Foundations in Western Herbalism

300 Hour Herbalist Certification Course
Next Course Begins September 4, 2018

Do you use herbs, grow them in your garden, or make remedies and want to make a career of it? Maybe you are completely new to the concept of herbalism but are curious about using herbs at home to care for your family in a natural way. If you are interested in any of the following things then this course may be for you.

Career Opportunities as a Certified Herbalist

  • Clinical practitioner
  • Retail store owner
  • herbal product manufacturer
  • Herbal pharmacist for a physician
  • Author
  • Researcher
  • Herbal Instructor
  • Sales representative for herbal product manufacturer

Herbalist certification allows you the knowledge, skill, and credibility to make herbalism a career. In this course you will be immersed in classroom, field study, and clinical/business training in order to have all of the tools necessary to develop your own herbal path.

The Foundations in Traditional Herbalism course offers 300 hours of classroom and field study instruction along with experiential projects designed to develop and strengthen your unique herbalism gifts and talents. 

Course Topics

  • Herbal Medicine Introduction
  • Plant identification and basic botany
  • Anatomy/Physiology/Pathology
  • Pharmacology & Formulary
  • Medicinal application by Body System
  • Plant Spirit Medicine
  • Herbs of the Desert
  • Wildcrafting / Foraging
  • Gardening, Harvesting & Preparations
  • Medicine Making
  • Foundations in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory
  • Business Development for Herbal Advancement
  • Community education
  • Working knowledge of approximately 150 herbs
  • Field Study and externship experiences

The herbalist certification course is designed to give you a strong foundation of the historical and contemporary use of herbs, laws and regulations governing herbal medicine, business development for the herbalist, and effective preparation and formulation of herbal medicine to be used in clinical practice. The addition of the optional supervised Clinical Internship is beneficial for those who wish to become a clinical

Course Instructors

Kris Vaughan, CH (Herbal Wisdom Institute Founder and Program Director) is your main instructor. You will also have a team of additional instructors who are experts in their field of study to enhance your course and offer you the most comprehensive education available in Northern Arizona. Your instructors include Native American medicine women and certified herbalists who all live and work with herbal traditions from various medicine systems around the world.

Learn about your instructors HERE

Hands-on Interactive Learning

The herbalist certification course is highly interactive and requires your participation. You will be participating in field trips, research projects, presentations, and clinical application of the remedies. This course will require you to experience the herbs in various forms and it will require the ability walk in the desert on field trips and navigate the local terrain. Of course, if you have special health considerations please advise us upon admission to the program.


Class meets two evenings a week for 11 months (with some holiday breaks scheduled)
Tuesday & Thursday evenings 5:30-8:30pm
Some Friday and Saturday field trips will be required, dates to be determined

Course is scheduled to begin on September 4, 2018 and estimated to complete with a graduation on or around August 9, 2019.

Students may miss no more than 30 hours of instruction to receive full certification. Some makeup work may be available as needed and upon approval for time that is missed due to unforeseen circumstances.


We are now offering two course options: on-site learning or via live webcast

On-Site Learning

Registration Fee$50.00
Tuition $3,000.00 (300 hours)
Field Trip Fees (estimated subject to change)$250.00
Required Texts (incl. tax & s/h, subject to change)$214.05

Course Total $3,514.05

Live Webcast Learning

Registration Fee$50.00
Tuition $2,500.00
Required Texts (incl. tax & s/h, subject to change)$214.05

Course Total $2,764.05

Students choosing the live webcast course will be certified for 250 hours of study. Field trips are not included (50 hours). To receive certification for the additional 50 hours, bringing your certification total to 300, the student may participate in plant field study in their own area and submit their class receipts, hours, and syllabus. These must be pre-approved by Herbal Wisdom Institute's Program Director.

Students choosing this option must commit to participating in the live webcast on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30 - 8:30pm MT (Arizona)

Webcast students who live in Arizona, and can travel to attend the field trips with the class, will pay the full course cost of $3,514.05.

Creating Herbal Community
Building community with your fellow learners is important. You will have the opportunity to join a Facebook group of current and past students of the Foundations in Western Herbalism course. In this group you will have the chance to connect, receive support, and build knowledge.

Payment Plans

Pay in full discount = 10% off tuition ($250.00 - $300.00)
(Discount applied to tuition only. Excludes books, tax, and field trip fees)

Flexible payment plans are available. Enroll now with a minimum $350.00 deposit and an automatic billing agreement. Course must be paid in full at completion of course hours.  Payment plans may begin before your course begins to allow for lower payment options. Please ask about this option at time of inquiry.


Herbal Wisdom Institute is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Our curriculum meets or exceeds the guidelines set forth by the AADP and ensures that our students receive a comprehensive education that offers complete foundational knowledge for herbalists. Graduates of our Foundations in Western Herbalism course are also eligible to apply for board certification by the AADP as Holistic Health Practitioners along with receiving their certification as an herbalist.

The Herbal Wisdom Institute is a natural setting for Kris Vaughan to share her superior herbal knowledge. Kris is a dynamic speaker who conveys the information with such enthusiasm and passion that her students are always left craving for more. Her formal herbal training, extensive clinical experience, and management level background in sales and marketing in herbal supplement manufacturing and distribution qualify her as an authority on botanical medicine. Plant-based medicine continues to be one of the most widely used therapies worldwide for promoting health, wellness, and longevity. It is essential for budding herbalists to receive formal instruction of traditional use accompanied by an understanding of current scientific mechanisms to assure this natural healing modality remains in the forefront of time-honored medicine. Every promising herbalist bar none will benefit from Kris’ instruction and from the opportunities this knowledge affords, whether seeking this information for self-treatment, caring for loved ones or going on to pursue professional practice.
— Ken Koenig, D.C. Former Dean of Education & Executive Director of the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners and Past President & Owner of Wise Woman Herbals

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