Apitherapy Certification Training Program
Name Of Training
Apitherapy Certification Training Program
Aim of Training
The apitherapy certification training program aims at gaining the apitherapy healthcare professionals who will practice apitherapy the required international qualifications so as to ensure that these practices are conducted in the most efficient and productive way.
Three stages of Training
The 3 stages of the Apitherapy Certification Training Program is given in the table below.
1st stage : Theoritical Traning (Distant / Online)
2nd stage : Practical Training (Workshop in a Center affiliated by Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute)
3rd stage : Practical Training ( Observation in an Apitherapy Clinic affiliated by Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute)
It is a way of learning in which students are separated by time and physical location from instructors and both the transfer of course contents and the interaction are ensured using information and communication technologies.
Centers and Clinics affiliated by Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute
Procedures And Principles To Implement This Training Program
The training program shall be implemented based on the procedures and principles listed below.
- The training program shall be carried out both in theory and in prac- tice. The theoretical part of the training may be taught in face-toface classes and/or a maximum of 80% of the same theoretical part may be taught as distance learning courses.
- The participants need to practice at least 5 (five) cases set forth in the curriculum during the training.
- The contents of the courses shall be designated in the beginning of the training program
- The following teaching and learning strategies, methods and techniques shall be applied in the training program: • Verbal lecture • Small group discussion • Demonstrative teaching • Participative scientific activity • Question and answer • Video-based teaching • Clinical practice (case analysis activities) • Practice on a model
- The practical training includes apitherapy practices performed individually or in small groups in practice centers or units, and it consists of “observing”, “doing under supervision” and “doing independently” stages respectively.
- The relevant authorisation of this certification training program is Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute
Participants And Their Qualifications
Healthcare professionals can participate in this training program.
Learning Objectives and Subjects in Training Courses
The subjects to be included in theoretical part of training program as well as learning objectives and duration of each subject are illustrated in Table 1 below:
The Duration of the Apitherapy Certification Training Program
|Type of Training||Total Duration (Hours)|
|Practical / Field Training||35|
Subjects to be Included in Theoretical Part of Training Program and Learning Objectives and Duration of Each Subject
|Subjects||Learning Objects||Time / Hours|
|History and importance of Apitherapy||describes the history of Apitherapy.|
discusses the importance of Apitherapy.
|Biology, metabolism and physiology of the bee||describes the life cycle and biology of the bee.|
describes the metabolism of the bee.
describes the physiology of the bee.
|Apitherapy terminology||describes the terms related to Apitherapy.||1|
|Properties of raw and processed bee products (chemical and biological)||describes the chemical and biological properties of raw and processed bee products (honey, bee’s pollen, royal jelly, bee venom and other products):|
describes chemical and biological properties.
explains quality criteria for apitherapy.
describes the terms of organic and fresh bee products.
describes the preparation and conservation conditions of bee products.
|Relation between apitherapy and other complementary medicine fields, and the holistic and integrative approach knowledge||describes the holistic and integrative approaches.|
describes the relation between apitherapy and other complementary medicine fields.
|Threpsology and Apitherapy||describes the relation between threpsology and apitherapy.||1|
|Primary endocrine-metabolism knowledge||describes basic concepts of human endocrinology and metabolism.|
describes the relation between human metabolism and apitherapy.
|Primary immunology knowledge, allergy and apitherapy||describes basic concepts related to immunology and allergy.|
describes the relation between the immunology and allergy and the apitherapy.
|Primary dermatology knowledge and apitherapy||describes basic concepts of dermatology.|
describes the relayion between dermatology and apitherapy.
|Primary oncology knowledge and apitherapy||describes basic concepts of oncology.|
describes the relation between oncology and apitherapy.
|Primary neurology knowledge and apitherapy||describes basic concepts of neurology.|
describes the relation between neurology and apitherapy.
|Infectious diseases and apitherapy||describes basic concepts of infectious diseases|
describes the relation between infectious diseases and apitherapy.
|Pain and apitherapy||describes pain formation mechanisms.|
describes the relation between pain formation and apitherapy.
|Scientific study methodologies and general overview of apitherapy studies Apitherapy principles||describes the scientific study methodology.|
describes the scientific study methodology in apitherapy.
describes apitherapy principles.
|Contraindications and complications in apitherapy (approaches towards anaphylaxis, approaches towards mad honey poisoning, etc.)||describes contraindications and complications in apitherapy.||1|
|Patient’s consent, ethical rules, malpractice, legal obligations and apitherapy||describes the relevant legislation, ethical rules and legal obligations in apitherapy.|
describes the diff erence between malpractice and a possible complication in apitherapy.
|Traditional medicine ecoles and apitherapy||describes the Western and Eastern traditional medicine ecoles.|
describes the Far East medicine and primary acupuncture knowledge.
describes the apitherapy in terms of traditional medicine.
|Human anatomy (topographic), acupuncture|
meridians and points and apitherapy
|describes the concepts of Human Anatomy.|
describes the meridians and points on the meridians in acupuncture.
describes the frequently used points in apitherapy practices.
|Chemical and biological properties of bee products (pollen, honey,|
propolis, royal jelly, bee venom, etc.)
|Of bee products (pollen, honey, propolis, royal jelly, bee venom, etc.):|
describes chemical and biological properties.
explains quality criteria for apitherapy.
|Bee venom practice techniques||describes bee venom practice techniques.||4|
|Dosage in apitherapy products||describes optimal, lethal and toxic dosage information of products used in apitherapy.||1|
|First Aid and Emergency Intervention||describes basic life support procedures and principles required in emergencies.|
describes emergency interventions on relevant subjects.
|Regulation on Traditional and Complementary Medicine Practices||describes rights and responsibilities laid upon as per the relevant legislation.||1|
|Cases considered for Indication|
|Immune system disorder||Describes how to practice apitherapy in immune system disorders, immune-modulation and immune system support.||1|
|Neurodegenerative diseases||Describes how to practice apitherapy in neurodegenerative diseases.||1|
|Musculoskeletal and nervous system pain||Describes the practicing points in cases when musculoskeletal pain may be seen (rheumatismal diseases, osteoarthritis, neuralgia etc.).||1|
|Muscle contractures and muscle weakness||Describes how to practice apitherapy in diseases in which leg muscle contractures and muscle weakness can occur.|
|Wounds and skin problems||Describes how to practice apitherapy in wounds.||1|
|Case presentations||Discusses potential cases related to apitherapy.||3|
Subjects to be Included in Practical Training Program and Learning Objectives and Duration of Each Subject
Prticipant successfully completing this training program
|Medical history taking and planning the|
|Takes medical history according to the case.|
Plans the apitherapy according to the symptoms.
|Techniques to practice apitherapy||Observes the areas to practice apitherapy in line with the disease indication.|
Practices Apitherapy Technique.
Decides on the appropriate apitherapy technique, dosage and number of sessions in line with the disease indication and case.
|Immune system disorders||Shows on persons or models how to practice apitherapy in immune system disorders.||5|
|Neurodegenerative diseases||Shows on persons or models the apitherapy practice in neurodegenerative diseases.|
|Musculoskeletal and nervous system pain||Shows on persons or models the practicing points in cases when musculoskeletal pain may be seen (rheumatismal diseases, osteoarthritis, neuralgia etc.).||5|
|Muscle contractures and muscle weakness||Shows on persons or models how to practice apitherapy in diseases in which leg muscle contractures and muscle weakness can occur.||5|
|Wounds and skin problems||Shows on persons or models how to practice various parts of the body.||5|
Training Materials and Their Features
Materials to be used in the training are as follows:
- Written training materials including subjects in the training content (books, slides, training guidelines, scientific journals etc.)
- Audiovisual training materials (com pact discs, video films, pictures, etc.)
- Training contents, discussions (fo rums and virtual class sessions), presentations, case studies, videos, voice records, etc. developed in a context-specific perspective for training and transferred into digital environment.
- All tools and equipment that are supposed to be in an Apitherapy Practice Center as per the relevant legislation.
- All kinds of devices and materials at the place where the training will take place will be considered as training material.
Evaluation of Training (Exam Procedure, Achievement Criteria, Extra Exam Right, etc.)
The training will be evaluated according to the following procedures and princi ples.
- Participants who do not fulfill the requirement of compulsory atten dance shall not be allowed to par- ticipate in the exam.
- Theoretical and practice exams shall be conducted at the end of the training program.
- Theoretical exam questions shall be prepared by the exam committee, composed of minimum three train ers, under the chairmanship of the program officer in a way to cover all the subjects included in the training content.
- Participants are supposed to suc ceed both in theoretical and prac- tice exam separately. Those who score 70 (seventy) points or more out of 100 (one hundred) in the exam shall be deemed successful. Those who cannot pass the theo retical exam shall not be allowed to take the practice exam.
- Participants who fail to score this minimum point in the theoretical exam shall be allowed to take the exam 2 (two) more times at maxi mum; those who cannot pass the exam are supposed to apply to the Apitherapy Certification Training Program again.
- The practice exams shall be con ducted by using Apitherapy Certi- fication Training Evaluation Form . Each subject included in the form will be rated as Highly Satisfactory (4), Satisfactory (3), Mod erately Satisfactory (2), Unsatisfactory (1) or Not Evaluated (0). Points obtained from each subject will be totalized. This total will be divided by the number of subjects evaluat ed and the average is determined. The average will be multiplied by 25 (twenty five) and it will be calculat ed out of 100 (one hundred). Those who score 70 (seventy) points or more out of 100 (one hundred) in the practice exam shall be deemed successful.
- The practice exam shall be conduct ed by practicing on a patient and/or on a model.
- In the practice exam; a. Treatment planning, b. Apitherapy practice, c. Pre- and post-treatment follow -up practices shall be evaluated.
- For certification, the success point of a participant shall be determined by calculating the arithmetic mean of the points obtained in the theo retical and practice exams.
- Participants who fail in the practice exam shall be allowed to take the exam 2 (two) more times at maxi mum; those who cannot pass the exam are supposed to apply to the Apitherapy Certification Training Program again.
- The objections of the participants who object to the results of their theoretical and practice exams con ducted at the end of the apitherapy certification training program shall be evaluated and concluded by the certification training providers in 5 (five) days at the latest.
- Participants who pass the theo retical and practice exams shall be awarded their certificates.
- The certificate shall be registered by the Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute to become valid.
- The validity period of the certificate is seven years. At the end of sev en years, the certificates of those who satisfy the requirements listed in the certificate renewal criteria shall be directly renewed. The cer- tificates of those who do not meet the requirements shall be renewed only if they succeed in the exam to be conducted.
- In the case of a legally-acceptable excuse; the personnel trained shall complete their training by adding the duration of training which they are unable to participate in to the training program. If a participant fails to participate in training or s/ he discontinues it, her/his training shall be cancelled and she/he shall be deemed unsuccessful.
Program Officer And Her/His Qualification
Apitherapy healthcare professionals and academicians holding an academic title in the relevant field are the program officers of the Apitherapy Certification Training Program.
Validity Period Of The Certificate
The validity period of the certificate is 7 (seven) years.
Certificate Renewal Criteria
The certificates shall be renewed in line with the following criteria:
- At the end of the validity period of the certificate; the certificates of those who certify that they have at least one of the following require ments as: a. participating in minimum 1 (one) national/international training or scientific meeting, b. having publications in minimum 1 (one) national/international peer-reviewed journals, c. having actively worked for min imum 6 (six) months, in the field of apitherapy within the validity period of the certificate shall be renewed (duration of the certificate shall be extend ed for another seven years). The certificate-holders shall submit their documentation related to these criteria during the renew al application to the certification training providers that awarded the certificate to them.
- Participants who do not fulfil at least one of the criteria in paragraph (1) need to take the certificate renewal exam and succeed.
- The renewal exam shall be con ducted as a theoretical exam con sisting of multiple-choice questions prepared by the implementers of the Apitherapy Certification Train ing Program in line with the recent developments in the field and the subjects included in this training program under the coordination of the relevant unit of Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute.
- The participants who score 70 (sev enty) or more points in the renewal exam shall be deemed successful and the duration of their certifi cates shall be extended for another 5 (five) years.
- The certificates of the certifi cate-holders will be valid until the certificate renewal exam process is completed.
- The certificates of those who fail to attend the certificate renewal exam twice in a row shall be deemed inval id, except in cases of legally accept able excuses. Following the end of the legally acceptable excuse, they shall be tested as soon as possible.
- In cases when the training activities of the entity with the authorization to provide certification training pro gram are stopped or its certification training provision authorization documents are cancelled for any reason or in cases of shut-down and transfer, the certificate renewal ex ams shall be conducted by the rele vant unit of Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute .
- The objections of the certifi cate-holders, who fail in the certif icate renewal exam to the renewal exam results, shall be evaluated and concluded in maximum 5 (five) working days by the certificate re newal exam committee.in the 3rd paragraph of the Applica- tion Form is authorized to provide training.
- The applicant will be requested to document that s/he resided in the country in which s/he received training for as long as the training duration with his/her passport or other official documents and the formally-commissioned officials will be requested to provide documentation proving that they were off duty in the said period.
How to carry out the Equivalence Procedures
- The application files of those who apply for certificate equivalence shall be examined in line with the Apitherapy Certification Training Standards by a science committee to be set up by Prof.Fang Zhu’s International Apitherapy Institute.
- Applicants whose files are deemed suitable and sufficient shall be tested with theoretical and practice exam.
- Applicants who score 70 (seventy) points or more out of 100 (one hundred) in the theoretical exam shall be deemed successful. Those who fail to score this minimum point in the theoretical exam shall be allowed to take the exam 2 (two) more times at maximum; those who cannot pass the exam are supposed to apply to the Apitherapy Certifica- tion Training Program.
- Applicants who cannot pass the theoretical exam shall not be allowed to take the practice exam.
- Applicants who score 70 (seventy) points or more out of 100 (one hundred) in the practice exam shall be deemed successful. Those who fail to score this minimum point in the practice exam shall be allowed to take the exam 2 (two) more times at maximum; those who cannot pass these exams are supposed to apply to the Apitherapy Certification Training Program.
- Certificate Equivalency Document shall be drawn up for applicants who pass the theoretical and prac- tice exams.
- Certificate Equivalency Document shall be registered by the Ministry of Health.
Those who, before this standard is published, fulfill at least one of the following requirements as:
- having minimum 2 (two) publications in national/international-indexed publications in the relevant field,
- having published minimum one (1) book or two (2) chapters in a book in the relevant field,
- having conducted postgraduate thesis study on the relevant field,
- having worked as a researcher or executive in a scientific project supported by either a university or research center on the subject,