Certificate & Diploma Herbal Medicine Courses NZ

Herbal Medicine Course Structure

Through multi-platform, immersive online herbal education courses, with careful assessment and strong support, we have created clinically relevant learning journeys to help the student achieve their goals, whether that be learning how to be a good herbalist for their friends, family and extended circle, all the way up to learning how to become a good, safe and effective medical herbalist for their wider community.

Estimated Time

The estimated time required for study is going to vary a great deal, because it depends on the student’s speed and ease in absorbing new ideas and information. This estimate includes time for watching videos, listening to audios, reading books, completing assignments, as well as equally important time for reflection, personal experimenting and practicing the work.

Certificate of Herbal Medicine

12 hours a week over 6 months (Distance learning)

Diploma in Medical Herbalism

12-18 hours a week over approximately 2 years (Distance learning)

Diploma in Clinical Herbalism 

Immersive workshops & Case studies over approximately 1 year (Blended learning, includes face-to-face workshops)


The Diploma is achieved through 4 key learning streams

  1. Educational Videos
  2. Paul Bergner’s lectures
  3. Guided study of specified texts
  4. Experiential workshops

There are three ways in which Diploma students will be assessed

  1. Assignments
  2. Exams
  3. Case-studies

Students are further supported in two key ways

  1. The forum
  2. Mentoring

Herbal Medicine Courses – the 4 streams of learning

The Certificates and the Diplomas are achieved through 4 key learning streams

  1. Educational Videos
  2. Paul Bergner’s Courses
  3. Recommended Reading 
  4. Experiential learning

1) Educational Videos

Richard Whelan presents a series of educational videos on numerous, clinically relevant and diverse topics. A great deal of valuable knowledge can be clearly conveyed in this method and the material can be easily revised if and when needed.

2) Paul Bergner’s Courses

We are delighted to be closely collaborating with world-renowned herbalist and educator, Paul Bergner, for the presentation of our Diploma. As well as being active on our faculty and forum, all of Paul’s lectures, personal writings and vast library of classic texts are included in our course and may be listened to, read and revised whenever it suits.

3) Recommended Reading

With great care, we have selected a number of excellent books to begin a core library for the future medical herbalist. We want our students to develop familiarity and understanding of these books, but we are not expecting rote learning or mass memorisation. A medical herbalist is a student for life, learning how to learn and knowing the right questions is more important than having all the answers. 

4) Experiential Learning 

From the first lessons in the Certificate of Herbal Medicine, and all the way through the Diploma, there is a strong emphasis on the importance of personal, experiential learning. Getting to know the plants through spending time with them, understanding the healing force of nature by personal observations, engaging with health and healing in a way that makes sense at an experiential level, will be of much help when it comes time to put knowledge into practice. 


Certificate students only need to complete the comprehensive assignment work in each of the three coursebooks in order to achieve their Certificate of Herbal Medicine

Diploma students also have comprehensive assignment work to complete. They will also receive assessment via research projects, written exams, case-studies and personal mentoring. More details can be found in the Diploma Curriculum found here


Students are supported in two key ways

  1. Forum
  2. Mentoring


The forum is an open, friendly place to ask questions and share experiences, resources and case studies. The teachers will regularly come on to the forum to participate and students are also encouraged to share their points of view and to learn from each other. Danielle also runs a regular, live and informal student gathering through a free, online video platform that all students are welcome to participate in. 


No two practitioners of natural medicine are ever the same. Likewise, it is understood that each student will have their own unique path to becoming a good, safe and effective herbalist.

Individual mentoring is a vital part of the Diploma courses and, as the journey progresses, students will be directed towards further learning in the areas that they and we identify as needing more attention. 

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