A medical herbalist studies for at least three years full-time to reach the standard required to register as a professional with the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH). A large in-depth number of subjects are covered and include: herbal materia medica, philosophy, principles and practice, safety, quality issues, and the medical sciences: anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical skills, pathophysiology, phyto-pharmacy and herb-drug interactions.

Professional members are also required to complete 30 hours or points annually of approved continuing professional education including herbal medicine as well as holding a current first aid certificate.

NZAMH also accepts naturopaths appropriately trained in herbal medicine. If you are considering studying for a natural medicine qualification we suggest you first of all consider the colleges listed here. These colleges offer the highest quality herbal medicine and naturopathic training in New Zealand. Some of them are also accepted by professional associations overseas. They all differ slightly in their style of delivery and subject matter, so investigate thoroughly to discover which college best suits your requirements.

Links to Colleges offering NZAMH approved courses are on the right:

Other Recognised Herbal Colleges

The following colleges have been approved in the past or are awaiting approval for NZAMH Professional Membership recognition. If you trained at one of these colleges you are welcome to apply for professional membership. Please contact the Membership Secretary or Administrator (Val McArthur) via the ‘contact us’ form for assistance.

  • Canterbury College of Natural Medicine (CCNM – Christchurch)
  • Waikato Centre for Herbal Studies (WCHS) and Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine (WCHM) (Waikato)
  • International College of Herbal Medicine (ICOHM) – 3 Year Diploma in Clinical Herbal Medicine
Overseas Applicants

We welcome applications from suitably qualified Medical herbalists or naturopaths who have trained overseas. Each application is assessed on a case by case basis.

Please contact us to discuss your situation further.

South Pacific College of Natural Medicine
Wellpark College of Natural Therapies