Examinations

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario relies on a number of impartial and objective measures of an applicant’s qualifications to ensure that applicants have the knowledge, skill and judgment to practise safely, competently and ethically upon registration.  These will vary depending on which pathway (as described in the Registration Overview) for registration an applicant is following.  

NPLEX 

Applicants for registration who have graduated from a CNME-accredited Naturopathic program are required to successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination (NPLEX), which is administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).  The College requires completion of NPLEX II along with the Acupuncture elective; however, under NABNE’s governing policies, an individual must have successfully completed NPLEX I in order to be qualified to write NPLEX II.

For more information about the NPLEX, click here.

New Entry-to-Practise Exams 2019

Just as the regulation of naturopathy has evolved, so has the College’s need for entry-to-practise examinations that reflect current practice and the laws that govern it in Ontario. As a result, the College is developing its own entry-to-practise examinations that will eventually replace the use of the NPLEX exams in the province beginning in 2019.


This section will be updated as the College moves forward with implementing the new exams to provide students, schools and other stakeholders with advance notice of timing and transition plans.


In the meantime, get the facts! Read more about why and how the exams are being created, who they apply to, and the regulatory requirements they are intended to address. Access articles and fact sheets below.

Student-specific FAQ
(Adobe PDF File)

Ontario Clinical Examinations

Applicants for registration who have graduated from a CNME-accredited program or who have been deemed substantially equivalent by the Colleges Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Program (PLAR) must also successfully complete the College’s Clinical Examinations. These examinations assess the Applicant’s entry-level competencies in manipulation, acupuncture and physical examination/instrumentation.

For more information about the Ontario Clinical Examinations, click here.

Jurisprudence Examination

All Applicants for registration, regardless of which pathway being used to become registered, must complete the Jurisprudence Examination.  This examination is a learning-oriented examination that focuses on the legislation, regulations and standards of practice of the profession in Ontario.  The examination is similar to a learning module that presents information to the candidate and then poses a serious of questions.

For more information about the Jurisprudence Examination, click here.