The agreed minimum entry requirements for an individual to gain membership of the AFPA are as follows:
- 1200 Learning contact hours are the minimum professional standard of training to permit professional practice from 2009. (Previously this was 1000 learning contact hours.)
- These must be verifiable contact hours, which can be lecture or supervised clinical hours, with an allocation of 800 hours lecture/demonstration/ practical and 400 hours verifiable supervised clinical.
- The course should run over 3 calendar years with an assessment to be completed by the student before he/she is eligible to progress and commence in the next year.