Information contained on this page:
- information for experienced homeopaths
- what will happen next
- about registration
- what are the criteria
- the individual route for experienced homeopaths
- our contact details
Information for experienced homeopaths
What is the Individual Route to registration?
Access to registration with The Society of Homeopaths is automatic for those who have qualified from one of the professional homeopathy courses recognised by The Society at the point when they qualified.
The purpose of The Society of Homeopaths’ Individual Route (previously called the APEL route) is to provide an alternative pathway for entry to The Society Register.
As an Individual Route applicant, you will be required to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes equivalent to those of a Society recognised course. The process will enable you to show how your education and/or experience in practice can fulfil these criteria.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from practitioners who have received their education in homeopathy overseas or who have completed either a part-time or full-time structured study course in this country*, either independently or on a course not recognised by The Society. Experiential learning in practice can also be taken into account.
Our supportive process simply involves the submission of a portfolio demonstrating your qualifications and experience, followed by a meeting with members of The Society’s helpful and experienced team.
To be eligible for the Individual Route you need to…
- have completed a professional homeopathy course of structured study* (either independently or on a course not recognised by The Society)
- have a right of residence in the UK in accordance with current Home Office criteria
- be able to communicate clearly in the English language
* if you are an experienced homeopath who has qualified through an alternative route, please provide evidence of substantial practice experience
What’s the next step?
Stage 1 – To get started – simply contact us
Please contact the Society office by phone, letter or e-mail, giving a brief summary of your education and experience in homeopathy. In return, we will let you know if you are eligible to apply and the date of the next application deadline. We will also send you an application form together with an information pack.
If you hold a South African Government Accredited Qualification, please let us know at this stage, as you may be eligible for a shorter route.
Stage 2 – How to apply
Please complete the application form and return 2 copies to the Society office together with the following documentation:
- a copy of any qualification in homeopathy and any other relevant qualification (e.g. medical)
- details of the homeopathy course(s) you attended, or details of other structured study
- 2 copies of a self-evaluation based on the Society’s Core Criteria for Homeopathic Practice (see guidance notes)
- 2 copies of case notes for two patients currently or recently under your care (see guidance notes)
- a photocopy of your work permit (if applicable)
- a copy of your English Language qualification/assessment (if English is not your first language)
- a photocopy of your insurance policy for practice as a homeopath
Please also send two cheques made payable to The Society of Homeopaths to the office:
£75 Initial application fee (non-returnable)
What will happen next?
On receipt of your application and the accompanying documents, the Assessment Committee will be able to evaluate your application to determine whether you are currently eligible to proceed to the next stage.
If your application is unsuccessful, we will write to explain the committee’s decision, and ensure that your documents are returned to you along with your second cheque of £175.
Please note, the Assessment Committee will usually meet once or twice a year, depending on the number of applications received.
Stage 3 – Time to meet you
Once we have received satisfactory responses from any enquiries or references, we will arrange with you a date for an interview with two homeopaths who also have experience in education, mentoring, and/or supervision. The meeting will last about an hour and will give you the opportunity to talk about your cases in more detail and to clarify any matters arising from them regarding your homeopathy practice.
The interview will normally be held in London. The purpose of the meeting is to help the panel determine your suitability to practise homeopathy as a registered member of The Society of Homeopaths.
If you can demonstrate fulfilment of our criteria, you will be able to apply for registration. Please note if the panel decides that you have not yet provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate fulfilment of our entry criteria, you will be invited to submit further evidence.
Stage 4 – Additional evidence
If you need to provide further evidence, the panel will send you clear written feedback to guide you. Additional evidence may take the form of:
- a portfolio of suggested assignments which you could complete and submit for evaluation at an agreed date
- additional case notes which might demonstrate particular aspects of practice
- reflections on further educational and/or practice experience
Please note there will be an additional fee of up to £250 for assessment of additional portfolios.
Summary of charges for Individual Route to registration:
£75 for initial application
£175 for progression, including interview
£250 for further portfolio evaluation
Therefore, the minimum charge would be £250 and the maximum charge would be £500.
Stage 5 – Application for registration
Having reached this stage, you will be invited to apply for registration in the same way as a candidate qualifying from a recognised course. We will also be able to provide you with professional insurance cover for your practice. Details are available in our leaflet “Registration with The Society of Homeopaths” or visit the registration section from here.
Registration with The Society of Homeopaths involves an individual agreement to deliver a certain quality and level of service to patients.
On receipt of your signed agreement confirming that you find the terms of newly registered membership acceptable to you, your name will appear on The Society of Homeopaths’ register.
Newly registered members of The Society will be supported through workshops, supervision and a continuing professional development programme.
What are the criteria?
You will be required to demonstrate that you have studied and practised homeopathy to the breadth and depth normally covered through one of our recognised courses. Recommended scope of study is described in our Framework for Professional Homeopathy Course Content, which correlates to the following standards:
- The Complementary and Natural Healthcare National Occupational Standards for Homeopathy*
- Recommendations from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
- The Society of Homeopaths’ Course Recognition Criteria*
- The Society of Homeopaths’ Code of Ethics and Practice*
- The Society of Homeopaths’ Clinical Education Guidelines*
- The Society of Homeopaths’ Core Criteria for Homeopathic Practice*
If you wish, we can send you a copy of this framework with your application form, so that you can use it to provide evidence to support your application. The documents marked with an * are available on our website.
In order to practise homeopathy professionally, we would expect your qualification to be broadly equivalent to a first degree – this means you will be able to show:
- an ability to evaluate and synthesise a range of information
- the capacity to form your own opinions and make independent decisions in the light of such knowledge
- recognition that your approach may vary according to context
- an awareness of different ways of working and current developments in homeopathy
If English is not your first language, you will be asked to provide evidence of a Level 7 certificate in English or equivalent qualification. Information can be obtained from IELTS, University of Cambridge, Local Examinations Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge CB1 2EU. Tel. 01223 553355. www.IELTS.org
The Individual Route for experienced homeopaths
If you qualified over 5 years ago, you might find the following notes helpful:
The Society welcomes applications from homeopaths who have gained experience in practice and related professional roles. We aim to respect the achievements of the applicant and we have made every effort to devise a sound but flexible Individual Route for homeopaths who have not qualified directly through our recognised courses . Whilst we maintain the need to meet our criteria, we consider each application on its merit and will be happy to discuss with you how you can demonstrate your qualifications and experience most effectively.
As a basic requirement to accompany your application, we ask all applicants to send in 2 recent cases and a self-evaluation. If you have over 5 years experience as a practising homeopath in the UK, we would not expect the kind of detailed case notes which might be more appropriate for a newly qualified candidate. You might prefer to present salient points and focus on a specific challenge or other significant issue which arose for you from the case. Also, if you have written an article, book or presented at a conference for example, we will be happy to accept extracts of such material as part of your portfolio. We welcome relevant, succinct responses which demonstrate your individual experience of practice in homeopathy.
The meeting is a further opportunity for you to demonstrate your experience and to expand on your application material or ask us questions.
If your initial application meets our criteria and your references are sound, we might not need to meet you at this stage, or we might be able to arrange a meeting with a few applicants who live in the same area. In such cases, we will refund all or part of the ‘progression fee’ as appropriate.
For all applicants
Please note that the Individual Route process is to evaluate eligibility, through training and experience, to apply for registration with The Society of Homeopaths. Eligibility needs to be established prior to a registration application by homeopaths who qualified overseas or from a UK course which has not been recognised by the Society.
Therefore, you will need to apply for Registration after you have satisfied our eligibility criteria through the Individual Route.
For overseas applicants
Registration with the Society of Homeopaths provides insurance and professional support for homeopaths practising in the UK. There can be no guarantee of employment, as most homeopaths in the UK are self-employed. Therefore registration will not be acceptable as proof of employment in visa applications. Applicants must therefore already be resident in the UK with permission to work.
For more information please contact:
The Society of Homeopaths
11 Brookfield, Duncan Close, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6WL
Tel: 01604 817890 or email email@example.com
To download the Individual Route to Registration brochure: click here
To download the Individual Route application form click here
To download the Individual Route Cases Guidelines click here
To download the Individual Route Core Criteria assignment click here