Stay Organized!

Use this free tool to keep all of your application requirements for Professional Membership in the American Herbalists' Guild in one easy place - so it's ready when you need it!

Become a Registered Herbalist

Professional Membership in the American Herbalists' Guild is the highest form of recognition available in the United States today.

There is no board that licenses or certifies herbalists in the United States. Although many schools claim you can be a "certified herbalist", there's actually no such thing! What they mean is, they will give you a certificate of completion from their school.

Because there is no certifying board, the only way to really show that you have done the work to be considered a professional is to apply for Professional Membership in the AHG. Although it is not the same as licensure, it does show that you have achieved a high level of education, practice, and skill that is worth recognition.

Whether or not herbalism will become a licensed profession in the future is hard to know - and there's not a clear-cut answer as to whether licensure would be good or bad for the practice. But for now, the highest recognition you can achieve is Professional Membership in the Guild, and we think that's a great way to show that you've done the work! 

We've created this tracking tool to make it easier to keep all of your application requirements in one place, and to see clearly when you've met every criterion. Whether you're a student at our school, or taking courses with someone else, we hope this tool will make keeping track of your progress much easier!

Course curriculum

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    AHG Registered Herbalist requirement tracker (00:00)

    • How to use the Requirements Tracker

    • Requirements Tracker, Microsoft Excel version

    • Requirements Tracker, Apple Numbers version

    • Criteria and Instructions for AHG Application

    • Why should you apply for Professional Membership?