The Expedited RH Application
This application process is for herbalists and health care practitioners who have already met a standard of training in herbal or botanical medicine equivalent to or greater than that required for Registered Herbalist membership including but not limited to:
• Members of the National Institutes for Medical Herbalists (MNIMH).
• Anyone certified in Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
• Herbalists certified or licensed as herbalists in other countries such as Ireland, Israel, New Zealand and Australia.
• Graduates of four-year accredited naturopathic programs (AANMC) who have specialized in botanical medicine. Note that this specialization must be clearly demonstrated.
• Veterinarians with herbal medicine training and demonstrated clinical practice using herbal therapies.
Expedited RH Application Criteria
If you qualify for the Expedited Application process, you will need to provide the following:
• A letter of intent that states why you are interested in Registered Herbalist membership and provides detailed information about your qualifications.
• A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a detailed list of all botanical medicine classes, workshops, seminars, clinics, apprenticeships or internships attended or completed. You will be asked to attach legible scanned copies of any professional certification or licensure (or equivalent) and other relevant training diplomas, licenses and certifications
• Two case histories drawn from your clinical practice that clearly demonstrate the use of botanical therapies. Please refer to the details below for instructions about the format for your case histories.
• A letter of recommendation from one of your primary instructors in botanical medicine. If this is not possible, we’ll need you to explain why.
• Your non-refundable admissions processing fee: AHG members, $100.00; non-members, $175.00.
Once you have completed the application and submitted it, along with your payment using our digital application portal, it will be sent to the Admission Committee. Expedited Application review process are sent to the committee once a month and you should expect to hear from us approximately 6 to 8 weeks from your submission date.
If we determine that you don’t qualify to apply for the expedited application process, you are still eligible to submit the Standard Application.
Questions about the Expedited Application process? Contact the Admissions Coordinator.
How to Submit Your Case Histories
Please provide two comprehensive case histories from your practice. The cases you submit should demonstrate your clinical skills and ability to create complex herbal protocols. Each case history must include a minimum of two follow up sessions with expanded or revised herbal protocols based on an ongoing assessment of their case.
Nutritional and lifestyle changes and complementary therapies (flower essences, homeopathy, nutritional supplements, bodywork, etc.) may be part of a valid protocol. But the cases you submit should demonstrate effective therapies that rely primarily on appropriate herbs, with an explanation for the reason these herbs where chosen.
Please indicate the system of differential assessment you use in your practice. This system may be based on an established tradition such as a western biomedical model, Chinese, or Ayurvedic model, or a traditional model (i.e., Cherokee or Folk Medicine) as long as you demonstrate that you are thoroughly knowledgeable about and consistent in applying this model.
Standard assessment measures may include but are not limited to, tongue and pulse assessment, observations of a person's vitality, clearness of eyes, general demeanor, the health of their skin or hair, the quality of their voice or manner of speech, and energetic assessments such as classifying symptoms as hot, cold, damp, dry, excess, deficient, asthenic, and sthenic. Your process of differential assessment includes all of your observations, your client's answers to personal health questions, and, most importantly, a thorough evaluation of their case. Together this information is the basis of a preliminary assessment unique for each client and their stated health goals.
Do not submit rough notes from intake sessions or client intake forms but rather a a consolidated and organized presentation of each case. We've put together some tips for how to do this in a recorded webinar, "Preparing a Case for Review." and have created a Case Study Template you can use as a starting point for preparing your case for review, though you should feel free to modify it.
All case histories must be anonymous. Carefully review all client information you submit to be sure you have removed names and any information that would betray confidentiality. Any application submitted with identifying information will be rejected.