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 number of subjects are covered in-depth and include: herbal materia medica (healing materials), philosophy, principles and practice, safety, quality issues, and the medical sciences: anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical skills, pathophysiology, phyto-pharmacy and herb-drug interactions.

Our members are also required to complete 30 hours (or points) annually of approved professional education, including herbal medicine, as well as hold 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 consider the listed colleges. These colleges offer the highest quality herbal medicine and naturopathic training in New Zealand. Some are also accepted by professional associations overseas. They all differ slightly in their style of delivery and subject matter, so investigate each thoroughly to discover which college best suits your requirements.

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 ( Anah van Dorp) secretary@nzamh.org.nz or the NZAMH Administrator (Hester Cronje) admin@nzamh.org.nz or via the Contact Us form for assistance.
  • South Pacific College of Natural Medicine
  • 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.

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