About Certification

General Information:

The overall goal of The Institute for Functional Medicine's Certification Program (IFMCP) is to deepen and broaden the expertise and knowledge base of clinicians in the principles and practice of functional medicine. The main objectives of the program for participants are:
  • To use patient-centered diagnosis and apply the concepts of antecedents, triggers, and mediators in assessment and workup;
  • To become adept in the use of the Functional Medicine Matrix Model and systems thinking;
  • To achieve proficiency in the workup of patients who present with complex chronic disease;
  • To develop skill and competence in the treatment of patients with complex chronic disease using diet, lifestyle, nutrient, phytonutrient, mind/body, and pharmaceutical modalities;
  • To develop skill and competence in evaluating and planning primary and secondary preventive interventions using diet, lifestyle, nutrient, phytonutrient, mind/body, and pharmaceutical modalities

Requirements to Become an IFM Certified Practitioner:


Completion of the following onsite courses:

Maintenance/Renewal of Certification:

To maintain certification:

  • Maintain current IFM membership
  • Maintain active clinical health care license

To Renew Certification:

  • Pass a written examination every sixth year following certification
  • Provide a copy of your current health care practitioner license

Click here for a printable PDF of the Certification Path Diagram.