There is no standardized, national system for credentialing complementary health practitioners. State and local governments are responsible for deciding what credentials practitioners must have to work in their jurisdiction. The credentials required for complementary health practitioners vary tremendously from state to state and from discipline to discipline.
Credentialing, Licensing, Certifying—What’s the Difference?
Credentials is a broad term that can refer to a practitioner’s license, certification, or education. Government agencies grant and monitor licenses; professional organizations certify practitioners.
Certification can be either a prerequisite for licensure or, in some cases, an alternative. To get certified or licensed, practitioners must meet specific education, training, or practice standards. Being licensed or certified is not a guarantee of being qualified.
States use the following approaches to credential practitioners:
Mandatory licensure: requires practitioners to have a license for providing a service.
Title licensure: requires practitioners to have credentials before using a professional title.
Registration: requires practitioners to provide information about their training and experience to a state consumer protection agency.
I am a practitioner who adheres to all three credential guidelines listed above! It is a privilege to stay abreast with the current trends of my industry and also serve a source of education for the general public's wellbeing.