Recent graduates and active students interested in taking the next step toward professional designation should strongly consider joining their local herbalist guild or association. We’ve summarized the course and practicum requirements below for several North American groups. Each summary contains links to help you learn more about membership with the various organizations.

CHA of BC

Our current Master Herbalist curriculum provides 1,650 course hours. In combination with elective courses being added to our online offering, the 2,000 course hour requirement for CHA of BC can be completed.

At least 2000hr of combined training from: formal academic institution, private training, apprenticeship and/or self-study.

~CHA of BC

All 250 Wild Rose College practicum hours can be applied toward the 500 hour requirement under “Clinical Practicum from an Institution”.

At least 500 hours of clinical experience. The following types of experience are taken into account:

  • Clinical practicum as part of a college/university/institution education program;
  • Mentorship/apprenticeship program with a registered practitioner;
  • Own private professional practice;
  • Other types of experience may be accepted on a case by case basis (contact the CHA of BC for more information)

~CHA of BC

Additional resources:
http://www.chaofbc.ca/membership/#RHT-INFO
http://www.chaofbc.ca/docs/membership/applications/membership-professional-rht.pdf

Alberta Herbalist Association

Our Master Herbalist Program meets all course hour requirements for the AHA.

For applicants with formal education qualifications acquired through a combination of classroom, correspondence and/or apprenticeship programs, the minimum requirement is 1500 hours* broken down as follows:

  • Minimum 500 hours must consist of instruction in core herbal subjects such as history and philosophy of herbalism, materia medica, herbal therapeutics, herbal pharmacology, herbal pharmacy, safe use of herbs, therapeutic interactions, herbal energetics, botany and field identification;
  • Minimum 350 hours must consist of instruction in the health sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and nutrition;
  • Minimum 50 hours of practical supervised clinic;
  • Minimum 100 hours semi-supervised practicum;
  • Minimum 350 hours, which may consist of extra hours in any of the above points and/or additional complementary alternative medicine related subjects.

~AHA

The Clinical Herbalist Practicum Program can meet the full requirements if enough clinical practicum (not industry) hours are completed (minimum 50 hours of practical supervised practicum & minimum 100 hours semi-supervised practicum).

Clinic hours must primarily consist of client / patient consultations, assessment, protocol development, remedy formulation, herbal dispensing, record keeping and follow-up.

Semi-supervised practicum consists of independent work that is regularly checked by qualified supervisor who provides feedback and guidance.

~AHA

Additional resources:
http://www.albertaherbalists.com/member-signup.html
http://www.albertaherbalists.com/documents/AHA_Membership_Application_Guide_OCT2016.pdf
http://www.albertaherbalists.com/documents/AHA_Education_Standards_OCT2016.pdf

Ontario Herbalist Association

Our Master Herbalist Program meets all course hour requirements for the OHA.

At least 1100 hours of instruction / training, or equivalent in distance education format.

  • Of this, a minimum of 500 hours must consist of instruction in core herbal subjects such as materia medica, herbal therapeutics, herbal pharmacology, herbal pharmacy, history and philosophy of herbalism, herbal energetics, and field identification. The core herbal subjects should focus primarily on a single herbal tradition (e.g. Western herbalism, TCM, Ayurveda, etc.)
  • In addition, a minimum of 350 hours must consist of instruction in the sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and nutrition.

~OHA

All clinical practicum hours obtained in the Clinical Herbalist Practicum Program can be applied to these hours. Industry hours are not applicable.

All clinical practicum hours obtained in the Clinical Herbalist Practicum Program can be applied to these hours. Industry hours are not applicable.

At least 350 hours of practical supervised clinic. Clinic hours must primarily consist of client / patient consultations, assessment, protocol development, remedy formulation, herbal dispensing, record keeping and follow-up.

~OHA

Additional resources:
http://herbalists.on.ca/professional-membership/
http://herbalists.on.ca/professional-ed-standards/
http://herbalists.on.ca/herbal-education/

American Herbalist Guild

Our Master Herbalist Program meets all course hour requirements for the AHG.

Applicants should have approximately two years of comprehensive academic training in botanical medicine, through formal education, independent study or a combination of both.

~AHG

All clinical practicum hours obtained in the Clinical Herbalist Practicum Program (up to 250 hours) can be applied toward the 400 hour requirement (note the 100 hour maximum if you are not the primary practitioner). Industry hours are not applicable.

In addition, two years of clinical experience obtained through independent practice, formal mentorship, supervised clinical training as part of an academic program, or a combination thereof, totalling approximately 400 hours are advised.

  • A clinical hour is defined as an actual hour spent with a client. The initial intake/consult and research can be counted as 3 hours and follow-up visits count as one hour. Round-table discussion of cases, investigation or reading related to cases, case histories discussed in class, time with mentor, and any education that support the cases can be counted as one hour.
  • Activities where you are not the primary practitioner can only count for a maximum of 100 of your 400 hours. Examples of activities that can be used to document the 100 hours can include roundtable discussions of a case, a formula for a class case history, or a teacher instructing a group of students on a specific case.
  • To qualify, clinical experience must include seeing approximately 80 individual clients during a two year period. Each application will be assessed individually for regional or socio-economic considerations which might affect total clinical numbers.

~AHG

Additional resources:
http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/becoming-ahg-professional-member
http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/sites/default/files/criteria_and_instructions_for_ahg_application.pdf
http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/mentors