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Once you are accepted on to the course you will begin receiving the ‘first stage’ of educational material, so can start your learning journey as soon as you are ready!

Included in the cost of the Certificate of Herbal Medicine is a package containing a number of different herbs to help the student begin their learning journey in as ‘hands-on’ a way as possible. Later, there will no doubt be other herbs that students will want to gain access to in order to help themselves or others, or simply to further their knowledge and understanding of the plants and how to best use them.

A strong emphasis on making your own medicine from raw materials will be taught throughout our course, including at the Certificate level, therefore students will be supported with a variety of options on how to best obtain herbs and manufacturing materials to develop confidence in this vital and vibrant area from early on in their learning journey.

Course Fees

Certificate of Herbal Medicine = $2,400

We are also able to offer a payment schedule of $100 a week over 26 weeks
Talk with our student liaison or course coordinator for details on how to set this up.

The certificate programme incorporates:

3 comprehensive courses from Paul Bergner including: 

  • “First course” an introductory course on how to study herbal medicine and to establish some core principles and practices 
  • “Practical herbalism” an in-depth course on nutrition and the uses of 50 herbs along with how to help common issues in skin, digestion, sleep etc. 
  • “Vitalist treatment of acute symptoms” a comprehensive 12-lesson course that demonstrates how to help the major symptomatic complaints whilst working with the body’s self-healing intelligence


22 in-depth educational videos from Richard Whelan including: 

  • Constitutional medicine – understanding how to work out a person’s constitution and how to work with the cycle of healing 
  • The 20 herbs that are sent out to the students as dried herbs or tinctures are discussed and learned in practical, experiential depth 
  • The art and science of medical herbalism is introduced and discussed along with numerous examples from clinical practice 


  • Manufacturing and plant-identification videos
  • Journaling assignments that encourage the kind of hands-on experiential learning that sticks!
  • Membership of an interactive, well-supported forum
  • A library of over 20 classic texts in PDF form along with many other articles to provide a wealth of in-depth reference material

Students are also required to purchase some books when studying our certificate course, these are widely available both new and 2nd hand. We provide notes on availability, price range, when each book has been published etc. on application to the course.

Diploma of Medical Herbalism = $6,200

Diploma of Medical Herbalism students must have completed all the course work for the Certificate of Herbal Medicine before beginning their Diploma studies.

The Diploma of Medical Herbalism includes a further 8 comprehensive courses from Paul Bergner, each one containing a series of lectures and supportive literature on subjects that will be entirely relevant to the student wishing to learn how to work with the major issues that present in clinical practice. Likewise, Richard Whelan will be providing a detailed series of lessons on a much larger number of herbs along with practical and effective approaches to the most common conditions found in practice based on real-life cases. Many more lessons on manufacturing and plant identification will proliferate through this course and our student forum will provide a dynamic place for further learning and discussion.

This is a unique, in-depth, extremely well-resourced Diploma that is designed with the sole purpose of helping to create excellent, safe and effective practitioners. There is, of course, a great deal more to it than has been summarised on this site, and you should not hesitate to talk with our student liaison for more information about any of this. It also must be understood that, along with the core educational streams, our Diploma students will be receiving mentoring that is individually tailored to them to help them on their personal journey towards becoming a good herbalist. 

Note that Diploma Students must obtain a more extensive library of carefully selected texts but that, likewise to the Certificate, these books are widely available both new and 2nd hand.  Some essential diagnostic equipment (e.g. stethoscope, otoscope) will also eventually be required to be purchased by the student and training will be given on these as well as on some optional diagnostic equipment for those who wish to use further methods (e.g. measuring cholesterol, breath hydrogen, clotting rates etc.) Again, feel free to talk with our student liaison about any of this. 

For more information you can download an outline of our course curriculum here

Diploma of Clinical Herbalism = POA (price on application)

We may be in a position to make exceptions for students who have already completed an advanced qualification in a natural medicine course, otherwise students of the Diploma of Clinical Herbalism must have completed the Certificate of Herbal Medicine as well as be at least already well on their way through the Diploma of Medical Herbalism before they will be eligible to join this program. We will be able to provide more details on the fees for the Diploma in Clinical Herbalism when we have a better idea of student numbers who can commit to coming to the immersive workshops that will be at the heart of this training along with how we can best spread the costs of in-person tutoring, costs of venue hire, catering etc. There is no doubt that this will be an excellent course with a great deal to offer the aspiring herbal clinician and we will also be doing our utmost to make it as affordable and reachable as possible. 

Position on NZQA

We are an independent education provider who are choosing to stay completely clear of the NZQA system, and all the strings that are inevitably attached to getting money from the Government. We are not academics who only see people in the classroom and then somehow decide what subjects have to be learned up to what level, much of which turns out to be completely irrelevant to clinical practice. Our system of education is heavily influenced by the old ways of training, we value such things as experiential learning, apprenticeship, hands-on learning, a wide range of reading and influences, and mentoring. We recognise that what needs to be known, first and foremost, is how to get good results with actual people in the actual world. 

Also note that, whilst the beginning parts of our course are standardised, the further the student goes along their learning journey, the more their work needs to be individualised in order to meet their unique needs in how to best become a good herbalist. You cannot offer such a non-standardised course under NZQA, and nor would we want to. Whilst it may be tempting to take advantage of the easy access to a student debt that is provided for under the NZQA system, you still have to pay it back. Our successful graduates will finish their Diploma debt-free and be ready to start the next stage of their journey into professional practice.

Prospective students should understand that there is zero Government support or any other kind of subsidy for the herbal practitioner in practice in New Zealand, or any other country in the world for that matter. They also need to understand that there is no such support likely to start happening in the future. Our own herbal association has been trying to get it for over a hundred years but no-one in Government is interested in funding or supporting herbalists, why would they, such a move would be seen as going against the mainstream health system. 

People know that they are going to get no Government subsidies, or ACC money, or insurance money, when they come to see a herbalist or when they purchase any of the medicines the herbalist dispenses. They know they will have to pay for their treatment themselves but they come anyway because they trust it will be worth it. All kinds of people with all kinds of problems come to a herbalist, you can thrive in this work, not through handouts, but because you know how to get good results with the majority of those people. 

Position on NZAMH (New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists) 

We will encourage the graduates of our Diploma program to apply for professional membership in the NZAMH on an individual basis. We will not be seeking ‘pre-approval’ from the NZAMH for our course because, as explained above, a significant part of the advanced training will be quite non-standardised, there are no two herbalists alike in this world, nor should we train them as if we expect they should be.

The NZAMH has the provision written into its constitution to assess applicants on a case by case basis and, given the depth and quality of our course, we expect our graduates to be able to showcase their knowledge and ability to an excellent level and to be warmly welcomed as professional members into the NZAMH, if and when they choose to apply.

We will also encourage our students to consider joining the AHG (American Herbalists Guild) whenever they are ready and, after a couple of years of practice, to then also consider applying to become a registered herbalist with the AHG. This group are doing tremendous work to support and strengthen the community of the professional herbalist and, again, we are sure our graduates will be seen as well qualified and warmly welcomed if and when they are ready to go through the AHG’s own rigorous application process.

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