About Certification

Specialty Certification: IFM Certified Practitioner


The mission 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 IFM Certification Program provides the most comprehensive training available in Functional Medicine. The educational materials have been developed by the leaders in the field, and IFM’s teaching faculty have a depth of experience and knowledge honed not only by many years of practice but also by their commitment to the ongoing development of core concepts, tools, and applications. Your IFMCP experience will include the following:

  • Focus on a patient-centered, systems biology approach
  • Evaluation of principal underlying antecedents, triggers, and mediators in the patient workup
  • In-depth application of important dietary, nutraceutical, phytonutrient, mind/body, and pharmacological therapies
  • Detailed clinical applications of core functional laboratory testing
  • Deepening of important practitioner communication skills focused on developing a therapeutic partnership relationship with clients
  • Lecture and case-based learning
  • Onsite and online educational activities
  • Comprehensive assessment of the fundamental physiological systems that organize the key clinical imbalances and are affected by the mental-emotional-spiritual core: Assimilation, Communication, Defense and repair, Transport, Energy, Structural Integrity, Biotransformation and elimination

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

Steps to Certify

View the IFM Planning Calendar
  • Complete the following courses:


The IFM Certified Practitioner badge is awarded to graduates of the IFMCP. The badge may be used on all marketing and promotional materials (website, business cards/forms/letters, etc.) and will also appear in your listing in IFM's Find A Practitioner search.

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