Step 1: Apply and be accepted to the SAFM functional medicine training program.
Step 2: Complete the Level 1 semester requirements (approximately 320 hours).
Step 3: Receive a passing grade on Level 1 AFMC certification exam.
Step 4: Complete the Level 2 semester (approximately 320 hours).
Step 5: Receive a passing grade on Level 2 AFMC certification exam.
Step 6: Submit a patient/client case study and assessment for review.
Step 7: Receive a passing grade on Level 3 AFMC Competency Case Study.
Step 8: Re-certify every three years, in accordance with continuing competency requirements, to retain active status of certification.
Scientific Rigor, Third-Party Review
All content is based on professional and evidence-based sources, with progressive recommendations for exploring further published research.
Our program content and AFMC certification exams are third-party reviewed and approved by our Scientific Advisory Board. Board members are well-known in their medical communities for both their intellectual expertise and progressive practices. The advisory board engages with SAFM regularly to share their expertise and insights and provide an annual review of the AFMC certification content.
Continuing Education (CE/CME)
The School of Applied Functional Medicine’s functional medicine training program and exams meet the rigorous accreditation standards required for continuing education credit eligibility. Medical professionals, for example, can earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each of the two program semesters. Practitioners in many other modalities are able to petition to receive credit from their respective governing boards as well. Learn more here.
AFMC practitioners are challenged to master a wide variety of concepts in functional etiology, physiology, and biochemistry with hands-on skills to apply this knowledge.
Immersive and Intensive Study
Practitioners engage in foundational courses, case review classes, regular peer-to-peer think tanks and research discussion, open coaching and Q&A engagement, independent case study analysis, experiential lab work learning opportunities, guest expert training, and other enrichment activities.
Substantial Case Application
Beyond mastering concepts and scientific theory, the AFMC requires practitioners to display their competency and knowledge through extensive hands-on practice with their own patients and formal submission of real-patient case studies for certification.
Each case study requires a complex patient/client case presentation and assesses the practitioner’s abilities in several arenas:
These case studies are reviewed by our certification team to thoroughly vet the credibility, safety, and effectiveness of the practitioner’s skills as demonstrated in the case. A passing grade is required to complete the AFMC certification process.
This credential demonstrates your rich education in functional medicine science and demonstrated knowledge and competency in applying this science in clinical practice. Along with the professional credibility, pride, and satisfaction that accompany this achievement, SAFM offers its AFMC practitioners a variety of valuable benefits:
*Provided you are engaged in the SAFM Practitioner Incubator Program when approached.
**The $250 enrollment fee is waived in exchange for a $50 annual account fee. Due to state laws, this offer currently excludes practitioners and patients in NY, NJ or RI.