Herbalist Certification in New Mexico - NM
According to the Alternative Wellness Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico state credentialing of herbalists and herbal medicine practitioners is expected to begin soon, but herbalist certification in New Mexico has not been mandated as of yet. However, for those pursuing herbal studies in New Mexico, getting certification beyond an herbal medicine degree is desirable. This certification offered by the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), focuses on competencies for herbalists and makes sure that they meet certain standards of the profession. The AHG is the largest and most recognized professional organization of herbalists.
To become a certified traditional herbalist in New Mexico through the AHG, one must have from 250 to 500 hours of supervised clinical apprenticeship working with patients in the field. One must also pass proficiency and competency examinations that will test his or her knowledge of herbal remedies, anatomy, physiology, diagnosis, pharmacology, therapeutics, and Materia Medica. After passing the exam and earning AHG certification, a registered herbalist may use the credentials RH, AHG (Registered Herbalist, American Herbalists Guild) to designate his or her status. Certification will help an herbalist to begin a career in New Mexico, whether the herbalist chooses to become self-employed or to join with a group of herbal and alternative practitioners.