The Why, How, and Value of The NAMACB EXAM

WHAT IS THE EXAM?

The National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board (NAMACB) exams are critical for recognition of Ayurvedic medicine in the United States, as they provide a baseline for standardization. The exams are based on the core competencies of what is expected in Ayurvedic curriculums in schools of Ayurveda in the United States.  

WHY TAKE THE EXAM?

  • Prepare for licensing (certification will be required once Ayurveda becomes a licensed profession in the U.S.)

  • Distinguish yourself

  • Elevate the reputation of Ayurveda in the U.S

AVAILABLE EXAMS

  • Ayurvedic Health Counselor 

  • Ayurvedic Practitioner 

  • Ayurvedic Doctor (Beta exam coming soon) 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

  • AHC: $375 for registration

  • AP: $450 for registration

  • AD: TBD

  • There is an additional $125 fee for applicants who did not graduate from a NAMA “Recognized” program for the administrative review needed to determine their eligibility to sit for the exam.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO QUALIFY FOR THE EXAM?

Documentation of education that meets the NAMACB’s Educational Requirements and covers the Core Competencies. This documentation includes a record of the number of hours you spent in class, case studies, and a transcript that showcases your work as a student.

WHEN CAN I APPLY TO TAKE THE EXAM?

As soon as you graduate from your program, you may apply to take the exam. You are responsible for having your school send your transcript to namacb@ayurvedanama.org.

WHERE CAN I TAKE IT?

You may take the exam at one of the Onsite Proctor Centers that are located around the world. If taking the exam at an Onsite Center presents logistical challenges, you can take the exam at home via Online Proctoring if you comply with the proctoring technology and security requirements.

HOW LONG IS THE EXAM?

You will have 150 minutes to complete the exam. It consists of approximately 100 questions. 

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE EXAM?

Multiple choice 

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE EXAM?

  • As soon as possible after graduation, when all material is fresh in your mind.

  • Before you begin practicing—We recommend that you take your terminus exam for the level at which you will be ultimately practicing (e.g., do not take the AHC if you are planning to practice as an AP; do not take the AP exam if you are planning to practice as an AD).

Exceptions

  • Take the AHC exam if you will be practicing as an AHC even if you will be enrolled in an AP program after completing your AHC program. 

  • Likewise, take the AP exam if you will be practicing as an AP even if you will be enrolled in an AD program after completing your AP program.

WHAT STUDY RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Study guide 

  • Resource list of Sanskrit terminology 

  • Article by a successful examinee

  • Find all study resources here

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL THE EXAM? 

  • You may take the exam again in three months.

  • You may take the exam up to four times.

  • All retakes must occur within three years of the date you first became qualified to sit for the exam.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO QUALIFY FOR NAMA PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP?

Passing the exam and paying membership dues

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