To become licensed to practice naturopathic medicine, a person must first write and pass board exams. These exams are necessary in order to regulate the quality of those in practice. Once these exams are passed, the individual becomes a licensed naturopathic doctor and is permitted to practice in any regulated province or state. To date, the only provinces that are regulated are British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba.
Regulation allows the province to decide who is and who isn’t qualified to practice naturopathic medicine in that province. If a province is not regulated, however, that province is less able to control the quality of those in practice. Until regulation becomes a reality in all provinces, it is up to the public to protect themselves by finding out a person’s credentials before seeing them.