About Certification

General Information


Ann Johnson, RN, shares her journey to Functional Medicine and the IFM Certification Program
The 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


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Requirements to Become an IFM Certified Practitioner

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  • 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