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Becoming a member

We have operated a voluntary register for professional medical herbalists since 1864, and are recognised for our high professional standards.

Our members have completed degree level qualifications or equivalent. We ensure high standards of education in in herbal medicine and work to raise the professional standing of medical herbalists.

We welcome applications for membership from qualified Medical Herbalists who can demonstrate that they meet our membership criteria. This normally includes graduation from an accredited course, however applications from suitably qualified individuals who have not studied on an accredited course may be considered via our Individual Accreditation scheme.

How to join

If you have graduated from an accredited programme of Western Herbal Medicine, or have been a member in the past, please click here.

Individual accreditation

We also welcome applicants who have not graduated from an accredited course.  Please contact us for further information.


There are no application fees for graduates from accredited programmes.

Application and assessment fees for applicants through the Individual Accreditation Scheme may apply.

Find out more:

Our membership fees

Types of membership

Membership benefits

New Member Support Scheme

For further information about Institute membership, please contact us on:

01392 426022 or email