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Join us as a Student

We offer anyone studying herbalism (subject to the conditions below)access to a huge range of support to help in your studies. The scheme can be accessed as soon as you enrol on a course, and aims to provide help and support to herbal medicine students in a variety of ways.

Students will be eligible if:

  • They are actively engaged on a course that requires the equivalent of at least a calendar year to fully complete.
  • The course is part of, or a component part of a structured study programme provided by a recognised educational organisation. Self-directed learning alone would not qualify for student membership.
  • The course results in an assessment, evaluation and a graded written qualification of some sort.
  • To qualify for student membership an individual should normally be studying clinical herbalism, medical herbalism or phytotherapy

Students taking extended study breaks from their course for more than a calendar year may be required to withdraw from student membership until they resume their studies.

At the Institute we believe students are amongst the most valuable members of the herbal community – the future of the profession is in their hands. This is why we choose to give students access to almost all the same benefits as our full members for just £30 per year. We want to offer as much support as possible to anyone who has chosen to study herbalism.

If you are a Heartwood Professional Course student please use the signup link provided by Heartwood, not this link.

Sign up as a student

If you are a Heartwood Professional Course student please use the signup link provided by Heartwood, not this link.


  • Access to incredible CPD and learning opportunities, at a discounted price if the event carries a cost, as well as a number of free and exclusive Institute sessions
  • Access to our online Member Zone with resources to support your professional work, including the our full CPD archive, our video site ‘Herb player’ and our online community areas
  • Free access to our Member Assistance programme, offering 24/7 support for you and your family, including free counselling sessions where needed
  • Discounted access to the Herbal Medicine Conference
  • Up-to-date news and information on current laws and regulations affecting the profession.
  • Representation at parliamentary meetings: we work to raise political awareness of the herbal profession
  • Worldwide membership and links with the American Herbalists Guildand the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists.
  • Access to our extensive library and archives
  • Access to the Natural Standards research database
  • Quarterly Power of Plants magazine, written for members by members
  • Regional groups
  • Member special offers and discounts with suppliers
  • Member support from our head office
  • Development opportunities to become involved with the Institute and its governing Council