Why become an Associate member?
Associate membership is ideal for those who have invested significant time and energy into careers working with medicinal plants (this broad definition includes the business of growing or procuring herbs, making herbal products, teaching, researching, seeing clients, and more). It is intended to encompass herbalism as an essential life-path and the many different ways that can appear.
This new membership category acknowledges individuals from a variety of vocations related to the field of herbalism, including those on track to becoming Registered Herbalists. This distinction also includes those dedicated herbalists who are not interested in becoming clinical herbalists.
Associate membership includes:
- Intermediate-level clinicians (who haven’t yet completed the clinical hours required for RH membership)
- Career herbalists who aren’t clinicians
- Practitioners in other fields related to clinical herbalism and allied health providers with herbal training
- Students graduating from herbal schools across the country who fit into this designated membership category that reflects their years of hard work, dedication, and study in herbalism
- Those who have been working in the herbal field for some time and have made significant contributions to the field of herbalism
For more information, see the Associate Member FAQs.
Using the phrase “Associate member” unites all of these different paths and shows a commitment to using medicinal plants in a variety of ways.
The Associate category creates greater exposure and recognition for this fulfilling life path. This new designation will inspire other plant and planet lovers to take herbalism on as a viable career path and join the community of AHG and global herbalists.
Disclaimer: “Associate member” is not a mark of competency in clinical practice as the RH (Registered Herbalist) title is. This distinction is not a credential. Although Associate members are asked to submit minimal evidence of their work and study, this membership category is not peer-reviewed for educational and practice standards. While the Associate membership may function as a stepping stone to the advanced RH membership, it also stands alone as an intermediary category. RH is still considered the highest standard for clinical herbalism offered within the AHG. The RH credential offered through the American Herbalists Guild is an acclaimed and widely recognized credential that may be acquired through 1200+ hours of study in a variety of aspects of herbal medicine. The RH designation is currently the only widely recognized committee-reviewed credential available to herbalists in the US.
Associate members enjoy all General benefits, plus:
- Recognition of your professional specialty via our internal member's only website directory
- Networking opportunities and roundtables specific to Associate members (upcoming meetups for Associates include business development and clinical roundtables)
- Associate member badge
Who can become an Associate member?
In order to qualify as an Associate member, you must submit documentation reflecting a minimum of two years of training or experience, averaging five hours or more per week (a total of approximately 500 hours) and acknowledge the statement of ethical guidelines
How do I become an Associate member?
You can document your membership qualifications by submitting information according to the options below:
- Certificate of Completion from an herbal school or training program. This document must include the name of the school and instructor(s), the name of the course or program, and the number of hours of the course or program.
- Documentation from a supervisor, teacher, mentor, or program coordinator. If you work in an herbal education program, as a veterinary herbalist, at an herb shop, on an herb farm, or do other types of work that are directly focused on herbal skills, your work hours may apply. Please ask your employer or mentor to provide information that specifies the skills you have obtained in this workplace and the number of training hours this represents. This can include a supervised clinical setting.
- Contracts for speaking, teaching, or herb-based work. If you teach workshops in your community, present at an herb conference, etc, these hours may apply. You can submit a copy of your contract or work agreement.
To enroll in Associate membership: assemble your documentation according to the list above into one PDF file. Have this ready to upload.