The Herbal Practitioner Program

In the Herbal Practitioner Program , the work, information, and activities of the previous years of study come together.

The Herbal Practitioner Program is divided into two sections: lecture and case studies. To receive the Herbal Practitioner Certificate, the student must have completed the Family, Community, and Herbal Practitioner Programs.

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

  • Creating an herbal practice
  • Opening a herbal or health food business
  • Working in a herbal or health food store
  • Teaching classes in herbalism and natural health
  • Creating herbal products
  • Writing freelance articles and blogs
  • Increase knowledge and skill base to an already existing practice

In the Herbal Practitioner Program, we focus on information relevant for the practitioner. We’ll 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 specific disorders and will be using this information in determining case protocols.

We’ll also discuss case studies and offer free clinical consultations.


To enroll in the Herbal Practitioner Program, the student must have completed the Family Herbalist and Community Herbalist Programs or comparable programs from another school.

Dates and Times


The Herbal Practitioner Program is a 10 month certificate program, generally held the third weekend of every month, beginning in February and ending in November. Class times are 9:30 am – 4:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am – 4:30 pm on Sunday. The class will meet the third weekend of every month unless otherwise noted. Contact the office for the specific dates for each year or check the website for updates.

In addition to the HPP weekend class, there will also be one online evening class each month. The class will be used to discuss and answer questions about the material from the month’s class.


Tuition is $2,500.00 for 10 months (138 hours of instruction). A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration for new students but not for returning students.
Please make checks out to: Phyllis D. Light. If you would like to use Paypal please contact the office.

Full-tuition, $2,500.00, is due the week before the first class unless other arrangements have been made. An optional monthly payment plan of $250.00 is available for your convenience, but must be worked out in advance. Please note, that once you commit to the program and are paying by the month, you are responsible for the month’s payment even if you miss a class. All classes are recorded and available for viewing.

Refund Policy

Please carefully consider your commitment to the program whether you are paying in advance or making monthly payments. If you pay in advance and withdraw before the program begins, you’ll receive 100% refund minus a $50 transaction fee. If you pay in advance and withdraw after the first month but before the third month, you’ll receive a 50% refund minus a $50.00 transaction fee. No refund will be given after the third month of classes. The same timeline is applicable if you are paying by the month.


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
Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion will be rewarded at the end of the program if all criteria has been met. Keep in mind that you’ll get out of the program, what you put into the program. Doing the homework in a timely manner helps increase understanding of the material. Class participation and attendance also helps increase understanding of the material. The completion of the monthly homework and the fulfillment of a class project will be required to receive a Certificate of Completion. If you choose to audit the class, the price will be the same but no homework is required and no certificate of completion will be awarded.

General Course Information

Handouts and notes will be furnished for each session.

A final class project is required for receiving your HPP Certificate of Completion. This topic has to be approved by your advisor. Think……….master’s thesis.

Herbal Practitioner Curriculum:

Review Food as Medicine notes.

Review notes on methylation and epigenetics.
Understanding healthy mental health
Neurotransmitters – functioning and activities of the most common neurotransmitters and their effect on the body. Excess and deficiency disorders.
Natural approaches for mental health issues, including depression, addiction, etc.
Case studies.

Autoimmune Disorders – Discussion of common types of autoimmune disorders and their patterns of dysfunction. Role of the immune system in auto-immunity. Contributing risk factors to autoimmune dysfunctions.
Natural approaches to autoimmune issues including herbs, supplements, dietary ap