Community Herbalist Certificate
The Community Herbalist Program is a unique 4-month program that introduces students to the incredible world of plants and their medicinal uses according to various cultures. This program explores the history of plant-based therapies and how to identify and cultivate herbs, use plant-based foods to maintain health, and make and apply herbal remedies to restore health.
Graduates of this program can use knowledge and experience gained to establish a community-based herbal clinic to assist family and friends, work in the health and wellness retail sector, grow and maintain herbal gardens, create herbal preparations or matriculate into the Diploma of Phytotherapy program at PRC.
To facilitate an easy transition into the Diploma of Phytotherapy, 4 courses (Materia Medica, Western Nutrition, Practical Herbal Pharmacy and Natural Emergency Medicine) within the CHP program are directly transferable into the 3-year diploma program.
The Community Herbalist Program is offered twice yearly, with programs beginning in January and September. Classes are scheduled on Thursday and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday days.
Entering students into the Community Herbalist Program at Pacific Rim College must have a high school diploma or satisfactory post-secondary education, be of good moral character and have an interest in herbal medicines. In addition, all non-native English speaking applicants must demonstrate a mastery of written and spoken English. Any foreign applicant may be required to submit an official score report from an English proficiency exam such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Test System).