Certificate in Herbal Studies


Learn to assess the quality of botanicals and understand the primary production methods of preparations including tinctures, decoctions, infusions, and teas while learning how to recommend herbal supplements for preventative health and how to incorporate herbs in daily life to support optimal health and wellness in a retail setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics (including AHG ethics and ARC requirements), keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, nutritional, lifestyle, and wellness counseling
  • Locate information from state regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with local and state requirements
    Discuss herbal medicine, its history, and status of current research, including how to locate studies in peer-reviewed journals
  • Discuss the current state of regulations of the natural products industry, including FDA regulations, FCC regulations, GMP requirements in the U.S. and contrast with regulations in Canada and Europe
  • Discuss the FDA regulations concerning structure/function claims with respect to the retail environment
  • Discuss the medicinal plants studied with confidence, including the Latin name, major active constituents, safety issues, historical uses, and latest research
  • Understand common issues in plant identification, ethical wildcrafting, sustainable harvesting, field identification and safety procedures and be able to educate others about these issues
  • Use and understand the language of herbal therapeutic actions from alteratives to vulnerary herbs

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Admissions Requirements:

Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency and recommendation for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

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