The application deadline for each of our training programs is July 1st each year. We close admissions after that date and begin the interview and selection process.
Our beginner’s course, the Herbal Roots Apprenticeship, is appropriate for anyone interested in getting their hands dirty in the company of other herb enthusiasts. There are no prerequisites for this program.
Admission to our intermediate and advanced training programs (Family Herbalist & Clinical Herbalist) requires applicants to be prepared for and committed to the personal and academic journey that intensive study in healing work entails. Applicants should possess strong study habits, solid reading and writing skills, and capacity for critical thinking. Equally important is each applicants’ willingness to engage in self-reflection, personal development, and effective communication as part of a learning community.
In reviewing each applicant, considerations include, but are not limited to: intellectual curiosity, motivation, tenacity, concern for and service to others, leadership, responsibility, creativity, emotional resilience and insight.
In addition to the above qualitative characteristics and skills, admission requires clear documentation of prior formal or self-directed study and/or experience equivalent to our Herbal Roots Apprenticeship. This should include:
- hands-on learning, including dedicated time spent tending and harvesting medicinal plants, making a variety of remedies, deepening personal relationship with nature
- basic understanding of the function and care of human body systems for health maintenance and first aid
- understanding of herbal actions, basic energetics, and ecological principles
Experience or training in related fields (e.g. botany, environmental conservation, gardening/farming, healing arts, health care) will all be considered favorably, however will not replace the prerequisite herbal studies and experience.
Please submit documentation of prior study and experience with your application, if applicable. Faculty review of this information, in concert with the interview, assures proper placement for each student into the appropriate program.
We notify applicants to the Family and Clinical Herbalist programs of their status on or around August 1st. Herbal Roots Apprenticeship applicants will be notified on or about August 15th.
In the spirit of Nature’s diversity, all individuals, regardless of race, color, religious or spiritual belief, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identification, or relationship to any individual member of VCIH are eligible for admission to our programs and for services in our clinic.
Please fill out the Application for Admission appropriate to the program you are interested in. These can be found in the left-hand sidebar of this page. Include a deposit of $250.00 to secure your place. The deposit is non-refundable upon your acceptance into the program and will be applied to your tuition. In the event that you are not accepted, your deposit will be refunded to you in full. Soon after the application deadline, we will contact you to schedule a formal admissions interview. We strongly recommend that students visit VCIH in person, but the interview can also be conducted via phone if necessary.
Tuition & Payment
Herbal Roots Apprenticeship: $2500
Family Herbalist: $3750*
Clinical Herbalist: Year 1: $3750*; Year 2: $6600; Year 3: $5550*
*Please note the increase in tuition. This reflects an expansion of hours in the curriculum and cost of living increase.
The above rates are current for the 2016 January-December year. Your tuition for all three years of the Clinical program is “locked in” at the above prices once you receive admission to VCIH.
Tuition is due by the first day of classes for each year. Monthly payment plans are also available. VSAC grants are available for Vermont residents and will cover much of the tuition cost for each year. Please contact us for more information about either of these options.
Books and materials are not included in the cost of tuition. Costs for the Herbal Roots Apprenticeship are approximately $100; costs for the Family Herbalist and Clinical Herbalist programs are roughly $300.00 per year (not including expenses for field experience in the Clinical program).
Deposits are non-refundable at any time (unless a student is not accepted into a program). In the event that a student withdraws prior to the beginning of class, any payments in addition to the deposit will be returned in full. Once classes have begun, students who withdraw from the program within 15 days of the start date will receive a full refund, less a $250.00 withdrawal fee. Students who withdraw from the program after the first 15 days will not receive a tuition refund and any unpaid tuition will remain due.
Course Changes and Cancellations
VCIH reserves the right to make changes to our curriculum as deemed necessary, without compromising our stated mission. In the unlikely event VCIH needs to cancel a program, students will receive notice one month in advance and will be issued a full refund for payments made.
VCIH does not provide housing for our students. The Montpelier area offers many rental opportunities for those relocating here. If you need rental information, please let us know and we will send you a list of local real estate sources. We do recommend strongly that students live within reasonable commuting distance so that they can participate not only in scheduled class time, but also in clinical observation and practice opportunities occurring in the Clinical Program.
Public transportation is available to Barre, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and the Central Vermont Hospital. VCIH will help arrange car pools to and from field work and offsite clinic sessions and programs.
The offices and classroom for VCIH are located at 252 Main St. in Montpelier, VT. Both floors of our building are wheelchair accessible. Additionally, many classes are held in the forests and gardens of Central Vermont. If accessibility is a concern, please contact us so we can discuss possible accommodations.