Community Herbalist Certificate
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?
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
Lindsay is a Medical Herbalist and sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of Herbalist Associations.
Krista is a Medical Herbalist in private practice. She is a board member of the CHA of BC and actively involved in the People’s Apothecary, a community herbal medicine garden.
Tony is a PRC alumnus and Medical Herbalist practicing at Woodward Phytotherapy, in Brentwood Bay, BC.
Amy is a Medical Herbalist , a professional member the Canadian Herbalist Association, and operates a private practice in Victoria.
Alexis is a Medical Herbalist in private practice in Victoria and the Dispensary Manager at PRC.
Amber is a Registered Herbal Therapist, a Board member of the CHA of BC, and runs a thriving private practice in her home community of Esquimalt.
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
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for the Holistic Nutrition Certificate total $3950 and are broken down as follows:
– A $250 non-refundable registration fee and a signed student contract is required for acceptance into this program.
– A $3700 tuition payment is due on August 27 for the Fall 2019 program and December 30 for the Winter 2020 program.
– A $500 non-refundable registration fee and a signed student contract is required for acceptance into this program.
– A $3450 tuition payment is due on August 27 for the Fall 2019 program and December 30 for the Winter 2020 program.
Please click here for a description of Academic Fees in PDF format.
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 hrsdc.gc.ca 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
Western Herbal Medicine (also referred to as Phytotherapy) is the use of plant-based remedies typically native to Europe and North America to help maintain and restore health.
In Canada there is currently no regulation and thus no herbalist certification that is required for someone to practice Western Herbal Medicine. Our Diploma of Phytotherapy is a herbal practitioner training program while the Community Herbalist Certificate is recommended for people who wants to expand their knowledge of medicinal herbs to help family and friends, work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain herbal gardens, and create herbal preparations.
Educational regulations vary between countries and thus affect the credentials a herbalist school can award. Although some schools of herbal medicine in the United States and Europe can offer a degree of herbal medicine or another herbalist degree of sorts, colleges in Canada only offer diplomas and herbology certification (e.g. master herbalist certification, community herbalist certification). Pacific Rim College offers a comprehensive 3-year Diploma of Phytotherapy and a 4-month Community Herbalist Certificate.
Students who successfully complete 90% of all required coursework and credits are eligible for graduation and will be awarded a certificate upon program completion. Students who fail to successfully complete 90% of all required coursework and credits but have successfully completed at least 80% are eligible to retake components of the program in order to reach the 90% threshold and thus pass the program, provided that they do so within one calendar year. Students who choose to retake components must make arrangements with the Program Director and will be subject to tuition fees for the components. Students who do not successfully complete at least 80% of all required coursework and credits in their first program attempt are not eligible to retake components or graduate.