Application – Forest Therapy Guide Training

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Here you will find all information about the INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLT53120). If you wish to become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide, please click the tab ‘Application Form’ below, fill out the required fields and register your interest by pressing the ‘SUBMIT’ button. INFTA will review your application within three working days and inform you whether you are accepted for the next INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training. Should you have any further question about the training, you can contact us any time. We are happy to help and make your Forest Therapy Guide Training as professional and rewarding for you as possible. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Extend your professional scope and become a Forest Therapy Guide (FTG) certified by and accredited with the International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (INFTA) (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53120). INFTA-Certified FTGs perform a vital role in preventative health or therapeutic medicine. The training is suited for medical practitioners, psychotherapists or environmental experts who are active in clinics, spas, specialized resorts, hotels and wellness centers, in Government departments, organisations, companies or running their own practice. INFTA’s training adheres to the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy (ICCFT) validated by experts from over 20 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Australia in 2017. The overall duration of the INFTA FTG training is six months and comprises of:

  • compact introductory workshop (40 hrs over five days)
  • theoretical and practical training (248 hrs over five months)
  • theoretical and practical examination (8 hrs over two days)

The five-day introductory workshop will be conducted at the beautifully located Uniting Venues Elanora, nestled away from the hustle and bustle in Elanora Heights, New South Wales. The training location is ideally suited for FTG training. The nearby unique and scenic Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden offers the finest of Forest Therapy trails in Australia, perfectly suited for a professional, secluded and effective FTG training.

The next INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53120) is scheduled to resume June 2020 (the exact dates will be announced as soon as the current COVID-19 restrictions allow). It is open to applicants from New South Wales only on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are 12 exclusive training places available. The language of instruction is English.

The requirements to participate in the workshop are:

  • at least a Bachelor degree in a related discipline or a minimum of three years of relevant work experience in a related field
  • proficiency in reading, speaking and writing English
  • skills and experience in teaching, advising or dealing with people
  • adequate personal health
  • interest in health, nature and environmental issues
  • basic IT skills (e.g., using Microsoft Office®, Adobe Acrobat®, Skype®)

These requirements are necessary due to the nature and responsibilities of Forest Therapy Guides who have to be capable of leading diverse groups of people outdoors at different biospheres and locations. Also, a current First Aid certificate and Certificate of Participation in Safe Food Handling Practices is compulsory for each FTG trainee (which may be acquired separately from other training providers prior to the final exam).

The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training utilizes the latest international research and focusses on the evidence-based aspects of this Public Health practice. The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is delivered by experienced and accredited Certified Forest Therapy Guides, dedicated mentors and lecturers (all having tertiary degrees and specialized in their subject area).

To become an INFTA-Certified and INFTA-Accredited Forest Therapy Guide, just complete and submit the Application Form. Again, please note there are only 12 training spots available for this training cohort. These are reserved in the order of applications received.

INFTA is looking forward to welcoming you to its next Forest Therapy Guide Training.

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  • six months course duration (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53120; June to December 2020)
  • compact five-day introductory workshop at Uniting Venues Elanora (June 2020)
  • 296 lessons of instruction (compact introductory workshop, online training, practical exercises and tasks, feedback and mentoring sessions, teleconferencing)
  • comprehensive INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training material
  • access to INFTA’s online database containing over 200 research articles, brochures and books about Forest Therapy, biology, physiology, biochemistry, medicine, Public health and related topics
  • theoretical and final exam
  • INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Certificate (upon successful completion of the course)
  • full-board, shared accommodation during the comprehensive introductory workshop at Uniting Venues Elanora
  • FREE International Handbook of Forest Therapy (hardcover copy)
  • FREE accreditation with INFTA for a period of six months (after successful completion of the Forest Therapy Guide Training)

The fees for the six-months training course (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53120, June to December 2020) cover the five-day INFTA Forest Therapy Introduction (Uniting Venues Elanora, June 2020, all inclusive; AUD 2,500) and the subsequent six-months of supervised and mentored INFTA Forest Therapy Guide training (at a location of your choice; AUD 3,500). The fees will have to be paid in two installments of AUD 3,000.- each:

  • down-payment after acceptance of registration by INFTA
  • final payment to be made prior to 1 June 2020

Fees do not cover transport, insurance or any third-party certificates to be obtained. Cancellation is possible any time prior to 1 June 2020; any cancellation must be submitted to INFTA in written and carries a cancellation fee of AUD 500.-. Please refer to our disclaimer and privacy policy.