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.
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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.
All programs at Pacific Rim College are approved by the Canadian Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (Private Training Institutions Branch) and Canada Student Loans.
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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

 

Curriculum

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

CHP
30 hours 30 hrs
CHP/BMS122
12 hours 12 hrs
CHP/WHS102
45 hours 45 hrs
CHP/WHS111
45 hours 45 hrs
CHP/WHS121
30 hours 30 hrs
CHP/WHS131
12 hours 12 hrs
CHP/WHS151
45 hours 45 hrs
CHP104
12 hours 12 hrs
CHP107
12 hours 12 hrs
CHP111
21 hours 21 hrs
CHP113
6 hours 6 hrs
Total
 
270 hours 270 hrs

 

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.

 Fall 2019
September 5-December 22
Winter 2020
January 9-April 26
Thursday3:30-6:30pm3:30-6:30pm
Friday3:30-6:30pm3:30-6:30pm
Saturday9:00am-5:30pm9:00am-5:30pm
Sunday9:00am-5:30pm9:00am-5:30pm
ScheduleFall 2019TBA

Admissions

Entering students must have a high school diploma or equivalent, or satisfactory post-secondary education. We will accept mature students on a case by case basis; eligible mature students must demonstrate they have achieved sufficient post-secondary education credits in lieu of high school credits.

All applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. English proficiency is evaluated on a case by case basis, and applicants may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).

To apply for the Community Herbalist Certificate Program, please click on the link below. We do not have a set deadline for applications and will continue to accept students up until the start of classes, provided there is space within the program. Typically programs do fill prior to the semester start, so we recommend applying 3 months in advance for domestic students and 6 months in advance for international students requiring a study permit. While international students do not require a study permit for a program 6-months or less in duration, international students hoping to work while studying will require one.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the Holistic Nutrition Certificate total $3950 and are broken down as follows:

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 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.

 

Post-Graduation

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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