Herbalist Certificate Program

We are now accepting applications for 2021.

A comprehensive online 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 2021 and run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week from 9am-4pm mountain time. The program ends the third week of July.
  • Curriculum:

Herbal Therapeutics
Materia Medica
Virtual field trips
Herbal Pharmacy
Western Constitutional Herbal Medicine
Herbal Actions and Energetics
Plant Constituents & Contraindications
Student Research Projects
Herbal Perspectives on Health Issues
Wild Foods
Plant Spirit Medicine
History of Western Herbalism
Physical Assessment
Flower Essences
Clinical Skills
Botanical Drawing
Herbal Body Care
Herbal Business Skills
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.

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*

 There is a $450* application deposit fee necessary for acceptance into the program.It is non-refundable and will be applied towards tuition, only for the year applying, 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.

To Register:

  • Fill out the application form: GP Application Form and mail it in with a deposit or full payment (or pay on line- see below) to Green Path Herb School PO Box 7813, Missoula MT 59807
  • Questions?

3 Tuition Options: Please be aware before making payment that $450 of any tuition option is a nonrefundable deposit to save your space for the current school year. 

  1. Regular Registration: $4300*
  2. 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.)
  3. Payment plans are also available. Contact the school if you have questions.

*Please note: due to the fees charged by these companies, all credit card and Paypal transactions are charged a non-refundable (approximate 3%) transaction fee. To avoid the additional fee, you are welcome to mail a check or money order to Green Path Herb School at PO Box 7813, Missoula, MT 59807.

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.

18 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.

  10. Hello,
    I was wondering if you could explain the difference between the Foundations program and the Certification program, don’t students get certification (in herbalism) in both scenarios? I’m just wondering because I’d like to take a course but am deciding which one would work best for me.
    Any clarification would be much appreciated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *