The Ontario Herbalists Association maintains educational standards which must be met as a requirement for professional membership. The following schools offer programs that meet these qualifications, and graduates are eligible for professional membership.
There are a large number of herbal programs that do not train students to a level accepted by the OHA. Potential students who eventually wish to apply for professional membership, are strongly advised to compare the OHA education standards with the cirriculum of their school of choice before making a commitment.
Institute of Traditional Medicine
Clinical Herbalism Diploma
This diploma program includes over 2000 hours of study and 400 hours of clinical internship. Students receive instruction from a wide array of both local and international herbalists, traditional medicine practitioners, healers, and teachers who specialize in various areas such as biomedicine, counselling, nutrition, earth-based education, and more. This flexible program offers a structure of mainly correspondence courses, with on-site clinical internship that is held once a month at ITM, and optional in-class study for many courses.
ITM also offers professional education programs in Integrative Health Studies, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, and Therapeutic Western Herbalism, as well as a wide array of Professional Development trainings.
Spirit of the Earth: The Living Centre
Contact: Walter Shantree Kacera
519-652-0230 or 519-652-9109
Herbalist Educator and Practitioner Diploma Programs
The Living Centre Eco-Spiritual Education Retreat Sanctuary- Est. 1983
Offers certification courses both as correspondence and apprenticeships in Practical, Therapeutic Shamanic Herbalism and other courses in the Natural Healing Arts.
Some additional science hours are arranged through a local college, to meet OHA professional membership requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to this program, a minimum of 350 hours of clinical training is required to qualify for OHA professional membership.
Dominion Herbal College
Burnaby, British Columbia
Clinical Herbal Therapy Diploma Program
4 Year Distance Learning
Dominion Herbal College (DHC) is North America’s Oldest School of Herbal Medicine. Founded in 1926 by Dr.Herbert Nowell, DHC provides the best source of herbal studies offering online and distance education programs from basic to clinical levels and educating students to become competent in the field of Herbal Medicine. DHC is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA). DHC is the inspiration of many famous Herbalists. Dr. John Christopher, Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ella Birzneck, Jethro Kloss and Dr. Earl Mindell are only a few of the renowned graduates who got their start in Herbal Medicine with DHC.
Dominion Herbal College also offers:
– Chartered Herbalist Diploma Program – 1 Year Distance Learning (also available online)
– Master Herbalist Diploma Program – 1 Year Distance Learning
– Herbal Consulting Diploma Program – 1 Year Distance Learning
Offers introductory level classes and practicums, plus a three-year, 1000+ hours training course for practitioners (in French)
PLEASE NOTE: In addition to this program, a minimum of 350 hours of clinical training is required to qualify for OHA professional membership. .
Pacific Rim College
Offers a three year Diploma of Phytotherapy that explores the medicinal uses of North American and European herbs. Students will study both traditional knowledge of herbal medicine- that which is passed downed through various traditions over the ages and modern day, scientific-based knowledge.
Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
Clinical Herbalist Diploma Program
Three-year, in-class program; some courses are available as correspondence or on-line.
Wild Rose also offers a Master Herbalist Diploma Program, in-class, correspondence or on-Line, full-time or part-time, a Practical Herbalist Diploma Program, and a Wholistic Therapist Diploma Program
Health Schools Australia
Advanced Diploma in Western Herbal Medicine
300 seminar + clinic hours, correspondence, NHAA approved course
Health Schools Australia also offers many other Diploma Programs and General Interest courses.
International College of Herbal Medicine
Gisborne, New Zealand
Three-year, online program
The International College of Herbal Medicine also offers many other courses.
For programmes accredited by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), UK please go to: www.nimh.org.uk
United States of America
For programs listed on the American Herbalists Guild website, please go to: www.americanherbalistsguild.com and look for their Directory of Herbal Education
PROFESSIONAL MEMBER COURSES
The following is a list of courses and apprenticeships offered by OHA Professional Members. Additional workshops may be listed on the Herbal Events page :
Kathleen Leeson RH
613-237-1473Wisdom of Plants Herbal Apprenticeship Program
ASSOCIATED INTEREST COURSES
Athabasca University, Canada
Wild Flower correspondence course with 10-day field study component
www.athabascau.ca under Biology 321