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Am I an herbalist and can I get a job after I finish the course?
So, yes, there are jobs and opportunities out their for herbalists, many of them self created. But no one course, especially a home study course, will prepare you for professional practice. As in any other profession, especially those involving health care, it requires years of study and a heartful life long dedication. With herbalism as with many other health care professionals, an apprenticeship is helpful and/or the opportunity to work in an herbal health clinic under guidance to gain experience.
I hope this is helpful, I realize it’s a simple question; will I be prepared to work as an herbalist? But the answer is not so simple. As a reminder, even students who study and graduate from four-year universities are often not prepared for ‘professional practice’, nor are they guaranteed jobs. It’s a matter of how they apply themselves, the type of work they wish to go into, etc. With herbalism, there are so many different ways we can ‘practice’ our healing art: as gardeners, growers, herbal product makers, home health care (taking care of our personal needs and those of family and friends), cosmetics, plant spirit practitioners, adjunct practitioners, herbal educators, etc. etc. Some of these fields require more skills and experience than others do.
Wishing you all the very best as you pursue your love of plants and your quest for knowledge.
What are the primary differences between the "Classic" Printed & Online versions of the course?
In addition to the core lesson content, the online version also includes; a video & audio library, interactive forums, a social network, Rosemary’s personal plant notes, a Herb of the Month section with featured herbalists, and supplemental materials, as well as a faster turn around time on homework.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
Many green blessings,
Do you offer a payment plan on the Home Study Course?
If you are interested in a payment plan, please contact Laura in the Sage Mountain Office and request the letter from Rosemary explaining the terms.
What are the refund policies for the Herbal Home Study Course?
What additional materials will I need to complete the course?
Hopefully, this is helpful.
Love and light and endless green blessings,
Will the course make me a Registered/Master Herbalist?
The Science and Art of Herbalism is a wonderful and well-respected course, and you do receive a lovely certificate for completing the coursework,however there is no way a home study course, no matter how well written could possibly provide the years of hands on experience and study required to achieve the title Master Herbalist. The Science & Art of Herbalism Home Study Course will provide a very strong foundation on the road to herbal knowledge, but only you will know when you are ready to start working with people outside of yourself and family.
Truly, we know of no online course that really would give one the tools and credentials to 'practice and prescribe'. This doesn't mean that one can't learn a tremendous amount from online or correspondence courses. There are some very good ones available and there are many herbalists now practicing that apprenticed and/or learned through primarily 'self study'.
But to get the kind of hands on practice one needs to open a practice, you really should attend an onsite school, learning directly from teachers and getting clinical practice by working one on one with others in a supervised way. At least, that's what Rosemary would suggest. There are schools that do this, some that offer full time programs and others that offer shorter programs for those, like yourself, that already have some training.
You might just wish to take a short term program that augments what you already know and gives you that invaluable one on one hands on clinical practice. Schools and programs that you might wish to look into include: David Winston's Clinical Training program (this course can be taken long distance, but David is actually teaching it in a classroom with students and some long distance learning students are included- although this is the last year he will be the main teacher), Maryland University of Integrative Health (offers full time accredited herbal training programs), The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, The California School of Herbal Studies, and there are other programs as well.
For more information on becoming a registered herbalist, and other school listings, you may want to look around the American Herbalist Guild website, http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com or the New England Herbal Association Website: http://www.northeastherbal.org
Hope that is somewhat useful information, and please let us know if you have any additional questions.
Many green blessings,