Membership FAQ’s

How much does it cost to join IAOTH

Full Membership is only $30 pa which includes your free directory listing on our website, promotional materials and professional status. You will need to renew this fee annually to maintain membership status.

How long does it take for my IAOTH Membership to be approved?

Your IAOTH Membership will intitially be instantly approved as our ethos is one of trust of our members, we reserve the right to withdraw membership if we find that membership has been fraudulently applied for; please note we will spot-check your qualifications and also validate relevant industry experience, so please make sure you upload all relevant documentation and information on application. Once you have been approved for IAOTH membership and have been issued a membership number, you will be issued with a membership certificate to support you for insurance purposes etc

Do I need insurance in place before applying for IAOTH membership

Your first step is to join the IAOTH, you do not need to have insurance in place to be a member of our organisation but we strongly advise that you do once you arrange this for your own safety and protection. Once you are an approved member, we will provide you with access to our members special rates for insurance cover with PolicyBee. Do remember there are other insurance service providers too.

I have gained therapist qualifications in other countries can I still join the IAOTH?

As an international organisation we accept Practitioners and Therapists who have gained qualifications internationally, provided their certification, training and/or experience meets our criteria.

What kind of training, qualifications and experience does the IAOTH recognise?

The IAOTH recognises over 1,100+ standard and complementary therapies and modalities. Documentation will be required to recognise membership and we spot-check applicants eligibility with their qualification provider if applicable. We also recognise that often time spent in on-the-job training is not professionally documented and we welcome applications from those with experience rather than a formal certificate (please indicate this on your application). We offer membership to a diverse number of traditional and natural therapies. The IAOTH also welcomes training providers who offer correspondence and distance education courses in natural therapies provided the training meets our criteria and standards. (to find out more about this please click on the Approved Training Provider link)

Can any overseas applicants join the IAOTH

Yes, absolutely, we are an international therapist organisation offering international membership.

What do I need to submit in order to gain membership?

As a recognised member of our organisation you will need to provide copies of any qualifications along with the IAOTH membership registration form online. If you are applying on the basis of work experience then please indicate this on your application.  We accept your qualifications and experience in good faith and reserve the right to do a spot-check on your qualification and training to confirm your submitted details  for membership with the IAOTH. For those applying for membership through an approved training provider membership is automatically granted and will only be withdrawn if there is a violation of our code of ethics. All members are required to sign the code of ethics for our organisation.

Is it compulsory for all IAOTH Members to have Public Liability Insurance?

In this day and age we would advise all our Members to take out public liability insurance it is in your own interest to do so.

I am a member of other Associations. Can I also be a member of the IAOTH?

Yes, we welcome membership to members of existing Associations.

I have several practitioners in my practise, are we required to take out separate IAOTH Membership?

Yes, separate IAOTH Membership is required for each individual practitioner.

As a current IAOTH Member, how do I add new qualifications to my existing Membership?

Any new qualifications that you have gained after you have been approved as an IAOTH Member, can be added onto your membership.  You will also have access to update your profile listing on the directory using your member log in details.

When is my IAOTH Membership valid from?

Your IAOTH membership is valid for 365 days from the date you register and pay for your membership and operates where possible on an annual automatic billing system, we suggest you use PayPal as your preferred payment method as should you choose to opt out you can cancel the recurring payments very easily. We will issue you with an instant refund should there be any issue with your membership application. You are also entitled to a full refund within 14 days of signing up should you decide to cancel your application. You will be sent an email notice to advise you that your renewal is due 2 weeks before the due date, unless cancelled your renewal fee will automatically be deducted from your preferred payment option. You can opt out of the automatic billing anytime by contacting us or if you have signed up using paypal then you can cancel this directly with paypal.

Do I need to do Continuing Professional Development in order to renew my IAOTH Membership?

It is not compulsory to do Continuing Professional Development in your field  in order to retain and renew your IAOTH Membership, however we believe that it is a good idea to do so! We grant membership on the basis of your existing qualifications and experience, so provided your existing qualifications and experience meet our criteria your membership can be renewed and maintained.

Can I join the IAOTH with one modality now and add another modality later?

Yes, as and when you complete new qualifications, simply edit your profile on the therapists directory when this has been done.

What if my modality is not listed on your site, and what steps can I take to get my modality listed?

If you know of a modality that is not on our list or you are the founder and have pioneered a new modality, you may request to have this approved by the IAOTH for membership and insurance purposes. Send us an email with your details to

How do I become a member of IAOTH?

Here’s how it works: Step 1. Select the join now button, you will be prompted to agree to a code of ethics and you can then submit payment.

Step 2. You will be prompted to create a log-in with password

Step 3. Log-in to your personal profile and start creating your personal profile and membership listing, you can create this in your own time. Some of our members prefer to not have a listing in our online directory and instead use the stationery logos for their advertising. It is by no means compulsory to create an online listing and you may do this at any point in your membership.

Step 4. Your profile will be reviewed by our moderators and any further information needed may be requested by our team.

IAOTH as an Association

The IAOTH represents one of the largest list of recognised standard and natural therapy modalities. IAOTH recognises your existing qualifications and we do not require you to do continued professional development to maintain your membership, though we highly recommend that you do to keep your skills up to date. We also recognise international qualifications as well as online education and distant education.

How do I log into the members area?

Simply click on our Member log-in and enter your email address and password. Once you are in the members area you will be able to access your account and profile information.

Where do I find my membership number?

Once your membership is approved, you will be issued with a membership certificate. Your membership number is displayed on your IAOTH membership on the top right hand side.

Where can I access the IAOTH advertising logo downloads?

Just log into the members area with your email and password and select the icon ‘Member Downloads’. Here you can access our logos for use on your promotional materials; adverts, email signatures and website, etc. These logos are for your personal use only and may not be used to denote that you are an approved training provider for the IAOTH. If you would like to register for Approved Training Provider status, please click here.

How do I add new qualifications and information to my membership profile?

Log into the members area, and add your new details as and when you get them.

How do I renew my membership?

Your membership will automatically renew each year, if your membership has expired you will need to reapply as if you are a new applicant.  If you need to update your payment details, you can log into the members area and renew your membership by following the tabs to do so.

What are the benefits of Full Membership?

Full Membership provides you with internationally recognised professional status. Full members enjoy a free directory listing and profile on our website and the free advertising that comes with that as we promote our therapists page throughout the world. Members also have access to our approved training provider scheme with an internationally recognised member certificate; .

Does membership give me access to discounted insurance?

Yes, our membership provides access to discounted practitioner insurance with our recommended insurers.

How am I billed after signing up?

IAOTH bills its members on an automated 365 day recurring billing system. This means your membership is valid for a full 365 days from the date of registering with us. Recurring billing ensures your membership is maintained at all times and guarantees you continued access to all of your member benefits as well as maintaining your directory listing. If you wish to opt out of recurring billing, you can either cancel the payment through PayPal (if thats what you used for your initial payment) or  just email our team at:

How am I notified me when it’s time to renew?

 You will be emailed 14 days prior to your renewal, advising you that your  payment method will be debited for the selected renewal amount, this will only occur if you have confirmed that this is how you wish to pay. If you do not wish to renew your membership you can cancel anytime by contacting IAOTH at: