedic Medicine at an approved University as well as Internees. Also students registered on the short study courses providing they are delivered face-to-face, run for a minimum of 10 days and lead to a qualification, which allows one to register as an Affiliate or Therapist member.

7. Friends of the APA

These are supporting members of the general public having special interest in or learning about Ayurvedic Healthcare including those who have attended seminars and workshops organised by the APA.      


Joining the APA


To join the APA please Download Membership Entrance Criteria, read through it carefully and select the appropriate membership category.

Complete the online application form available below and send all the required documents by e-mail to

Please read the APA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (forms available for download below) before signing your application form.

The APA membership year begins in January. Full members joining later in the year pay a reduced fee for the remaining months of that year.

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Application Form

Step 1 of 5 - Personal Details and Membership Type

  • 1. Personal Details

  • 2. Type of membership