The Foraging Course Questions

When does class start? Why is my course showing as INACTIVE?

Class starts on June 1st! Your course will show as INACTIVE in your student dashboard until then. We will send out an email when class opens and is ready for you! Once the course becomes active, you can login and start your course when you are ready.

How is the Botany and Wildcrafting Course different from The Foraging Course? Should I sign up for both?

The Botany & Wildcrafting Course covers plant identification in depth; while The Foraging Course contains botanical descriptions of the plants highlighted in the course, it doesn’t go into detail about plant ecology, biology, classification, or identification.

Both the Botany & Wildcrafting Course and The Foraging Course contain herbal preparations tutorials for building your apothecary. However, The Foraging Course also includes specific recipes for both edible and herbal wild plants. The Botany & Wildcrafting Course does not contain recipes.

What materials do you need for The Foraging Course?

For plant identification, the following materials may be useful: botanical field guides specific to your geographic area and a hand lens/loupe.

Foraging tools that may be useful include: pruners, a trowel, a digging fork, a sharp pocketknife, harvesting baskets or bags, and a record-keeping notebook.

For processing your wild harvest, the following tools may come in handy: glass canning jars, alcohol, food-grade glycerin, apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and oil (olive, sunflower, jojoba, almond, etc.), natural waxed papers, and a scale.

What plants are covered in detail in The Foraging Course?

The course covers the following herbs in detail:

Blackberry
Burdock
Chickweed
Cleavers
Dandelion
Dead nettle
Hairy bittercress
Lambsquarter
Mimosa
Mint
Mugwort
Nettle
Pine
Plantain
Purslane
Red clover
Rose
Self heal
St. John’s wort
Violet
Willow
Yarrow
Yellow dock

Is the course relevant to students outside of the United States?

Yes! We have chosen to cover wild edibles and herbs with a wide geographic area so that our students from around the world can benefit from this course!

Does The Foraging Course cover the ethics of wildharvesting?

Yes, The Foraging Course addresses ethical and sustainability concerns of foraging head on, including best practices for minimal impact of wildharvesting and caring for wild plant stands. It emphasizes use of very abundant plants that are good choices for a truly sustainable harvest.

How long do I have to complete the course? How many hours is the course?

You have 6 months to complete the course once you click the “start” button. The course takes approximately 17 hours to complete.

Are the Forager’s Pocket Guides included as downloads in the course? Can I see what they look like?

The Forager’s Pocket Guides are not included as downloads in the course; however, all of the material in the pocket guides can be found throughout the course. The Forager’s Pocket Guides compile this information into a convenient and portable format. You can check out the guides here: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/foragers-pocket-guides/

Do I have to purchase The Foraging Course to get the Forager’s Pocket Guides?

No. For those who are interested, The Forager’s Pocket Guides are available for purchase in our Goods Shop: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/foragers-pocket-guides/ along with the Foraging Record Book refill pack: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/foraging-record-book-refill-pack/

Online Programs Questions – Current Students

Note: please also see the Student FAQs, accessible from your Student Dashboard.

I forgot my password!

Please reset your password here.

I already purchased the course! Where do I log in?

Locate the “sign in” button in the upper right navigation of your screen. Log in using your student username and password. Once logged in, click on your name (which replaced the sign in button) to access your student dashboard.

I'm logged in, why can’t I access all of the course Units?

Access will be granted to each Unit of the course once the quiz in the previous Unit has been completed. For example, completing the quiz for Unit 1 will grant access to Unit 2, and so on.

Why can't I move on to the next Unit?

Students must receive an 80% on their quizzes to proceed to the next Unit. Note that there is a quiz after each UNIT, not each lesson. Once you receive an 80%, return to your student dashboard and access the next unit from there.

How do I move on to the next Unit?

Students must receive an 80% on their quizzes to proceed to the next Unit. Note that there is a quiz after each UNIT, not each lesson. Once you receive an 80%, return to your student dashboard and access the next unit.

I can't find my student discounts.

To find the student discounts available to you, please check your Student Dashboard. If you are eligible for discounts, you will see a tab called Student Discounts in the left hand side bar. Clicking this tab will bring you to the Student Discount page.

I need more time to finish my course. Can I get an extension?

Because we know that “life happens,” we have calculated the time access for each course to be double the amount of time the average student will need to complete the course. However, if you need more time beyond that please visit our extension page here to learn more about extensions and purchase an extension for your course: https://theherbalacademy.com/product-category/education/course-extensions/

If I'm enrolled in a class but later want to upgrade my course registration to an Herbalist Path Package, will I receive the Path Package discount?

The path package discount is provided as a thank you to those students who register all at once for multiple courses. If you are interested in taking classes found in a Path Package but have already enrolled in a course, you can register for those additional courses individually. Pricing for individual courses are listed on the website and no path discount will be applied to those prices.

Can I transfer from one course to another course, or from a course to a Path Package?

Once enrolled, students may not transfer from one course to another or from a single course registration to a Path Package.

The exception is for students enrolled in the first edition Introductory or Intermediate Herbal Courses who wish to transfer to the new edition of these courses. Transfer into the new edition is permanent and not refundable.

Can I share the course and log in with friends/family?

Practicing studies, recipes and demonstrations with a friend or family member may be fun and educational, however, sharing logins and course materials will result in account cancellation. Please do not share account or login information. Thank you for understanding.

I haven't received any emails from the Herbal Academy since I enrolled.

If you haven’t received an email after signing up for our newsletter or enrolling in our programs, please search your inbox and spam for a message from “Herbal Academy.” If you are using Gmail, make sure your emails aren’t ending up in your “Promotions” tab.

How to move gmail messages from Promotions Tab to Primary Tab

One of the simplest ways to move an email is to left-click and hold on the email and drag it from the promotions tab over to the Primary tab. Releasing the mouse will drop the email into the primary tab. After it is dropped, Gmail will ask if you wish to make the change permanent. Click yes to make sure that all future messages from the same address will appear in the primary tab.

How to move your email from Promotions to Primary tab

Online Programs Questions – Prospective Students

Tell me about your herbalist paths.

Learn more about our path packages here! Please also view our Herbal Journey Guide here.

What course is right for me?

Be sure to check out the detailed course outlines linked below to discover what is covered in each course. If you have prior herbal experience, comparing these outlines against your current level of knowledge is a great way to discover the best course for your needs!

The Introductory Herbal Course is the best place to start for beginners because it starts with the basics of herbal product making and wildcrafting, anatomy, introduces you to many, many plants, covers common discomforts for adults and children, and discusses the overarching holistic approach of herbalism.

If you already have a basic knowledge of herbalism, the Intermediate Herbal Course would be a great option. This course reviews basic concepts in the first unit and then dives in deeper, working through body systems and discussing the herbs; their actions and energetics; their safety and side effects; in-depth coverage of anatomy and physiology; and guidance for herbal formulation. The body systems covered include the alimentary, immune, nervous, cardiovascular, liver, respiratory, and urinary systems, and for each, we discuss anatomy, physiology, balance, imbalance, herbal support, and appropriate material medica. We end with a unit on herbs for children and common childhood complaints, as well as a bit on the legal issues related to herbalism.

If you have already studied the anatomy and physiology of the body systems covered in the Intermediate Course, as well as the herbal therapeutic approach for maintaining wellness and addressing imbalance in those body systems, then you could start with the Advanced Course.

The Advanced Herbal Course is geared towards those with a solid foundation in herbalism who are interested in becoming a clinical herbalist. It provides the knowledge and encourages the critical thinking skills needed to turn to the use of plants to support wellness and balance in your clients. The course dives deep into the body systems not previously covered in the Intermediate Herbal course, exploring the anatomy, physiology, common complaints, etiology of imbalances, and herbal therapeutic approaches appropriate for the blood, lymph, and mucous membranes, the endocrine system, and the musculoskeletal system.

Turning from a system-specific approach, the systems covered in the Intermediate Course are again explored in the Advanced Course but not in the same way – instead, through the lens of Female, Male, and Elderly Wellness. The male, female, and elderly wellness units take a thorough look at general wellness approaches and support for common imbalances of gender-specific body systems as well as the unique physical and emotional changes experienced by pubescent youth. Case studies are used to illustrate imbalance experienced by real people and the clinical assessment and herbal protocols used to correct that imbalance.

The Entrepreneur Herbal Course is an advanced level course geared towards those who want to make and sell their own herbal products with lessons on sourcing herbs, Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling requirements, and creating a brand, among many others. It is a breakaway course from the Advanced Course, in that we have included many of the Advanced lessons in the Entrepreneur Course, as well as many additional lessons, videos, and exercises geared toward the herbal entrepreneur/business.

Do you have sample lessons I could review?

We have two sample lessons available on our website in our product pages for the Introductory Herbal Course and the Advanced Herbal Course:

Advanced Herbal Course Sample Lesson

What are the course hours for the Herbal Academy classes?

We estimate that our Advanced Herbal Course will provide approximately 500 hours of training, the Intermediate Herbal Course 175 hours of training, and the Introductory Herbal Course 95 hours of training.

What kind of certificate I will receive and will I be a certified herbalist?

Upon completion of any of our courses, you’ll receive a certificate of completion suitable for framing that states you’ve completed the course under the direction of the Herbal Academy. You will receive a certificate after successfully completing each individual course.

Note that because the field of herbalism is not officially regulated by any specific set of standards or governing body in the U.S., certification is a tricky subject. While one can study in herbalism courses for a certificate of completion, one cannot become a “certified herbalist.” We discuss this topic a bit in this article, which you may find helpful: https://theherbalacademy.com/can-you-really-become-a-certified-herbalist/

The practice of herbalism is protected by the first amendment right to free speech. An herbalist cannot treat, cure, diagnose, prescribe, or see patients, instead, he or she can educate clients about dietary and lifestyle habits and make suggestions for herbs that will help balance the body and support wellness.

Is the Herbal Academy accredited?

We have chosen not to seek accreditation for our courses. You can read more about our choice in this article, which also discusses certification.

How long does it take to complete each course?

You will have 3 months to finish the Herbal Materia Medica Course and the Becoming an Herbalist Course; 6 months to complete the Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course; 1 year to finish the Introductory Herbal Course (it usually takes 4-6 months); 1 year to finish the Botany and Wildcrafting Course; 1 year to finish the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course; 2 years to finish the Intermediate Herbal Course (average is 5-8 months), 2 years to finish the Entrepreneur Herbal Course, 3 years to finish the Advanced Herbal Course.

However, the “clock” on each course you register for does not start until you press the start button for that course, so you can purchase multiple courses as a package and work through them at your own pace.

Do your courses have expiration dates?

Yes. As we provide online programs to students worldwide, it’s important for us to accommodate times of heavy traffic and to ensure that our teachers and staff are able to support and meet the needs of our students through the course forums, phone calls, and emails. This is the main reason why we must set access limits to our programs. It’s also the main reason we can price our programs much more affordably. If required, 6-month extensions are available for $50 for paid, full-length courses and $20 for the Herbal Materia Medica Course.

The Becoming an Herbalist Course expires 3 months after you press the “start” button.

The Herbal Materia Medica Short Course expires 3 months after you press the “start” button.

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course expires 6 months after you press the “start” button.

The Botany and Wildcrafting Course expires 1 year after you press the “start” button.

The Botanical Skin Care Course expires 1 year after you press the “start” button.

The Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course expires 1 year after you press the “start” button.

The Mushroom Course expires 1 year after you press the “start” button.

The Introductory Herbal Course expires 1 year after you press the “start” button.

The Intermediate Herbal Course expires 2 years after you press the “start” button.

The Entrepreneur Herbal Course expires 2 years after you press the “start” button.

The Advanced Herbal Course expires 3 years after you press the start button.

What if I'm unable to finish my course within the time access period? Can I get an extension?

Because we know that “life happens,” we have calculated the time access for each course to be double the amount of time the average student will need to complete the course. However, if you need more time beyond that please visit our extension page here to learn more about extensions and purchase an extension for your course: https://theherbalacademy.com/product-category/education/course-extensions/

What can I do after I graduate from class?

Students who take our courses go on to use the information in their holistic and alternative health careers and for personal and family health care. Many students make their own products or develop herbal products businesses while others participate in herbalism education, writing, and blogging. With additional hands-on clinical experience under the direction of an experienced herbalist, Advanced Herbal Course students can also practice clinical herbalism.

When I finish my course will I be qualified to start a business or see clients?

Completing coursework with the Herbal Academy will put you on the path to your career goals. Those looking to start a business will be well prepared on the in’s and out’s of herbal business development after completing the Entrepreneur Herbal Course.

For students looking toward gaining qualifications to see clients, we very strongly recommend additional hands-on training with an experienced herbalist/mentor after completion of the Advanced Herbal Course in order to gain the hands-on experience needed to work with clients. This could be an apprenticeship where you are observing your mentor’s process in consultation and then ultimately practicing it yourself and then getting feedback from your mentor. We give suggestions for receiving this type of training in one of the lessons in the Advanced Herbal Course.

Can the Herbal Academy help me become a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild?

To apply for the Registered Herbalist designation from the American Herbalists Guild, you will need an advanced background in herbalism. Just as the content within the Advanced Course and Clinical Herbalist Path will help you prepare for the hands-on clinical training that will be necessary prior to opening your own clinic as professional herbalist, these courses will also help you to meet a portion of the study hours required to fulfill the AHG educational requirements – giving you a foundation in materia medica, therapeutics, science, and practice management.

Our courses will provide a portion of the study hours you would need to apply for AHG Registered Herbalist. We typically estimate that it will take 95 hours to complete the Introductory Herbal Course, 175 hours for the Intermediate Course, and 500 hours for the Advanced Course. Completion of these courses will get you well on your way to the number of study hours needed to apply to the AHG.

Depending on how extensive the student’s herbal background is, additional advanced training hours may likely be needed to fulfill the AHG requirement of 1200 study hours. In addition, students need to seek out 400 hours hands-on training under the guidance of an experienced herbalist or mentoring program. Of course, the AHG review process will evaluate a student’s proficiency in herbalism, and is not just based on study hours. You can read more about the AHG requirements here http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/becoming-ahg-professional-member

Criteria and application process can be found here: http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/sites/default/files/criteria_and_instructions_for_ahg_application.pdf

Does the Entrepreneur Herbal Course include regulatory information for other countries other than the U.S.?

The Entrepreneur Herbal Course is geared towards those who want to make and sell their own herbal products and includes lessons on sourcing herbs, Good Manufacturing Practices, labeling requirements, creating a brand, and building a business, among many other topics. We include exercises on creating a business plan, which is a critical step for anyone seeking to envision and build a business, and include interviews with entrepreneurs who have created herbal businesses. The U.S.-specific lessons in the Entrepreneur Course are the labeling and Good Manufacturing Practices lessons, which are based on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulatory requirements. That being said, the information in these particular lessons could be helpful to anyone who is interested in manufacturing a quality product and labeling it appropriately.

Is it too late to register for class?

We almost always keep our programs open for enrollment! Our herbal courses are designed for students to work through the lessons at their own pace and in their own environment. Sign up anytime! *The only time we close enrollment is if we experience too many student registrations at one time or if we need to make adjustments to our website!

Why do the courses have cost variations and price ranges?

The price variations reflect our payment plans. For example, if you register for the online Introductory Herbal Course, you can pay $297 all at once, or in 6 consecutive monthly payments of $49.50. Or if our print version is in stock, you can register for the online and print version for $496.00. So you will see a range $49.50 – $$496.00 on the product page. Please see next question to learn more about payment plans and how to choose them.

Tell me about your payment plans.

Students can choose to pay for a course all at once or in installments. For example, if you register for the the Introductory Course, you can pay $297 all at once, or in 6 consecutive monthly payments of $49.50. Please see each product page for specifics. These payment plans are only available as advertised and cannot be adjusted beyond the number of months advertised.

The timing of the payment installments are based on your first payment upon registration. Example: If you enroll on September 24 in the Introductory Course with a six-month installment plan, you pay your first installment on September 24, your second installment will be automatically withdrawn on October 24, and your third installment will be withdrawn on November 24, and so on.

To choose to pay in installments, go to the course you’d like to register for and click on the drop down menu to choose how you would like to pay:

 

Does the Herbal Academy offer scholarships or financial aid?

We do not offer scholarships or accept financial aid at this time as we have priced our courses to be as low as possible. Our most cost-effective option is to enroll in one of the package options, which bundles together several courses at a discount. We do run sales several times a year – the best way to keep informed about sales is by signing up for our newsletter.

Are herbs, books, and supplies required and/or included in the course?

No supplies are included in registration fees and no herbs or books will be mailed to you. Since one of the most important aspects of learning herbalism is working directly with herbs, we encourage students to acquire small amounts of herbs to work with in recipes that are included throughout the courses. We also encourage students to acquire a few good herbal reference books. When you register, you will be sent a welcome email with a list of suggested herbs and books.

We understand the need to keep costs low; fortunately, you can find books for free at the library or for relatively cheap in used bookstores. You can also find affordable ways to create projects with items you might already have in your house: olive oil, kitchen herbs and spices, jars, etc. Natural food stores usually include a bulk herb section in which you can measure out small amounts of herbs for a few dollars a bag. For those students who need to order herbs, we offer 10% off discounts in conjunction with Mountain Rose Herbs and 25% off with Bulk Herb Store. Registered students can find these discounts in their Student Dashboard.

What supplies do I need for the Botanical Skin Care Course?

With so many wonderful tutorials and recipes to create during this course, we have pulled together a recommended supply list to help you prepare for your studies. This list will be emailed to you once your registration is confirmed.

You can also find the list by clicking the following button:

Download the Botanical Skin Care Course Supply list as a PDF

Don’t let this list intimidate you! You do not need to purchase all of these items! This is simply a full list of all ingredients to help you reference as you plan out which recipes you choose to prepare. Some ingredients are optional or interchangeable and many ingredients are used across a host of recipes so there are plenty of items you could purchase to prepare several different recipes. The recipes you choose to make and the ingredients you choose to include is, of course, entirely up to you!

What materials do you need for the Making Herbal Preparations 101 Mini Course?

It isn’t required to purchase herbs or supplies for this class but for those of you who would like to dive right into recipe creation here is a list of the herbs we are going to be mainly focusing on in this program along with other helpful supplies you may wish to gather. If you wish, you can begin to gather herbs from this list that interest you or you can wait until class begins and you have the opportunity to review the recipes provided.

When it comes to purchasing herbs from online or local suppliers, a good guideline to follow is to purchase hard herbs (e.g., berries, bark, seeds) and powdered herbs in smaller amounts (1-2 ounces) and to purchase soft herbs (e.g., aerial parts (leaf and flower)) in larger amounts (4 ounces). Some herbs (e.g., lamb’s quarters, a common “weed”) are difficult to find from bulk suppliers and will require wild-harvesting.

The following nutritive herbs are discussed and used throughout the course. Since nutritive herbs are safe for most individuals and are used in larger amounts, we recommend students purchasing 4 ounces of dried herb(s) (1-2 cups if using fresh herb(s)) of their choosing from this list.

  • burdock (Arctium lappa) root
  • chickweed (Stellaria media) aboveground parts
  • dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaf
  • hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) berry, aerial parts
  • lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album) leaf
  • nettle (Urtica dioica) leaf
  • oat (Avena sativa) milky seed and straw
  • raspberry (Rubus idaeus) leaf
  • red clover (Trifolium pratense) aerial parts
  • violet (Viola spp.) aerial parts

For a complete supply list please download and review the following PDF:

Download the Making Herbal Preparations 101 Course Supply List as a PDF

Visit the following post from the Academy blog will give you some great guidance on setting up your own set of herbal supplies should you wish to do so!

Find the post here: https://theherbalacademy.com/supplies-for-herbalists/

I don't live in the U.S. Can I still take your classes?

Anyone with an Internet connection can sign up for our classes! If you are wondering whether our courses meet specific standards for your country, you would need to check with your local regulations. Please note that all fees and costs listed on our website are in USD. Prospective international students should contact their bank to determine exchange rates.

International student exchange rate information.

Because the Herbal Academy is located in the United States, all fees and costs listed on our website are in USD. Please note that due to the exchange rate, the amount reflected on an international student’s bank statement will be different than the USD amounts shown on our website. We are unable to predict the exchange rate for each prospective international student. International students should contact their bank to determine current exchange rates.

Is The Herbarium membership included in my course registration?

No, The Herbarium membership is not included in course registrations and no discounts apply. The Herbarium and our online courses are two separate websites with two separate log-ins.

Do you accept continuing education credits (CEUs)?


Whether a specific board or agency would accept our courses for CEUs depends on that particular agency’s requirements and we recommend you contact them directly. If your agency or board would accept our classes, we can provide documentation for our programs or help fill out necessary paperwork should you choose to apply your program as a CEU.

Do you accept or provide financial aid or scholarships?


We do not offer scholarships or financial aid. We do not accept financial aid either.
We want to help you to enjoy herbalism! Our blog is completely free to enjoy! We have many talented and amazing herbalists who contribute to the blog and you can find new content on the blog multiple times per week. There is a significant number of previously published blog posts that you can enjoy as well. Check out the blog here: https://theherbalacademy.com/blog/.
We publish a newsletter that goes out frequently to our subscribers. Occasionally we offer specials on our herbal courses and subscribing this newsletter will enable you to receive notice on any special on our courses. You can sign up for the newsletter here: https://theherbalacademy.com/sign-up/.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Herbal Academy’s cancellation policy assumes that expenses and arrangements have been made by the Herbal Academy on behalf of the student during the enrollment process.

Can I get a refund? What is the refund policy for online programs?

Please see our full refund policy here: https://theherbalacademy.com/disclosure/

Students enrolled in all first edition courses may be refunded 80% of course registration price within the first 7 days of the registration date. There are no refunds after 7 days of course registration, including for those students on payment plans.

Non-transferred students enrolled in the second edition Introductory and Intermediate Herbal Courses, may be refunded 80% of course registration price within the first 7 days of the registration date, unless the monograph or recipe PDF documents are downloaded. There are no refunds if these documents are downloaded. Students will be asked to confirm this action before downloading these PDF documents. There are no refunds after 7 days of course registration.

No refunds or cancellation of payment plans will occur for students who have accessed 50% or more of any course within the first 7 days of enrollment.

For students registering for online courses that have official launch dates, cancellation up to 7 days after the launch date will be refunded at 80% of the registration price (see exceptions above). After 7 days, there will be no refunds available.

No refunds will be granted for transfer administrative fees or for any tuition paid on first edition courses that are past 7 days of registration.

All payment plans will remain active unless cancellation occurs within the first 7 days. For those students paying in installments, refunds are calculated based on the entire course cost, not the first installment. When calculating refunds for accounts paid in installments, HA will keep 20% of the cost of the course. In some cases where the initial payment for a payment plan is less than 20% of the total course registration price (enrolled with the 6 month payment plan option), a refund will not be issued upon cancellation of your course or path package.

Students enrolled with a payment plan are responsible for paying for the course in full. Payments for payment plans are withdrawn automatically each month and there is no option to stop payment once the student has enrolled with a payment plan unless enrollment is canceled within the first 7 days after enrolling. Should there be a declined or failed payment, students must manually confirm the payment through their student account. The Herbal Academy will perform multiple automated attempts to collect the payment of a failed or overdue installment to fulfill this agreement until accounts with failed payments are paid in full. If a failed or declined payment is not paid within 3 months, the Herbal Academy reserves the right to cancel the student’s enrollment entirely and remove student access to their course, including any and all course progress and quiz records to date. In this case, students will not be refunded previous payments made towards the course. To continue with the course, students shall be required to re-enroll in the course without payment credit for past payments.

What is the cancellation policy for The Herbarium memberships?

The Herbarium is your virtual and vibrant collection of herbal resources. The website will grow with new articles, podcasts, videos, media tools and of course monographs. It’s kind of like a virtual magazine! Your subscription covers an entire year of material, dished out each and every month. While there are no refunds after joining, you can cancel your subscription anytime, which will deactivate your annual renewal. In The Herbarium website, go under “my account” and choose the cancel option. Because you paid for an annual subscription, your access will be good for the rest of the year. We’re sad to see you go.

What is the failed or declined payment policy? What if I don't pay all of my installments?

Students enrolled with a payment plan are responsible for paying for the course in full. Payments for payment plans are withdrawn automatically each month and there is no option to stop payment once the student has enrolled with a payment plan unless enrollment is canceled within the first 7 days after enrolling.

Should there be a declined or failed payment, students must manually confirm the payment through their student account. The Herbal Academy will perform multiple automated attempts to collect the payment of a failed or overdue installment to fulfill this agreement until accounts with failed payments are paid in full. If a failed or declined payment is not paid within 3 months, the Herbal Academy reserves the right to cancel the student’s enrollment entirely and remove student access to their course, including any and all course progress and quiz records to date. In this case, students will not be refunded previous payments made towards the course. To continue with the course, students shall be required to re-enroll in the course without payment credit for past payments.

What is your shipping, return and exchange policy for Goods Shop orders?

Shipping: All Goods merchandise orders (unless otherwise noted on individual product pages) will be shipped within 10 business days of being placed.

Before you check out, you will be able to review your total cart costs including shipping fees.

Backorders: If a product runs out of inventory, that item will be placed on backorder. If your order contains multiple items, some on backorder and some not on backorder, the part of your order that is in stock will be shipped immediately. When the backordered item is restocked, we will ship you the remainder of your order without charging additional shipping fees for that item.

Exchanges: Products may be exchanged if they are unopened. You are responsible for the shipping and packaging fees to return your order. You will not be charged an additional shipping fee to be sent an exchanged item.

Returns for Unopened Merchandise: Unopened merchandise in its original, intact packaging may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund less original shipping fees. You are responsible for the shipping and packaging fees to return your order. Please email us via our contact us form to let us know about your return. Include the original packing slip or provide some other indication of who you are in the return package.

Returns for Opened Merchandise: Opened merchandise may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a refund less original shipping and a re-stocking fee of $5. Refunds will not be issued for used or damaged merchandise. You are responsible for the shipping and packaging fees to return your order. Please email us via our contact us form to let us know about your return. Include the original packing slip or provide some other indication of who you are in the return package.

Send returns to:

Herbal Academy
24 South Road
Bedford, MA 01730

Online Course Registration and Payment Questions

I am having a hard time signing up for a course, can you please help?

Absolutely! To sign up please follow all of these steps:

  1. Please go here https://theherbalacademy.com/courses-classes/
  2. Choose the course you would like to sign -up for and click to visit that particular course page.
  3. Next, scroll down just a tad and choose an option from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on “sign up now.”
  5. You will be taken to a registration page to enter in your contact info. Enter in your details.
  6. Scroll all the way to the bottom of that page, and make sure you have read and then checked off on the “Terms and Conditions.
  7. Click on Place Order.

Why do the courses have cost variances?

The price variations reflect our payment plans. For example, if you register for the online Introductory Herbal Course, you can pay $297 all at once, or in 6 consecutive monthly payments of $49.50. Or if our print version is in stock, you can register for the online and print version for $496.00. So you will see a range $49.50 – $$496.00 on the product page.

Tell me about your payment plans.

Students can choose to pay for a course all at once or in installments. For example, if you register for the the Introductory Course, you can pay $297 all at once, or in 6 consecutive monthly payments of $49.50. Please see each product page for specifics. These payment plans are only available as advertised and cannot be adjusted.

Do you offer extended payment plans offered for courses? Can I pay for my course registration in different options than available on the course page?

Available course payment plans are listed on each individual course page. We do not offer different payment plan options than those listed.

Does the Herbal Academy offer scholarships or financial aid?

We do not offer scholarships or accept financial aid at this time as we have priced our courses to be as low as possible. Our most cost-effective option is to enroll in one of the path or package options, which bundles together several courses at a discount. We do run sales several times a year – the best way to keep informed about sales is by signing up for our newsletter.

Are herbs, books, and supplies required and/or included in the course registration?

No supplies are included in registration fees and no herbs or books will be mailed to you. Since one of the most important aspects of learning herbalism is working directly with herbs, we encourage students to acquire small amounts of herbs to work with in recipes that are included throughout the courses. We also encourage students to acquire a few good herbal reference books. When you register, you will be sent a welcome email with a list of suggested herbs and books.

We understand the need to keep costs low; fortunately, you can find books for free at the library or for relatively cheap in used bookstores. You can also find affordable ways to create projects with items you might already have in your house: olive oil, kitchen herbs and spices, jars, etc. Natural food stores usually include a bulk herb section in which you can measure out small amounts of herbs for a few dollars a bag. For those students who need to order herbs, we offer a 10% off discount in conjunction with Mountain Rose Herbs and 25% off with Bulk Herb Store. Registered students can find these discounts in their Student Dashboard.

Do you offer gift certificates?

We offer a gift certificate for courses here: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/gift-certificate/

And a gift certificate for the Goods Shop here: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/goods-shop-gift-card/

These are two separate gift cards: one for products and one for classes; there is no option that covers both.

International student exchange rate information.

Because the Herbal Academy is located in the United States, all fees and costs listed on our website are in USD. Please note that due to the exchange rate, the amount reflected on an international student’s bank statement will be different than the USD amounts shown on our website. We are unable to predict the exchange rate for each prospective international student. International students should contact their bank to determine current exchange rates.

How do I update my credit card for my course payments?

  • Login to your Student Dashboard and access the Billing Page, or login on this page: theherbalacademy.com/my-account
  • Locate the section, “My Payment Methods” and click “Add New Payment Method.”
  • Fill out the required fields and click “Add Payment Method.”

How do I pay my failed payment?

  1. Login to your Student Dashboard and access the Billing Page or login here: https://theherbalacademy.com/my-account/
  2. Once logged in, you’ll see there is a Failed transaction with the option to “PAY”
  3. Please click on the PAY button, and complete the steps required to make the payment

As soon as you confirm this transaction, you will gain immediate access back into class.

Can I transfer from one course to another course, or from a course to a Path Package?

Once enrolled, students may not transfer from one course to another or from a single course registration to a Path Package.

The exception is for students enrolled in the first edition Introductory or Intermediate Herbal Courses who wish to transfer to the new edition of these courses. Transfer into the new edition is permanent and not refundable.

Can you change my payment date for my payment plan?

Payment dates cannot be changed in our system once they are created.

If a future payment does not clear, you can make payment when you are ready by following the instructions provided below:

  1. Log in here: https://theherbalacademy.com/my-account/
  2. Once logged in, scroll down and you’ll see there is a failed transaction with the option to “PAY”
  3. Please click on the PAY button, and complete the steps required to make the payment

As soon as you confirm this payment, you will gain immediate access to your course.

Goods Shop Questions

Do you offer gift certificates for the Goods Shop?

We offer a gift certificate for the Goods Shop here: https://theherbalacademy.com/product/goods-shop-gift-card/

(If you would also like a gift certificate for courses, please go here.)

What is the Goods Shop?

In our new Goods Shop you’ll find an amazing collection of exclusive Herbal Academy merchandise and botanically inspired items. These items have been uniquely designed for our Herbal Academy community first and foremost. All of our apparel is made from organic cotton sourced to support organic growers and conscientious distributors.

We have crafted product relationships with trustworthy brands that are committed to making this Earth a better place. By working with companies that give back, our Goods Shop and your orders support nonprofit organizations including Earthjustice, American Forests, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, City Growers, Inc., 350.org, Daily Acts, Grub, Sonoma Ecology Center, The Organic Center, Oceana, and dozens more. As a school, we will continue to support United Plant Savers and American Botanical Council with our Goods Shop profits. Thank you for joining us in this movement by contributing to these amazing and passionate eco-friendly organizations with your purchase.

We paid special attention to packaging as we wanted to minimize waste and reduce our carbon footprint, but we needed to protect your purchase and deliver a clean, well cared for package. Each delivery is handled carefully and wrapped beautifully by our Academy team. Please reuse your paper packaging products in creative ways so that together we help support recycling efforts and lessen our impact on an already strained environment. Care for your purchase and extend the life of your garment by washing in cold water with detergents made from natural ingredients.

Please refer to our refund and exchange policy below.

Most importantly, we hope you enjoy your purchase! We are delighted to answer the call for school garb and celebrate our time together learning and supporting one another.

What is your shipping, return and exchange policy for Goods Shop orders?

Shipping: All Goods merchandise orders (unless otherwise noted on individual product pages) will be shipped within 10 business days of being placed. Orders will be delivered using UPS and/or USPS.

Before you check out, you will be able to review your total cart costs including shipping fees.

Backorders: If a product runs out of inventory, that item will be placed on backorder. If your order contains multiple items, some on backorder and some not on backorder, the part of your order that is in stock will be shipped immediately. When the backordered item is restocked, we will ship you the remainder of your order without charging additional shipping fees for that item.

Exchanges: Products may be exchanged if they are unopened. You are responsible for the shipping and packaging fees to return your order. You will not be charged an additional shipping fee to be sent an exchanged item.

Returns for Unopened Merchandise: Unopened merchandise in its original, intact packaging may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund less original shipping fees. You are responsible for the shipping and packaging fees to return your order. Please email us via our contact us form to let us know about your return. Include the original packing slip or provide some other indication of who you are in the return package.

Returns for Opened Merchandise: Opened merchandise may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a refund less original shipping and a re-stocking fee of $5. Refunds will not be issued for used or damaged merchandise. You are responsible for the shipping and packaging fees to return your order. Please email us via our contact us form to let us know about your return. Include the original packing slip or provide some other indication of who you are in the return package.

Send returns to:

Herbal Academy
24 South Road
Bedford, MA 01730

What are your Goods Shop rates for international customers outside the United States?

Because the Herbal Academy is located in the United States, all fees and costs listed on our website are in USD. Please note that due to the exchange rate, the amount reflected on an international customer’s bank statement will be different than the USD amounts shown on our website. We are unable to predict the exchange rate for each prospective international customer. International customers should contact their bank to determine current exchange rates.

To determine your shipping rate in USD, please enter your details at checkout. You will be able to see the updated shipping rate prior to checkout. Again, please keep in mind that this price is in USD and you should check with your bank for an accurate estimate on the actual shipping price you will be charged.

Herbarium Questions

Is The Herbarium membership included in my course registration?

No, The Herbarium membership is not included in course registrations and no discounts apply. The Herbarium and our online courses are two separate websites with two separate log-ins.

I forgot my password or am having a hard time logging into my Herbarium account.

Please reset your password here. If you remember your password but are nevertheless having trouble logging in, please try resetting your password and then logging in.

How do I update my credit card for The Herbarium?

Login to The Herbarium website here.

Access your Profile, by clicking the profile link at the bottom left hand corner of your screen.

Or use this link: http://herbarium.herbalacademyofne.com/myaccount/

Under Subscriptions, click “update billing details”

Fill out the required fields and click on “update.”

Introductory and Intermediate Herbal Course Textbook Questions

How can I purchase course textbooks with the student discount?

Enrolled students:
If you are a student enrolled in the expanded version of the Introductory or Intermediate Herbal Course with an account in good standing (paid in full or active payment plan), you can receive a student discount on the textbook set.

To purchase the books with the discount, you will need to first login to your account.
You can login to your account here: https://theherbalacademy.com/my-account/

Once you are logged into your account, please visit the appropriate course textbook page to purchase your books:

Introductory Herbal Course textbook page:
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/introductory-herbal-course-textbooks/
Intermediate Herbal Course textbook page:
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/intermediate-herbal-course-textbooks/

New students:
Welcome! You will need to register for the course to receive the student discount.

To sign up please follow all of these steps:

1. Please go here https://theherbalacademy.com/courses-classes/
2. Choose the course you would like to sign-up for and click to visit that particular course page.
3. Next scroll down just a tad and choose the ONLINE + PRINT VERSIONS AT ONCE option from the drop down.
4. Click on “sign up now.”
5.You will be taken to a registration page to enter in your contact info. Enter in your details.
6. Scroll all the way to the bottom of that page, and make sure you have read and then checked off on the “Terms and Conditions
7. Click on Sign up Now.

We do not offer a payment plan for the course textbooks. If you would like to enroll in your course with a payment plan please purchase your course with the payment plan option and then visit the course textbook page separately to purchase the textbooks.

How much is the student discount for the textbooks?

To get the student discount on course textbooks, the student MUST be enrolled in the expanded version of the course with an account in good standing. 

Student rate is as follows:
Introductory Herbal Course regular textbook price is $297 – $98 (student discount) = $199
Intermediate Herbal Course regular textbook price is $597 –  $248 (student discount) = $349

Can I purchase my textbooks with a payment plan?

No, we do not offer a payment plan for the textbooks. If you would like to enroll in your course with a payment plan, please purchase your course using the payment plan option and then visit the course textbook page separately to purchase the textbooks. 

To purchase the books with the discount, you will need to first login to your account.
You can login to your account here: https://theherbalacademy.com/my-account/

Once you are logged into your account, please visit the appropriate course textbook page to purchase your books:
Introductory Course textbook page:
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/introductory-herbal-course-textbooks/

Intermediate Course textbook page:
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/intermediate-herbal-course-textbooks/

Do you offer books for the Entrepreneur and Advanced Herbal Courses?

No, we do not have textbooks for these courses. We have textbooks for the Introductory and Intermediate Herbal Courses only.

What if I want to enroll in a Path Package and purchase the textbooks?

You can absolutely do this! Please enroll in your chosen Path Package and then visit the appropriate course textbook pages separately to purchase the books with the student discount. 

Be sure you are logged into your student account before purchasing the textbooks to ensure that you will receive your student discount.
You can login to your account here: https://theherbalacademy.com/my-account/

Once you are logged into your account, please visit the course textbook page to purchase your books:
Introductory Course textbook page:
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/introductory-herbal-course-textbooks/
Intermediate Course textbook page:
https://theherbalacademy.com/product/intermediate-herbal-course-textbooks/

2019 Introductory and Intermediate Herbal Course New Editions Questions

I’m an enrolled student. How do the 2019 new programs affect me?

The great news is you can decide to stay just where you are or join us in these new offerings.

Option 1. Stay where you are.

The Introductory Herbal Course and Intermediate Herbal Course have been transformed with a new course flow, which makes it impossible to migrate these changes into our current course structure. There is just TOO much added to the classes for this option to work for our current students. If you would like to stick it out in the wonderful course you are already enrolled in, no worries! You don’t have to do a thing! Just continue to enjoy your studies as if nothing changed.

Option 2. Join us in the fresh programs!

We open the doors to you in these fresh programs, available to begin on or after February 20, 2019! Whether you have completely finished your course(s), worked your way through part of it, or haven’t started yet, you have the option to sign up for this transfer option to enjoy the expanded course(s) from the very beginning. Transferring is permanent and cannot be undone. Upon transferring, you will immediately lose access to your old program.

Transfer to the new Introductory Herbal Course here.

Transfer to the new Intermediate Herbal Course here.

When I transfer, is my access to my old course removed right away?

Yes, access to previous course is immediately removed. This cannot be reversed. The new course will be available on February 20, 2019.

Is the $50 transfer fee per course transfer? If I want to transfer, do I pay a fee for each course?

Yes, the $50 fee is per course (Introductory and Intermediate) for students currently enrolled in the courses who would like to transfer. If you transfer into the Introductory Herbal Course new edition, the fee is $50. And if you transfer into the Intermediate Herbal Course new edition, that is also $50. In other words, to transfer into one course is $50; to transfer into both is $100. You can decide to transfer into one or both (or neither).

When I transfer, will I lose progress on my previous course?

Yes, access to previous course is immediately removed. All transfer students must begin their programs again from the beginning and retake the quizzes. However, all previously earned certificates will remain in your dashboard.

If I transfer to the new course and decide I want my old one back, can I cancel the transfer?

No. All transfers are permanent and cannot be reversed.

I already earned a certificate in the Introductory and/or Intermediate Herbal Course(s) and my course has expired. Can I access the new editions?

Yes! If your account is in good standing and is paid-in-full, you are invited to enroll yourself as a transfer student into the new editions. While your previously earned certificates will remain in your dashboard, your prior course will be removed permanently. This cannot be undone.

If I choose to transfer, will I have to restart my course?

Students who choose to transfer will need to start their studies over from the beginning. Course access time will reset with the transfer so you can start your studies in your new course when you are ready! Once you start your new class, you’ll have access to a full year’s access for the Introductory Herbal Course and 2 years access for the Intermediate Herbal Course.

All previously earned certificates will remain in your student dashboard.

Do I have to transfer to a new course?

Students currently enrolled in the Introductory and/or Intermediate Courses have the option to transfer to the new editions of these courses. Transfers are not available for other courses.

If I'm currently enrolled in both classes want to transfer into just one of the new course editions, do I need to transfer into both or can I choose which one to transfer to?

You can choose which course you’d like to transfer into.

What’s different about the new editions?

Between the two new editions of the Introductory and Intermediate Herbal Courses, we have added:

  • 36 videos between the courses
  • New and expanded monographs––over 225 between the courses
  • Many new, revised, and/or expanded lessons
  • New compiled Materia Medica Reference charts
  • New and revised course graphics
  • Fresh inspiring photography
  • New hands-on experiential exercises
  • Additional recipes
  • Redesigned course booklets
  • Revised quizzes
  • New transcript download options for all videos
  • The most current and accurate research
  • Re-structured course presentation
  • Lower monthly payment plan options

How does the transfer work?

  1. With an update to course pricing in place, our transfer fee is currently being offered at a flat rate of $50—far less than the difference between our original course and new course tuition rates (up to 75% off). With all the updates to class, this is a very fair arrangement for our students to get full access to the new programs AND an extension on course access while still covering our costs.
  2. Your transfer purchase cannot be undone and cannot be refunded. Absolutely no exceptions.
  3. With your purchase of the transfer, your course featured in your Student Dashboard will be replaced by the updated program. You will not have access to your old program and quizzes after you make your transfer.
  4. The new courses will be ready for you to begin on or after February 20th.
  5. Keep in mind, some of the course structure has changed, so you will begin your studies from the very beginning of class. Bonus: your expiration date is reset! Just click “Start Course” when you would like to begin!
  6. If you graduated from your class already, your certificate will stay in place. You will get an opportunity to earn a second certificate with your completion.

Why are you charging an administrative fee to transfer?

The new editions of these courses are valued much higher than the original courses you originally enrolled in, with numerous updates, additions, and revisions throughout.

Running an online school with thousands of daily students is complex, and, among many moving parts includes back-end technical features that are highly customized. This customization allows us to offer our students the best possible experience, in terms of aesthetics, function, and ease of use. With this customization comes large expenses, including customization that will allow you to easily transfer to the new editions.

We are pleased to offer students the $50 transfer option, a small fee relative to the enormous costs involved in this project. In our view, this is a good deal for students. These new editions are worth much more than $50––AND, the transfer allows the student to reset their access to these courses, even those who have already earned their certificates, thereby providing them with a free extension on their course.

If your question does not appear above, you may contact us.

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