The Evolution of Functional Medicine Certification

Published: June 6, 2024

On behalf of The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) Board of Directors, Executive Leadership, and Team, we have an exciting update regarding the current IFM Certification Program and the evolution of functional medicine certification.

Celebrating the Current Program and Certified Practitioners

IFM has been at the forefront of educating clinicians for more than 30 years, and since 2013, our functional medicine certification program has been instrumental in building the confidence and competence of practitioners worldwide. In our most recent April 2024 cohort, we proudly welcomed 118 new certified practitioners, bringing the total number of IFM Certified Practitioners (IFMCP) to an impressive 2,393. Additionally, we have over 3,145 candidates currently on their journey toward certification. We are extremely proud of this program and our practitioners, who are serving communities around the globe.

Evolution of the Certification Program

Over the last few years, IFM completed formal reviews of the current certification program to identify areas for improvement and continue to advance our mission to ensure the widespread adoption of functional medicine. This involved engaging with external credentialing consultants, clinicians, and subject matter experts through surveys, feedback sessions, and detailed review of relevant standards. One crucial aspect of this evaluation was a formalized Job Analysis – an 18-month endeavor that defined the key knowledge, skills, and abilities of functional medicine practitioners. This analysis validated and served as a critically important and foundational step in the development of the functional medicine competencies, which are almost final. The insights gained from these efforts have been invaluable in shaping the future of our certification program.

New Certification Program Update

We are pleased to share that a new, evolved certification program is in development and is set to launch in 2025! What does this mean?

  • The current certification program will continue until the final planned IFMCP testing cohort in Q3 2025, with a final date to be determined.
  • Rest assured, all current certified practitioners in good standing with their clinical licensure will transition into the new program at the time of its launch.
  • Approved candidates who have completed all required coursework, the case study, and the written exam will be eligible for certification in the final anticipated IFMCP testing cohort.

What’s Next?

This is the first of a series of updates we will communicate over the next several months and into next year as we evolve the current certification program and prepare for the new one. As we finalize program details, we will provide continuous updates to ensure a smooth transition for certified practitioners, candidates, those interested in completing under the current program, and those interested in applying completed training toward the new program.

Contact IFM’s Customer Relations Team at or 800.228.0622.

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to IFM and the field of functional medicine. Together, we’re advancing the transformation of healthcare.