Becoming a Registered Herbalist


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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 the Admissions Coordinator.


What is a Registered Herbalist?

We offer Registered Herbalist Membership as a way for herbalists to demonstrate core knowledge and experience in herbal practice that establishes a meaningful competency standard for themselves, their communities, and other health professionals and institutions.We recognize that there are many skilled herbalists worldwide, and choosing to become registered with the American Herbalists Guild is only one of many ways herbalists may 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 herbalism


Who Can Apply?

Clinical herbalists who have completed specific 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. 


Is Associate Membership a Better Match?
If you do not meet the requirements to apply for RH membership, please consider an 
Associate MembershipThe Associate membership is for dedicated professionals in the medicinal plants field, including those involved in herb cultivation, herbal product manufacturing, teaching, research, and client consultation. This category underscores our commitment to utilizing medicinal plants in various ways and aims to enhance recognition and visibility for this fulfilling career path. The Associate membership was created in part to as a response to medical professionals who engage herbal medicine as an allied field.


The Application Review Process

All applications are submitted digitally through the AHG website. There are two parts to the RH application; see details below.

Applicants may work on applications and upload application documents at their own pace.There is no time limit for completing and submitting either Part 1 or 2 of the RH application.


Part One: The first step is to complete Part One of the Application providing details about botanical medicine education, clinical training and experience. There is no fee required to submit Part One. Once the Admissions Coordinator has reviewed the information provided to verify that it meets the criteria for RH membership, applicants are emailed a notification with a link to complete Part 2 of the application process. You can view Part 1 of the application before starting your application using this link. It typically takes us two to three weeks to review Part 1 of the application. 


Part Two: In the second part of the RH application, applicants provide three case histories from their practice, two letters of recommendation from former teachers or other herbal practitioners, 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). Use this link to review helpful details about the Application Process. Deadlines for Part 2 submissions are March 15, July 15, and November 15 each year. 


The Admissions Coordinator reviews all Part 2 applications to ensure they are complete before sending them to the Admissions Review Advisory Committee for scoring. The application review process takes approximately three months: March application results are shared via email in late June, July applications in late October and November applications in late February.


Each application is scored by 3 to 5 ARAC members. The Admissions Committee Chair oversees the ARAC meetings, application discussions at the three yearly ARAC meetings, and any changes to admissions policies and procedures.


About the ARAC Committee: The current ARAC committee comprises eleven Registered Herbalists, the Admissions Committee Coordinator and the Admissions Committee Chair. ARAC members serve a 3-year term as volunteers, agree to maintain complete confidentiality for all ARAC matters and are required to recuse themselves from scoring applications submitted by anyone that would present a conflict of interest (former students, personal friends, colleagues, etc.)


Here is a list of the ARAC members as of July 2023. Bevin Clare (Admissions Committee Chair and Board of Directors Liason), Tokunboh (Ola) Obasi (Board of Directors Liason), Patricia Kyritsi Howell (Admissions Coordinator), Andrew Apello, Mary Bove, Todd Caldecott, Thomas Easley, Patricia Gaines, Thomas Avery Garan, Holly Hutton, Feather Jones, Althea Northage-Orr, JoAnn Sanchez, and Leslie Wiliams.


For questions about the RH application process, send us an email.