Community Herbalist Certificate

Program Overview

The Community Herbalist Certificate Program is a unique 4-month program that introduces students to the incredible world of plants and their medicinal uses according to various cultures. This program explores the history of plant-based therapies and how to identify and cultivate herbs, use plant-based foods to maintain health, and make and apply herbal remedies to restore health. 

Length: 15 weeks
Offered: Winter, Fall

Hours: 270 total
Program Enrolment: Maximum 18 

I can’t stop thinking about all the amazing knowledge that I gained. I have already been able to use a lot of what I learned helping friends and even my family in Brazil! It also motivated me to pursue more knowledge and go deeper into some of the contents. Can’t wait for what is to come in the Phytotherapy program!

– Fernanda Kitahara, alumnus

Why Pacific Rim College?

Pacific Rim College is recognized around the world as a leader in herbal medicine. The Diploma of Phytotherapy is one of the most comprehensive programs available and includes more than 500 hours of clinical training.
All our herbology courses are taught by highly qualified and respected herbalists, some of whom are world-renowned experts and authors in the field of herbal medicine.
This program is approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
Pacific Rim College is actively engaged in many forms of environmental stewardship including 100% green energy offsets for our campus, the highest eco-certification, and planting of 10 trees in British Columbia for every program graduate.

What You’ll Learn:

Key Learning Outcome #1

How to make your own custom herbal medicine: salves, tinctures, teas, creams and more.

Key Learning Outcome #2

To design and grow your own permaculture-inspired herb garden.

Key Learning Outcome #3

The healing power of plants and how to use them to help restore and enhance health.

Key Learning Outcome #4

To identify wild medicinal plants and to sustainably harvest.

Key Learning Outcome #5

The rich history of herbal medicine from cultures throughout the world. 

Over these forty years of herbal practice and teaching clinical skills across the States, Europe and Canada I consider Pacific Rim College to offer a fully rounded experiential program.  Traditional foundational studies are enlivened by harvesting thoughts and practices delving into, and masterfully blending, the deep connection to plants through spirit, history, science, advanced clinical studies with weathered herbalists and hands on practice with patients.

– Margi Flint, Author of The Practicing Herbalist

Core Program Instructors


Study Options and Calendar

The Community Herbalist Certificate Program is offered twice yearly, with programs beginning in January and September. Classes are scheduled on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday days.

Winter 2024
Fall 2024
Thursday 3:45-7pm3:45-7pm
Friday 3:45-7pm3:45-7pm
ScheduleWinter 2024TBA


Below are the courses that comprise the Community Herbalist Certificate Program. Successful completion of all components is necessary for graduation with a Community Herbalist Certificate.

Community Herbalist Certificate

24 hours 24
12 hours 12
45 hours 45
30 hours 30
12 hours 12
45 hours 45
45 hours 45
6 hours 6
30 hours 30
9 hours 9
12 hours 12
270 hours 270 hrs



Admission requires successfully meeting the following minimum criteria:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, such as a GED. Applicants without a high school diploma or equivalent are welcome to apply and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for mature student status.
  • Written and spoken English language competency. Applicants may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL or iELTS upon request.

To apply, please click on the link below.

We offer two semesters of study per year for our certificate programs – Fall (September – December) and Winter (January – April). Certificate students are welcome to apply to begin in either semester. We do not have a set deadline for applications, and we will continue to accept students up until the start of classes provided there is space within the program, however, programs do fill prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 3 months in advance of the intended start date for domestic applicants, and 6 months in advance for on-campus international students applying for a study permit. Please note that international students do not require a study permit for a program 6 months or less in duration, however international students hoping to work while studying do.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Community Herbalist Certificate total $4400 and are broken down as follows:

Early bird rates apply for this program. Apply before June 1 for the Fall semester or before October 1 for the Winter semester to receive 10% off your program tuition.

Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.

Financial Aid

This program is approved for Canada Student Loans. British Columbia residents can apply for student loans online through StudentAid BC. For non-British Columbia residents, please visit for information about Canada Student Loans.

For a list of all financial aid programs available to PRC students, please visit our Financial Aid page.



Graduates of the Community Herbalist Certificate can use knowledge and experience gained to establish a community-based herbal clinic to assist family and friends, work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain herbal gardens, create herbal preparations or matriculate into the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at PRC.

To facilitate an easy transition into the Diploma of Phytotherapy, the following credits of coursework within the Community Herbalist Program are directly transferable into the 3-year diploma program:

  • BMS222 Natural Emergency Medicine – 1 cr
  • WHS111 Practical Herbal Pharmacy – 3 cr
  • WHS139 Materia Medica for Community Herbalists – 3 cr 
  • WHS151 Energetics of Herbal Medicine – 3 cr
  • Select Workshops (amount varies) – 1-3 cr


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