Becoming a Herbalist

Choosing to study herbal medicine can be the start of a life-changing journey. People come to study herbal medicine from all walks of life. Some have experienced the benefits of herbal medicine for themselves and choose herbal medicine as a second career. You do not need any previous experience in healthcare.  You will need considerable commitment in terms of time,  effort and dedication. 

To become a Member of the NIMH you will need to study on a course that meets the NIMH standards.  You will undertake an honours degree level course in Herbal Medicine at an accredited institution, which covers the following areas:

  • Knowledge Sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology, botany, diagnostic procedures, physical examination, materia medica, posology, nutrition, diet, orthodox medicines and procedures, practice management, health and safety, medical legislation.

  • Skills for communication with patients and other professionals, history taking, health assessment, maintaining a clean and secure dispensary, herbal pharmacy, liaison with other practitioners.

  • Understanding An understanding of the ethics of professional practice, issues of confidentiality, botanical therapeutics, the responsibility to maintain fitness to practice and the need for continuing professional and personal development. In addition to theoretical education, students undertake a minimum of 500 hours supervised clinical training.


Graduates from the following accredited courses are eligible to apply for membership to the NIMH:


Lincoln College with validation by the Open University 
 BSc Herbal Medicine


New developments

The NIMH Accreditation Board has accepted applications for candidacy for accreditation from the following courses. The courses are working towards full accreditation with the NIMH Accreditation Board:

Betonica Medical Herbalist Training Programme

School of Herbal Medicine


The following accredited courses are closed to new applicants but graduates of these courses are eligible to apply for membership of the NIMH:

Middlesex University - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine
Postgraduate Diploma Professional Practice Herbal Medicine

Napier Universityclosed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Scottish School of Herbal Medicine - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

University of Central Lancashire - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

University of East London  - closed to new applications
BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Westminster University - closed to new applications
BSc Herbal Medicine

If you graduated more than two years ago from one of the courses above, please contact the NIMH office for further information about applying to join the NIMH.