Becoming a Registered Herbalist


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The mission of the American Herbalists Guild supports herbal education and practice. We envision a world where everyone has access to herbal medicine and skilled, competent herbal practitioners are an integral part of every community. 

The applications for AHG Registered Herbalist membership are now digital. Before applying, you must view the instructional video that you will find HERE.

Questions? Feel free to contact Admissions Coordinator.

What is a Registered Herbalist?

We offer Registered Herbalist Membership as a way for herbalists to demonstrate a core level of knowledge and experience in herbal practice that establishes a meaningful standard of competency for themselves, their communities, and other health professionals and institutions.

We recognize that there are many skilled herbalists in the world, and choosing to become registered with the American Herbalists Guild is only one of many ways herbalists may choose to demonstrate their skills. For those who welcome review by their peers as confirmation of their clinical skills, the designation ‘Registered Herbalist’ establishes a recognized level of expertise and commitment to the practice of herbalism.

Who Can Apply?

Clinical herbalists who have completed a specific number of hours of herbal education and clinical practice are eligible to apply. Please see the Criteria for Registered Herbalist Membership Criteria and Application Process for complete details. 

How to Apply

All applicants use the Standard Application. We no longer offer an Equivalency Application option. 

The Application

Applicants provide details about their herbal education, clinical training, and experience. Once the Admissions Coordinator has reviewed this information to verify that it meets the criteria for RH membership, applicants are emailed notification with a link to complete Part 2 of the application process.

Applicants provide three case histories from their practice, two letters of recommendation, demonstrate their ability to assess several sample cases we provide, and their knowledge of materia medica. They must also describe their clinical practice, caseload, personal philosophy, and other details about their work as a clinical herbalist along with a non-refundable application fee ($100 for members, $175 for non-members). Review details about the Application Process

The Application Review Process

All applications are submitted digitally through the AHG website. Applicants may upload application documents at their own pace. When the Part 1 of the application is complete and submitted, the Admissions Coordinator begins the first part of the review process. Once Part 1 is approved, applicants are sent Part 2 of the application to complete. You can view Part 1 of the application before starting your application. Use this link to access Part 1 of the application.

The Admissions Review Advisory Committee reviews Part 2 Applications and Equivalency Applications three times a year. Deadlines for submission are March 15, July 15, and November 15 each year. 

All applications are reviewed by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, AHG Admissions Coordinator, before being evaluated and scored by the Admissions Review Advisory Committee. Bevin Clare, Admissions Committee Chair, oversees the process of reviewing applications along with other Registered Herbalist members. Members of the ARAC include: Mary Bove, Todd Caldecott, Thomas Easley, Patricia Gaines, Feather Jones, JoAnn Sanchez, Lesley Tierra, and Leslie Williams.

The entire application review process takes approximately three months: March applications results are announced in late June, July applications in late October and November applications in late February.

Access the Standard Application HERE

We Want You to Join Us!

The American Herbalists Guild is committed to excellence in herbalism and empowering future and present herbalists in their careers. This website contains many resources for furthering your education, including details about our annual symposium. All AHG members have access an impressive array of a recorded webinars and lectures from past symposia, digital archives of the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild and members-only discounts. Learn more about joining the Guild here.