Only healthcare professionals licensed for diagnosis, and students in those programs, can study to become Professional Applied Kinesiology practitioners. Healthcare professionals must take the 100-hour Basic Applied Kinesiology Certification course and pass the exam. All courses follow the guidelines of the International College of Applied Kinesiology, which governs standards, education and certification globally.
The kinds of doctors and other healthcare professionals practicing Applied Kinesiology varies from one part of the world to another. For instance, in North America, it’s mostly chiropractors, as well as naturopathic doctors and osteopaths who integrate Applied Kinesiology into their healthcare practices. While dentists and MDs can study and practice AK as well, it's less common in North America, though in Europe it’s mostly MDs who become certified in Applied Kinesiology. More healthcare professionals in Germany integrate AK into their patient practices than any other country.