Please note that membership is only available to Therapists and not the general public.
Application Procedure Step 1. The Member will fill out and nominate one only registered modality on an official Charter Application Form and send it to the Secretary for interim processing.
Step 2. Upon receipt and initial appraisal by the Qualifications Committee, a copy of the ratified minimum standards for that specific modality and a covering letter outlining the necessary requirements and procedure for chartering through SNTR Inc. will be posted to the Member.
Step 3. The Member will be required to send back to the Qualifications Committee, comprehensive, authorised documentation of that modality to substantiate their levels of skill and expertise in the various categories of FORMAL TRAINING, EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS that meet the minimum standards set out by the respective Affiliate School, Academy, Institute, Association or other establishment and accepted by the New Zealand Charter Self Governing Council of the NATURAL THERAPIES BOARD, NATURAL MEDICINES BOARD, TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE BOARD and TRADITIONAL MAORI MEDICINE BOARD
Eligibility and Acceptance The Member’s documentation will be scrutinised for authenticity and accuracy by the Qualifications Committee before a decision is made, based upon the information supplied as to the Member’s educational qualification for chartering. If the Qualifications Committee believes that the data supplied meets the criteria and indicates that the Member has had adequate training to qualify for chartering and comes within the designated framework of the minimum educational standards set out for the modality, they will support the application to be put forward for consideration to Natural Health Practitioners. If, however, the information submitted falls below the minimum standards then the application will be declined, but to avoid any undue disadvantage, the Member will be notified with a letter of recommendation to further extend their training to certificate/diploma status level with a Natural Health Practitioners approved training establishment, to upgrade their qualifications to the current Natural Health Practitioners standards. They may then wish to re-apply at a later date.
Rules - Objects of the Society The objects for which the Society is established are:
(1) To establish, support, raise, promote, organise, maintain and protect the character, status, interest, and reputation of all persons who are from time to time Members of the Society,
(2) To organise and promote the Accreditation of the Society’s Members, to settle rules, regulations, educational levels and patient refund procedures governing the practice of Natural Health Sciences as practiced by Members of the Society, and to decide all questions of professional ethics, usage and courtesy by or amongst members,
(3) To create and maintain high standards of professional qualifications by providing courses of instruction, and where necessary advanced instruction, in all subjects included in the study of Natural Health Sciences, and by supplying training in the principles and practice of Natural Health Sciences through recognised training clinics duly selected for that purpose by the Society whether in New Zealand or overseas,
(4) To provide teaching establishments in respect of courses of instruction in relation to all modalities of Natural Health Sciences and to provide “Graduate,” “Fellowship,” “Senior Fellowship” and “Senior Research Fellowship” Awards, Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other academic awards accordingly,
(5) To produce publications on all aspects of Natural Health Sciences to its Members from time to time in whatever form decided by the Executive Management Committee,
(6) To provide a “Certificate of Membership” to those persons (Student Members) who are enrolled in a course of study in Natural Health Sciences at an “approved teaching establishment” or other teaching establishment approved by the Society,
(7) To provide a combined “Certificate of Membership and Accreditation”
(a) to those persons (Associate Members) who hold primary qualifications in Natural Health Sciences and certain modalities of Natural Therapies, and (b) to those persons (Graduate Members) whose qualifications or experience are accepted by the Executive Management Committee for Graduate Membership and accreditation,
(8) To provide a “Certificate of Membership and Accreditation” to those persons (Fellows) whose qualifications and training are accepted by the Executive Management Committee for Fellowship of the Society,
(9) To provide a “Certificate of Membership and Accreditation” to those persons (Senior Fellows) whose qualifications and training are accepted by the Executive Management Committee for Fellowship of the Society,
(10) to provide a “Certificate of Membership and Accreditation” to Senior Research Fellows of the Society,
(11) That the Society accredit qualified Natural Health Practitioners – (a) who are graduates of an approved teaching establishment, or (b) whose qualifications and experience, or, in the case of the level of Fellowship and higher, whose qualifications and training are acceptable to the Executive Management Committee for the purposes of accreditation, and
(12) to seek acceptance by Health Funds for the purposes of health benefit refunds for patients of Accredited Practitioners who are declared by the Society to be fit to practice.