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Accredited courses

We only accredit degree level courses in herbalism. This means that if you want to study herbalism as a three or more year degree level qualification, the courses that we have accredited meet our standards and graduates will be automatically eligible for membership.

The courses are run by the schools themselves and not the Institute, so please direct any questions about the courses (specific content, time commitments, online learning options etc) to the relevant school.

Graduates from the following accredited courses are eligible to apply for membership to the Institute:

Betonica Medical Herbalist Training Programme


Lincoln College with validation by the Open University
BSc (Hons) Clinical Herbalism



The following accredited courses are closed to new applicants but graduates of these courses are eligible to apply for membership of the Institute:

Middlesex University - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine
Postgraduate Diploma Professional Practice Herbal Medicine

Napier Universityclosed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Scottish School of Herbal Medicine - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

University of Central Lancashire - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

University of East London - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Westminster University - closed to new applications
BSc Herbal Medicine

If you graduated more than two years ago from one of the courses above, please contact us for further information about applying to join the Institute.



Please note: The Lincoln College BSc course is currently accredited by a third party, but as the course was previously accredited by the Institute, and given the third party's parallels with our own accreditation structure, we continue to accept their graduates.


Shorter herbal courses

There are a number of short courses which might offer a good first step in understanding whether undertaking a formal qualification could be for you.

Although we have not assessed any short courses, a number of the schools running accredited degree (or equivalent) courses also run introductory versions, and you may find these to be a good starting point when exploring your options.

Heartwood Foundation Course

Introduction to Herbal Medicine (Lincoln College)

Betonica Home Herbalist Course

Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (Correspondence Course and Apprenticeship) 

Please note that we would not endorse practising herbal medicine without undertaking a formal qualification.