The Herbal Certification Program at Herbal Prepper Academy is designed to produce skilled and competent herbalists, with a focus on the long-term sustainability and emergency preparedness.
The program is comprised of three required courses and two electives. All courses will be available as stand-alone options regardless if the student is working towards certification.
All courses will roll out throughout 2017, starting with Herbal Skills Intensive. Please see the links below for more information on each individual course.
The Herbal Prepper Academy Herbal Certification Program is comprised of 3 required courses and 2 elective courses.
Elective Courses (pick any two)
- Herbal Antibiotics and Antivirals
- Beyond First Aid
- Herbal Burn Care
- Herbal Homekeeping
- More to come
Licensure vs. Certification
Licensure is a required credential for some professions to be legally practiced in certain states. Certification, in contrast, is a voluntary credential. It is not required by any governing body.
Herbalism is not a licensed profession in the United States. Hopefully, it never will be. Could you imagine needing a government-issued license to apply aloe vera to a sunburn?
Certification, whether through Herbal Prepper Academy or any other herbal school in the United States, is only proof that an individual has satisfactorily completed that school's certification course or program. No formal education in Herbology is required to practice as an herbalist in the United States.
There are, however, significant benefits to taking an herbal certification course program. Two primary benefits are organization and support.
While self-study is a perfectly valid form of herbal training, it is easy for students to become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of herbal information that is available today through books and online resources. Herbal certification programs provide both structure and organization.
Taking a course, whether in person or online, has the additional benefit of support from an experienced herbalist who can answer questions and act as a mentor for the student.
No matter how you choose to pursue your herbal education, please check out this recommended reading list (coming soon) and recommended websites for herbalists. These herbal books and websites are strongly encouraged for everyone taking courses through Herbal Prepper Academy. Those choosing independent study would greatly benefit from these sources.