Diploma in Herbal Medicine Course FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

About the tutors

Are the tutors professional herbalists?

Yes, all tutors are practising herbalists. Some other organisations use college lecturers, which means you don't get the information from the real 'coal face'.

Course costs?

Does the cost for the course include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?

There are no other costs or fees.

Method of study

Do you send anything to me in the mail?

No, this is an online course.

How do I access the course online?

Once you've enrolled we'll provide you with login details and the name of your tutor. And as soon as you have these details you can log straight into the system and get started on the course.

Course duration

How long does it usually take to complete the course?

Many students complete the course in nine months. But you can do it as quickly or slowly as you want. That's one advantage of distance learning.

Course costs?

Does the cost for the course include everything I need? Or are there any extra fees?

There are no other costs or fees.

Do I need to finish the course within a certain time?

You can take as long as you want. Unlike other organisations, we don't set any time limits.

What does the course cost?

You can find the cost of the course by clicking here.

Will the course give me credits towards a degree or some other study?

No. But it will help you set up and run your own business. And we encourage all students to continue their studies after completing the course.

When can I do the course?

Can I start the course at any time?

Yes.

Where can I study the course?

Is the course all from home, or do I have to go to a test centre?

It's all from home.

Is the course accredited or endorsed?

Our course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that we have undergone an external quality check to ensure that our organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. ABC Awards' endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 Award against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

ABC logo smallABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

Do I need to be accredited or certified to become a Herbalist in India?

No. There is no official certification procedure in India for herbalists. You do not need any government recognised qualification.

But it is important to be able to demonstrate to potential clients that you have undergone formal training and gained a qualification. The certification provided by the Blackford Centre, which has been training people worldwide for over 20 years, will instil confidence in you and your clients.

In spite of being home to the ancient science of Ayurvedas, India has no official herbalist course exam or licensing procedure.

Have you got any other questions about becoming a herbalist?

If you have any more questions about how to be a herbalist, contact us - we'd love to hear from you. Phone us on the numbers below, or email us using the contact form here.