Since 1998, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association has led the effort to establish the practice of Ayurveda in America, with one of its main goals to support the development of Ayurvedic educational and professional standards nationally. Through these efforts the NAMA Certification Board was founded in March 2017 to maintain the certification arm of the profession.

Earning NAMACB certification represents a significant professional achievement. As an emerging healthcare profession in the U.S., Ayurvedic medicine is not yet widely recognized. Building off of educational competencies and standards developed by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, NAMACB certification is the first well-established credentialing process for Ayurvedic medicine in the U.S.; as such, it provides one of the few means by which clients, healthcare entities, government agencies and others can determine whether individual practitioners are qualified.

Our Mission

To promote the health and well-being of the public, ensure public safety, and advance the professional practice of Ayurvedic medicine by establishing and promoting nationally recognized Ayurvedic professional certification credentials that reflect evidence-informed standards of competence.

The Importance of Credentialing

  • It helps employers judge the skills of existing or potential employees.
  • It helps to build more value of the profession in the public eye.
  • It gives the general public a basis for evaluating a service provider.
  • It allows those who are certified to differentiate themselves from others in the profession and to advance their career.

“The creation of a board certified exam is one of the most pivotal junctures in professionalizing Ayurveda in the United States and propelling it forward as a recognized healthcare system. The support they provide to the community is valuable beyond measure”
— Kathy Jo AD, Purusha Ayurveda Wellness & Panchakarma

Our Certification Exams

The NAMA Certification Board has teamed up with a professional psychometric team of experts who oversee the development of all our exams to provide the necessary tools and guidance to help ensure our certification program is:

  • Useful: Achieves our professional goals.
  • Credible: Has perceived value and holds up under the scrutiny of others in the health care field.
  • Reliable: Consistently measures whatever the test is measuring.
  • Valid: The scores provide meaningful information based upon the purpose of the test(s).
  • Legally Defensible: Has followed the best practices to help ensure the test scores are fair, reliable and valid.