INFTA sets the standards for and organizes the training of INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guides nationally and internationally. This is done in close collaboration with members of the INFTA Advisory Board, established research institutes and organizations as part of a dynamic international network. Training of Forest Therapy Guides is based on the International Core Curriculum for Forest Therapy (ICCFT) designed by INFTA in 2017. In the process, the ICCFT was evaluated and validated by over 120 international experts from 20 countries.
INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide training aims to provide learners with the knowledge, competencies and confidence to facilitate high-quality Forest Therapy sessions for a very large spectrum of clients and participants. This training offers the opportunity to develop professional and personal leadership, social and interpersonal capacity, and the skills and technical knowledge to contribute to the growing field of research in the area of Forest Therapy as a Public health practice.
You can start your training to become an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide any time – anywhere in the world. This is possible due to the multilingual, innovative and professional INFTA Learning Management System – available 24/7, all year round.
Training is delivered through related theoretical and practical components. The robust link of these aspects of the training allows learners to understand the research and evidence base of the practice, on which to develop the required practical skills and competencies. A time ratio of around two-thirds practical (approx. 180 lessons) to one-third theoretical (approx. 90 lessons) instruction will be maintained. As learners progress through the course, they will build a portfolio of resources and record evidence of their work, experiences and observations (incl. video-taped activities of guided Public Forest Therapy walks).
To support our trainees INFTA employs a multilingual, professional, high-end Learning Management System (LMS) using the latest online and cloud-based learning technology. This makes learning – even for those coming from a non-English speaking background – much easier. The INFTA LMS is highly interactive and provides an excellent line of communication to mentors and fellow trainees. It is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
Learners should allow adequate time to read and understand the contents, undertake investigative research and allow adequate time to plan, manage and lead four guided Public Forest Therapy sessions of three hours each as part of their practicum. The average time commitment to progress through the practicum is 10-15 hours per week. Trainees should be aware of the complexity of the content in order to self-manage the assignment load well.
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Please click either of options open for application to obtain more details and how to apply in becoming an INFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide.
You can start your training any time – no matter where you live – by enrolling online for the six-months supervised and mentored practicum offered through the INFTA LMS, 24/7… all year round.
If you prefer to start with an exclusive face-to-face training workshop and then continue with your six-months practicum, INFTA offers multiple training options, nationally and internationally. Please select the training cohort which you wish to enrol in.
The training in Forest Therapy is conducted by INFTA-Accredited Training Providers. During your practicum, there are also professional internship placements with partner organisations available.