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: HLTG53321). 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: HLTFTG53321). 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 hospitals, 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 several days)

The five-day introductory workshop will be conducted at the beautifully located Pallotti College, nestled away from the hustle and bustle near Warburton, Victoria. The training location comprises nearly 200 hectares of private land and forest, ideal for FTG training. The nearby unique and scenic Redwood Forest at the Yarra River, the Rainforest Gallery and O’Shannassy Aqueduct offer 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: HLTFTG53321) is scheduled to resume immediately after the INFTA Forest Therapy Introduction (6-10 November 2021). It is open to national and international applicants 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 training are:

  • a tertiary degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field and/or at least three years of relevant professional work experience
  • proficiency in reading, speaking and writing English as well as adequate IT skills
  • skills and experience in teaching, advising or dealing with people
  • physically, mentally and emotionally fit
  • interest in health, nature and environmental issues
  • capable of being outdoors for several hours per day
  • professional behaviour and ethical conduct
  • ability to self-manage studies, attention to detail completing assignments on time

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 focuses on the evidence-based aspects of this Public Health practice. The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is delivered by experienced and INFTA-Certified and Accredited Forest Therapy Guides, dedicated mentors and lecturers (all having tertiary degrees and specialized in their subject area). The INFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training is quality-controlled and monitored by Dr Dieter Kotte, Secretary of the INFTA, who – among other qualifications – holds a PhD in International Comparative Education from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

To become an INFTA-Certified 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 and accepted.

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

COVID-19 Restriction: Please note that only applicants who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 viruses are allowed to participate at the workshop at Pallotti College!

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  • six-months course duration (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53321; November 2021 to May 2022)
  • compact five-day introductory workshop at Pallotti College (6-10 November 2021)
  • 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 the innovative INFTA Learning Management System (INFTA LMS)
  • 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, single-room accommodation during the comprehensive introductory workshop at Pallotti College
  • 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: HLTFTG53321, November 2021 to May 2022) amount to AUD 6,000.- (incl. GST). The fees cover the five-day INFTA Forest Therapy Introduction (Pallotti College, 6-10 November 2021, all inclusive) and the subsequent six-months supervised and mentored INFTA Forest Therapy Guide training (at a location of your choice). 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 15 October 2021

Fees do not cover transport, insurance or any third-party certificates to be obtained. Cancellation is possible any time prior to 15 October 2021; 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.