Application – Forest Therapy Guide Training

Here you will find all information about ANFTA-Certified Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLT53218). If you wish to become an ANFTA-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. ANFTA will review your application within three working days and inform you whether you are accepted for the next ANFTA-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 Australasian Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance (ANFTA) (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53218). ANFTA-Certified FTGs perform a vital role in preventive and 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. ANFTA’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 ANFTA 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 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 ANFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53218) is scheduled to begin 12 September 2018. 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.

Applicants should possess a Bachelor degree in any discipline or at least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent). This is required 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 Wilderness First Aid certificate is compulsory for each FTG trainee (which may be acquired prior to the final exam).

The total costs for the six-months ANFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training amount to only AUD 6,000, payable in two installments. A down-payment of AUD 3,000 is to be made once the application is accepted, while the remaining AUD 3,000 are due prior to 15 August 2018. Before submitting your application, please read our disclaimer and privacy policies. In case of cancelling your reserved training spot, ANFTA will have to charge a cancellation fee of AUD 500.-.

The costs include all lessons of instructions (compact introductory workshop, online training, mentoring sessions/teleconferencing), a copy of the comprehensive ANFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Manual, access to ANFTA’s online database (which contains several hundred research papers, brochures and books), the theoretical and final exam and, upon successful completion of the course, the ANFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Certificate. The costs also cover full board and single-room accommodation during the compact introductory workshop at Pallotti College as well as FREE accreditation with ANFTA for a period of six months immediately after becoming a Certified Forest Therapy Guide!

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

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

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

  • six months course duration (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53218; September 2018 to February 2019)
  • compact five-day introductory workshop at Pallotti College (12-18 September 2018)
  • 296 lessons of instruction (compact introductory workshop, online training, practical exercises and tasks, feedback and mentoring sessions, teleconferencing)
  • comprehensive ANFTA Forest Therapy Guide Training Manual
  • access to ANFTA’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
  • ANFTA 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 ANFTA for a period of six months (after successful completion of the Forest Therapy Guide Training)

The costs for the six-months training course (Professional Training Course Code: HLTFTG53218, September 2018 to February 2019) amount to AUD 6,000.- (all inclusive). These will have to be paid in two installments of AUD 3,000.- each:

  • down-payment after acceptance of registration by ANFTA
  • final payment to be made prior to 15 August 2018

Of course, payment plans are available upon request. Costs do not cover transport or insurance. Cancellation is possible any time prior to 15 August 2018; any cancellation must be submitted to ANFTA in written and carries a cancellation fee of AUD 500.-. Please refer to our disclaimer and privacy policy.

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