Does HerbMentor have a certification program?

Searching for an herbal certification program can be a confusing thing. There are a LOT of programs and options.

Here is the thing. In the U.S., there is no license for herbalists as there is for acupuncturists or massage therapists.  As a result, there is no real certificate that means much. If it does, they have varying purposes. A certificate can range from a simple acknowledgement that you completed a program to recognition of a program that is approved for professional membership into the American Herbalist Guild. Even this is not a license to practice anything, but a peer group of medical herbalists. 

At LearningHerbs, we stay out of that whole thing, and just focus on learning and having fun with herbs. To us, it's the herbs and learning that are important, and not a piece of paper. We are not devaluing a piece of paper, for a medical school diploma is also a piece of paper. We are just saying that we do not focus on any sort of certification program. 

Our main herbal program is our HerbMentor website. Please take the time to watch the video on the home page, as well as check out some of the free articles and testimonials from current members.

It is not actually a "course," but an ongoing learning experience using multi media content, such as audio, video and articles. It is also a dynamic community, so one can learn from others experiences as well as get questions answered. That said, many people do use the site as their herbal training program.

Being it has no "end," we do not offer a certificate. We believe learning about herbs is to huge a topic and too much fun to try and put a boundary around it.  On our site, you can choose on of many directions. You can either dabble in it, or you can REALLY get into it.

That said, there are MANY herbal program that do have certificates and that have an ending to it.

Now, if you are talking about the Herbal Remedy Kit on, this is an introductory experience, so a certificate is not warranted.

If you are just looking for a dynamic and supportive learning community, you've come to the right place. However, at this time we have no certification programs within it.

There are a lot of people on HerbMentor in various herbal programs as well. Perhaps they can help you on our Forum. We also have a links section on HerbMentor pointing to a few programs. We interview many Herbalists that have schools, and often people choose a program after they get to know someone on HerbMentor Radio or other feature on the site. For example, Paul Bergner of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism has a professional studies program in the state of Colorado, and contributes to our site form time to time.

This may not answer your question directly, but it will at least give you a better sense of what herbal certification means and if it's something you want to do.

Good luck!

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