Becoming an NZAMH Member
Whatever your herbal education path has been, your application to join our herbal community is warmly welcomed. If you have graduated from one of our pre-approved college courses then your membership will be automatically accepted and swiftly processed. If you have trained elsewhere you can still apply, but it may take longer for us to carefully consider your individual case and process your application.
We have several categories of membership, please browse the different membership categories below to find the one that best fits you. If you are unsure of the right membership level for you or you have questions about the membership process, please Contact Us.
Once your application is received, we'll get in touch with you as soon as possible to update you on its progress or request further information.
Our Professional Membership Category includes any Medical Herbalist using their knowledge in their line of work, as well as those in clinical practice.
Becoming a professional member of the NZAMH identifies you as having completed rigorous training in the field of herbal medicine, and that your expertise and high standards are recognisable to you, the public and other healthcare professionals and institutions.
Those who achieve this status may display the title MNZAMH or Registered Herbalist (NZAMH) next to their name, as well as display the NZAMH logo on their website and other materials.
Benefits of Belonging
As a Professional NZAMH Member you receive:
An annual practising certificate once you have completed annual renewal requirements.
Annual subscription to our quarterly journal, Avena, available only to members, which features herbal articles, political issues, committee reports and much more.
Regular free educational webinars on herbal medicine and related topics.
Annual conference and AGM at a discounted rate (compared to that of non-members)
All Professional members and students are invited to join a Yahoo professional discussion group. This enables contact with a large group of other practising herbalists. This is a valuable platform for keeping in touch, professional assistance and mentoring.
Your membership will be supporting ongoing work in the political and educational fields of herbal medicine.
All Professional members will be able to advertise through our website and also receive free brochures on herbal medicine and NZAMH for their practices.
Applying for Professional Membership
To submit a successful application requires you to download and fill out the form on the right of this page. Downloading the word document makes it easy for you to type your responses in, save and then email through, We do not currently have an online form for Professional Member Applications, only the document below. We hope to automate this soon.
Please do your best to submit all the requested documentation, along with a copy of your qualification/s which must be signed and stamped by a Justice of the Peace (JP).
Including all the requested documentation, helps to ensure efficient processing of your application. Applications are approved in approximately 3 month cycles coinciding with committee meetings, so depending where you are in that cycle completed applications can take from 2 weeks – 3 months to approve. Some applications may take longer, especially if the applicant is required to do some Continuing Professional Education hours in which case they may be placed on provisional membership until completion and approval. Annual fees are adjusted accordingly to align with acceptance of your application.
First Aid Certificate
Professional members need to hold a current First Aid certificate.
Please send your current copy with your application.
A ‘non-standard application’ describes the category where an applicant trained somewhere other than the colleges listed on the application form as pre-approved by NZAMH, If you are applying as a non-standard application (i.e. not from a pre-approved college course), you do not need to provide a First Aid Certificate until you receive confirmation that your application has been accepted.
Associate Membership enables you to become part of our national herbal medicine community. Membership entitles you to receive our quality quarterly publication Avena, a journal containing articles of both scientific and anecdotal interest.
Membership also includes access to our inspiring annual conference, exemplifying our practical and ‘grass roots’ approach to herbal medicine and healing.
Becoming an Associate Member and being part of the NZAMH helps to strengthen awareness of herbal medicine in New Zealand, both at the community and political level. Your membership gives strength and vitality to the practice of herbal medicine in New Zealand.
The following Value Intention Statement of the NZAMH was developed in consultation with the membership:
‘Members of the NZAMH value all cultures of Aotearoa and honour our respective traditions.
We promote the wellbeing of people in our communities.
We hold the intention of care, love, and respect in our relationships with people and our environment, the land, waterways and sea from which our plants come.
We aim to uphold the education standards, ethics and competency of our members practicing herbal medicine in Aotearoa, in the context of modern healthcare.
Herbal and Naturopathic Students may apply to join the NZAMH as a student member.
The NZAMH offers students the opportunity to interact with current practising Herbalists as well as gaining an understanding of the profession that is Medical Herbalism.
As well as providing opportunities for interaction and enhanced learning the NZAMH provides guidance and support to New Zealand herbal and naturopathic students by giving frequent college talks, affordable membership fees (including discounted 1st year Professional Membership fees), mentorship for graduates, an annual NZAMH Graduate Award, and discounted Conference rates.
Students also receive an annual subscription to ‘Avena’ the professional journal of the NZAMH (4 journals per year).