The Advanced Community Herbalist
& The Herbal Practitioner Program

The Herbal Practitioner Program is divided into two sections: the Advanced Community Herbalist and the Herbal Practitioner. A student may take one or both sections and each section is awarded a separate certificate of completion. However, to receive the Herbal Practitioner Certificate, the student must have completed the Family, Community, Advanced Community, and Herbal Practitioner programs.
The Advanced Community Herbalist Program allows the student who wishes to carry forth with advanced studies, but doesn’t want to participate in clinic, the opportunity to do so. This also concentrates the clinical aspect of the program which allows for intense attention to practice sessions for students in the Herbal Practitioner Program.

The Advanced Community Herbalist

The Advanced Community Herbalist is a continuation of study from the Community Herbalist Program. The student will learn about natural approaches to mental health issues, autoimmune disorders, common disorders, herb/drug interactions, and contraindications, cancer, and healthy aging. We’ll continue to look at the effect of nutrition on health and well-being, especially the effect of nutrition on specific disorders. These Advanced classes are from January through July.

However, this class isn’t only for those wishing to open a practice or work in the natural health field, it’s also for anyone wishing to delve deeper into using herbs as remedies for self, family, and friends.

In addition, you’ll learn about herb/drug interactions and safety, neurotransmitters, and herbs for mental health disorders, common disorders such as Lyme, arthritis, or acne, 19 common autoimmune disorders, and how herbs and foods can help us age healthily. Please check the class syllabus for a full list of topics.

Herbal Practitioner Program (Advanced Clinical Skills)

The Herbal Practitioner Program is an advanced level of study which emphasizes clinical skills, intake, assessment and business skills. After completing the program, potential jobs include:

  • creating an herbal practice
  • working as a clerk in a health food
  • teaching classes in herbalism and natural health
  • creating herbal products
  • writing freelance articles and blogs
  • adding herbal knowledge to an already existing practice
  • growing herbs.


Pre-requisites to this program includes previous studies from an approved herbal program or the completion of ACNH Family Herbalist and Community Herbalist Programs.

Dates and Times

January 19 – November 17, 2019

The clinical portion of the Herbal Practitioner Program (HPP) is a certificate program, held one weekend a month for ten months, beginning in January and ending in November. Class times are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday. 


The Herbal Practitioner Program (HPP): Tuition is $1250.00 for five months, or $250 per month.

The Advanced Community Herbalist: Tuition is $250 a month for a total of $1500.

For students taking both the Advanced Community Herbalist and Herbal Practitioner Programs the cost is $2750 or $250 a month for 11 months.

Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact Phyllis.

Full-tuition for both the Advanced Community Herbalist and the Herbal Practitioner Programs are due on the first day of class unless other arrangements have been made. A monthly payment plan option of $250.00 per month is available for your convenience, but must be worked out in advance. Please note, that once you commit to the program whether or not you pay in advance or pay by the month, you are responsible for the month’s payment even if you miss a class. Missed classes can be recorded and notes can be borrowed from other students.

Please contact ACNH if you are coming in from out-of-town and need overnight accommodations.

There is one partial work exchange program offered for a local student. This goes fast so apply early if you are interested.

Please download the pdf application for enrollment below. (The pdf has fillable form fields so you may type on it, save the file, and email it back to Phyllis. Or print it and snail mail to address on the form.)

Click here for the Application

General Course Information

There are no required texts for the class. All lesson material will be provided.

Check the class syllabus for a full list of topics and dates.

Herbal Practitioner Program Syllabus for 2019:

Information on homework, special assignments and projects will be emailed upon receiving registration form.
Most classes meet on the 3rd weekend of each month unless otherwise noted.

Advanced Community Herbalist Certificate

January –
Food as Medicine – comprehensive lecture.

February 16 and 17 – 

Saturday and Sunday – Mental Health Weekend Intensive: Neurotransmitters. Natural approaches for mental health issues, including depression, addiction, etc. Review connections to methylation and epigenetics. Case studies.

March 16 and 17
Saturday and Sunday- Autoimmune Weekend Intensive. Discussion of 19 common types of autoimmune disorders and their patterns of dysfunction. Natural approaches to autoimmune issues including herbs, supplements, dietary approaches, and lifestyle changes. Case studies.

April 27 and 28 (4th weekend) –
Saturday and Sunday – Common Disorders Weekend Intensive. Discussion of common disorders such as Lyme’s disease, Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Macular degeneration, Acne, Arthritis, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Eczema, Gallbladder problems, Flu, etc. Case studies.

May 25 and 26 (4th weekend) –
Saturday- Common Disorders – Burns, Tinnitus, Mononucleosis, Boils, Sunburn, Constipation, Ear Infections, Gum disease, Herpes, Osteoporosis, Warts, etc.
Sunday – Herb/Drug Contraindications and Herbal Safety. Case studies.

June 22 and 23 (4th weekend)
Saturday – Healthy aging and longevity. End of life care. Ten essential oils for the herbalist. Ten homeopathic remedies for the medicine chest.
Sunday – Cancer theories and natural approaches. Immune system. Dietary and lifestyle approaches. Case studies.

Herbal Practitioner Certificate

July 20 and 21 – 
Saturday – The intake process: how to do an intake. Creating an intake form. Purpose of informed consent. Using educational language. How to do a case study for class homework.
Sunday – Listening and counseling skills. Marketing your practice. Creating community outreach. Building a working relationship with allied healthcare professionals. Legal issues for the practitioner. Ethics in practice.

August 17 and 18 
Mind/body paradigm. Case studies and clinic.

September 21 and 22 –
Pathology and Disease. Case studies and clinic.

October 19 and 20 –
Putting it all together. Case studies and clinic.

November 16 and 17 – Present course projects. Food, fun, and happy memories. Certificates!!!!