Herbalist Certificate Program

Apply by October 31 and get $200 off!

A comprehensive program catering to those interested in becoming professional herbalists, this curriculum is designed to provide a total immersion into natural healing and medicinal plants. Students will take away from this course the skill set and confidence needed to practice herbalism. Discover a new and exciting direction in your life: explore the ancient art and modern science of herbal healing!

Herbalist Certificate Program:

  • 450+ class hours over a span of 6 months. Classes start January 18, 2020 and run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week from 9am-4pm, with several wildcrafting field trips. The program ends the third week of July. This program is in house only.
  • Curriculum:
    Herbal Therapeutics, Materia Medica, Wildcrafting/Field Trips, Medicine Making, Botany, Nutrition, Western Constitutional Herbal Medicine, Herbal Actions and Energetics, Plant Constituents & Contraindications, Student Research Projects, Herbal Perspectives on Health Issues, Aromatherapy, Gardening, Permaculture, Wild Foods, Plant Spirit Medicine, History of Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, Physical Assessment, Flower Essences, Clinical Skills, Botanical Drawing, Herbal Body Care, Chinese Herbs and Medicine.
  • Upon completion, each student will receive a certificate. Completion entails completing all assignments and missing no more than 8 class days throughout the program.

To Register:
This program does not require any previous education related to herbal medicine.

We are accepting applications for 2020. There is no deadline for application, however applications are considered upon their submission and we expect the program to fill. Note that a deposit is required along with the application to secure an interview, so please call or e-mail with any questions or concerns before applying.

Tuition: $4300.

Paying by check or money order is ALWAYS appreciated, as it helps us keep our costs (like tuition!) down. There is a $450 application deposit fee necessary for acceptance into the program. It is non-refundable and will be applied towards tuition upon acceptance to the program. The deposit is refunded in full if the student is not accepted into the program. We accept cash, check, or credit card. The remaining tuition of $3850 is due by January 1st. Payment plans are available and an additional $200 administrative fee is charged up front.

4 Tuition Options: Please be aware before making payment that $450 of any tuition option is a nonrefundable deposit. Check and money orders are preferred, but we have online payment options as well:

  1.  Get the Early Discount: Register by October 31 and get $200 off! Pay $4100
  2. Regular Registration: November 1 and after, pay $4300
  3. OR Pay a $450 deposit to save your space and pay the rest later. Please be aware that full payment is due no later than January 1. Please contact the school if other payment dates are needed. (The deposit is non-refundable upon acceptance into the program and goes toward tuition.)
  4. Payment plans are also available. Contact the school if you have questions.

Tuition includes all classes, handouts, materials and some medicine making supplies. Please include in your budget a minimum of $600 for tools, books, medicine making supplies, and travel expenses.

Refund Policy:

  1. The $450 deposit is non-refundable upon acceptance into the program.
  2. A full refund of tuition (less the $450.00 deposit) will be paid to the student if she/he withdraws (in writing) before the first day of class.
  3. If a student cancels after the classes have begun, a calculation of all allowable charges shall be made using the date that we received written notification of termination.
  4. If a student withdraws from any program, a refund calculation will applied based on the following:
  • Less than 10% of course completed = 75% refund
  • More than 10 % and less than 25% of course completed = 50% refund More than 25% and less than
  • 50% of course completed = 25% refund Over 50% of course completed = 0% refund
  • After 50% of the course is over, the total sum of tuition is owed in full, even if not all classes are attended.
  • All students making payments are still subject to the Refund Policy terms.

To Register:

17 Comments on “Herbalist Certificate Program

  1. Hi Elaine, will you be offering any other classes starting soon? I’d love to know what’s coming up. Thank you, Deb Hall

    • HI Deb,
      We have a Natural Family Planning Class happening this spring, but generally our shorter classes and focused class series happen in the fall. We’d love to have you, so keep your ear to the ground! If you are signed up on our mail list, we’ll be sure to let you know.

  2. Hi Elaine,

    I’m very interested in taking the course this coming spring but I need to figure out schedules and work…It says classes are Mon, Tue, and Wed with fieldtrips. Does that mean the fieldtrips will take place on other days of the week or the same Mon, Tue, and Wed?

    Thank you,


  3. Elaine, I forgot if you told me this was an accreditation course. Does one come away as Certified Herbalist? Also, do you concentrate in any depth on Aromatherapy & Natural Body, Skin & Hair Care? Do you have Work/Study or any way to finance the cost of tuition?
    Thank you.


    • Hi Evelyn,
      Accreditation is only available for colleges and similar four year schools, so no, we are not accredited. Graduating students do receive a certificate as an Herbalist. We do have several classes in aromatherapy and we make numerous natural body care products in the course. I believe the total hours for both equal 21. We offer one work study position, which is a separate interview and trades work for 25% of tuition. Students have also taken out loans to finance their own tuition. I am happy to speak with you further if you’d like any clarification or have other questions, Evelyn. Our number at the school is 406-274-2009.

  4. Hello. I would like to be included in your Wildcrafting or Mindful Foraging. Thank you so much. Look forward to seeing you at the Herbal Symposium in august.


  5. Are classes always taught during the week? I live in Coeur d’Alene, ID and can’t attend during the week classes. I was at the Herbal Faire yesterday in Spokane and heard Elaine’s talk. I thought she said that the classes were on the weekends, one a month from January – November?

  6. Hi there!
    I am interested in the program, but wondering about out-of-class hours required. I’m also a college student and wondering if i can fit both into my schedule.
    thank you!

    • Hi Haley,
      The Herbalist Certificate Program definitely requires work outside of classroom time. I would estimate maybe 2-4 hours a week, depending on what subjects are being taught at the time. Please let us know if you have any other questions, or would like to drop by to see the school and meet us. You are welcome to come sit in on a class, if you’d like. Warmly, Elaine

    • Alia,
      We offer certificates for our programs, not diplomas and no degrees. Thanks!

  7. Hi there! Are there any prerequisites for the Herbal Certificate Program? Would I need to attend your Herbal Foundations course before taking this program, for instance? Very interested in this program!

    • Hi Hayley,
      There are no prerequisites for either the Herbal Foundations or the Herbalist Certificate Programs. We do recommend doing some study on A+P to give you a little more foundation before you start the Herbal Certificate Program, but is isn’t required.

  8. Hi there, will you be running the Herbal Certificate Program in 2019 with the same sort of schedule?

  9. I just saw the Herbalist Certificate Program. I would love to do this class. Do you have another one this year? If not do you still have an available opening in this class.

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