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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 School of Herbal Medicine
Advanced Diploma in Herbal Medicine


The Institute supports equality and diversity amongst all members and within our accredited training programmes. Ensuring safe practice of herbal medicine requires careful exploration of any potential barriers to practice and then meeting and resolving the challenges they present. The needs of the individual, those they interact with, and the professional standards of the Institute must all be considered.

Where such barriers to practice are encountered by people with disabilities or health-related needs, accredited herbal schools will work with the student to try and provide support that is relevant and proportionate to the needs and resources of both the learner and training programme.

Similarly, when applying for registration with the Institute as a practising member, any potential barriers to safe and effective practice will need to be properly addressed by the practitioner working in partnership with the Institute  to overcome them in ways that are appropriate, proportional and effective for the practitioner and their own scope of practice.

If you are concerned about whether such adjustments will be achievable and practicable for you, we strongly recommend a discussion with your training programme or the Institute at your earliest opportunity.



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 University– closed 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

A shorter course might offer a good first step in understanding whether undertaking a formal qualification could be for you.

We have not assessed or accredited any short courses. However, the following courses are run by schools that run accredited degree (or equivalent) programmes and/or feature our Members within their teaching staff. 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) 

The School of Health Herbal Medicine Foundation Course

Herbal Foundations (Wild Apothecary and Blackwell Herbs)

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


CHILDRENS' herbal courses

Junior Herbalist Club (JHC) is a 2-year extracurricular course for children (aged 7-12) which runs for 90 minutes, once a month, for 10 months of the year. The aim of JHC is to help children learn about the healing plants around them in a safe and supervised environment.