Associate Member FAQs

1. Why should I apply to be an Associate member?

The Associate member category was conceived to acknowledge those individuals from a variety of vocations related to the field of herbalism, who have achieved an intermediate level of training and experience. This distinction also includes those dedicated herbalists who are not interested in becoming clinical herbalists, who work in related fields, and who have made significant contributions to the field of herbalism.

2. Is this a credential membership?

No, Associate member is not a credential. An Associate member is not a mark of competency in clinical practice as the RH (Registered Herbalist) title is.  This new membership category acknowledges individuals from a variety of vocations related to the field of herbalism, including those who may become RH (Registered Herbalists) in the future.

3. How does this differ from the RH membership?

This category acknowledges a broad definition of contributions to the field of herbalism. It includes some benefits exclusive to Associate members which RH members do not receive. The RH credential is committee-reviewed, specific to clinical herbal practice, and requires 1200+ hours of study in a variety of aspects of herbal medicine. See the RH page for further requirement details.

4. How can I become an Associate member?

Prospective Associate members must acknowledge a statement of ethical guidelines and submit documentation of a minimum of two years of relevant herbal training or experience, averaging five hours or more per week (a total of approximately 500 hours).  Associate members are also responsible for paying annual dues.

5. How long after submitting my information will I receive a response regarding my Associate membership status?

As soon as our system acknowledges receipt of your materials and your annual dues, you will receive an Associate member welcome letter via email and be able to access your benefits. Note that although Associate members are asked to submit adequate evidence of their work and study, this membership category is not peer-reviewed for educational and practice standards as is the RH credential.

6. What are the benefits I receive as an Associate member?

Along with all of the benefits that you receive as a general AHG member, each Associate member’s information is listed in an internal member’s only website directory. Associate members have access to exclusive networking opportunities at the annual Symposium and through quarterly meet-ups to discuss business development and participate in clinical roundtables. Associate members may also use a distinctive badge to promote themselves and their work.

7. How do I set up my directory listing and get my AM badge?

  • To set up the directory listing, Associate members first enter their information directly into the contribution page. This form will prompt Associate members to enter their type of affiliated health professional, specialty, organization, contact info, website, and picture.
  • To edit this listing, Associate members will go to their listing when logged into the American Herbalists Guild website. The listing is able to be edited from here.
  • To download your badge, log into the website as an Associate Member, then go to Member Menu --> Associate Member Badges, or click here

8. Will I get discounts for webinars and the annual Symposium?

Yes. Refer to general member benefits for the details on these discounts.

9. Can the documentation of my Associate member training be used again if I apply to be a Registered Herbalist?

Yes, the documentation of your training can be cited again when you apply for the Registered Herbalist designation. In fact, this approach is a good way to initiate the process of documentation.