Chartered Herbalist

Online Program

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About the Program

This 1-year program is the original introductory level program of Herbal Medicine that emphasises the herbal heritage of North America. The presentation and character of the program reflects the actual use of Herbal Medicine as generally practiced by Natives, Thompsonians, and Eclectics. The program provides a basic understanding of the human body and use of herbal therapeutics. The program includes Anatomy & Physiology and Materia Medica incorporating approximately 200 western herbs and encompassing botanical description, distribution, cultivation, harvest, constituents, properties, formulae & dosages and contraindications. Also included in this program is a practical book by Ella Birzneck, RMT, MH, EP drawn from generations of herbal knowledge as well as her own lifetime of experience as a practicing Herbalist and natural healer. This is a great way to learn about herbs, take better care of your family’s health, complement your current profession, earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), enhance job opportunities with a basic knowledge of herbs or begin a career in Herbal Medicine.

Admission Requirements: High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Diploma or Mature Student (19 years or older)

Program Duration: The program duration is 12 months (600 hours). Enrollment is ongoing. Students can start at any time. Students have one year to complete the lessons and final exam.

Delivery & Instructional Methods: The Chartered Herbalist Diploma Program utilizes a distance learning delivery method in which the program is completed by online, self-directed learning.

Program Information: The program consists of 600 hours of online, self-directed learning. The program includes three books with questions at the end of the lessons and a final exam. Students are provided with three online books as read-only PDF files for the duration of the program. Students have the option to purchase hard-copy books. Lessons are submitted online for evaluation and correction. The final exam is written online. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be awarded a diploma with the title “Chartered Herbalist”.

Payment Options:
We accept the following forms of payment—cash, Interac e-Transfer, PayPal, money order, check, and credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).


Book 1

Lessons 1–21: Anatomy & Physiology of the human body. A general outline of the body as a whole. All systems of the body are covered including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, integumentary, nervous, and reproductive systems.

Lessons 22–25: Pathology and etiology of disease, general assessment, and examination methods.

Book 2

Lessons 1–36: Materia Medica. History of herbalism, fundamentals, principles and factors of scientific medicine, dietary considerations and herbal remedy preparations compounded and used in treatment. Botany, constituents, plant parts used and contra-indications.Approximately 200 North American, western and European herbs are included. Herbal stimulants, tonics, diuretics, diaphoretics, sudorifics, expectorants, demulcents, nervines, antispasmodics, alternatives, antiscorbutics astringents, cathartics, purgatives, anthelmics, emmenagogues, special lesson on lobelia and selected herbal formulae for various ailments. Symptoms of acute and chronic disease with the treatment and care of various conditions giving instructions and herbal formulae. When to gather various herbs and how to mature them for use, nomenclature, prescription writing, phrases, and abbreviations.

Book 3

This book was compiled by Ella Birzneck, RMT, MH, EP. Chronic diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, sinus, rheumatism and arthritis are covered. The glandular system, foods and exercises for eyes, soya bean milk and other soya bean recipes, “keep-well diet” herbal infusions, herbal decoctions, distillations, aromatic herbs, classification of certain herbs, tonics and formulae and baby food for babies and small children. Animal health care, environmental pollution and the “Herbal Alphabet” are also covered.

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. PTIB did not review this program.

“Dominion Herbal College pioneered herbal training in North America and continues to lead in herbal education both at the foundation level and at the practitioner’s level. Herbal medicine is my joy and my life. As a past student, I am very grateful for Dominion’s high standards and dedication to creating courses which encouraged me to become confident as a practitioner of herbal medicine and to be able to make my living surrounded by herbs.”

Celina Ainsworth, CHT, MH