How long does it usually take to complete the course?

Three weeks is a time frame. There are 20 Lectures and 20 Tests. About 15 hours course work in total with extra for (non-compulsory) recommended reading.  

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

You can take as long as you want. We don't set any time limits. 

What does course cost? 

€175. There are no other costs or fees. 

Can I start the course at any time? 

Yes. You can start today. Or tomorrow. Or next week. Whenever you want. 

Is the course all from home, or do I have to go to a school and sit tests? 

It's all done from home. 

I live in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada etc. Is the course suitable for me? 


Yes absolutely. We welcome students from all over the world and to date we have had students from over 28 countries. Our international students have found the course to be relevant and beneficial.

How can I contact my teacher or course manager? 

There are two types of people you can contact - your teacher and your course manager. The manager will help you with any problems. You can post to forums whenever you want. We don't give out the teacher's phone number, because a few people would spend all day talking to their teacher, who would never get any work done. Sometimes students have an urgent question. If so, you can phone the course manager on 083 8190661 at any time during work hours. If you leave a message out of work hours she'll call you back the next day. You can contact the course manager as often as you want, and about anything to do with herbal medicine. 

Is the course accredited or endorsed? 

Our course has been developed and accredited by Dr Dilis Clare. At the end of this course successful students will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by Dr. Clare. 

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

No. We encourage all students to continue their studies after completing the course. 

Is the teacher a practising therapist? 

Yes, Dr Clare is a practising GP and Medical Herbalist. 

Is there a final exam? 

No, there is no final exam. The course is based on continuous assessment. Continuous assessment lets you check all the time that you're on course to succeed. 

What happens if I fail a test? 

You do the work again! 80% of students complete the course without ever failing a test. But you might misunderstand the question, or produce an insufficiently detailed answer. You can take the test again. 

Can I join the course without prior experience? 

Yes. That's no problem. We make no assumptions about people's prior knowledge. But you ought to have a deep interest in the subject. 

Do I get the whole course or just individual modules one at a time? 

You get the whole course. 

Are there any restrictions on me setting up as a herbalist? 

You should always seek qualified advice in the country you live before taking any major step. 

Do you provide support after I complete the course? 

Once you complete the course, we’ll give you support.

Are there any recommended follow up courses I can apply to?

Yes there are. Here are some that are recommended by Dr Clare The Heartwood Foundation Course is made up of 12 online Units offering a broad introduction to the field of Herbal Medicine The Irish College of Traditional and Integrative Medicine

What about Clinical Training?


Dr Clare offers clinical training in her clinic which may be accredited by your college. Attending the clinic offers experience in Herbal Medicine Dispensing and observing clinical practice.
 Dr Clare works as part of a clinical team with Lara Jonasdottir as a herbal medicine colleague. Lara has a BSc in Herbal Medicine and is currently undertaking an Masters in teaching Clinical Medicine.  Dr Clare and her team see lot of significant pathology and clinical medicine at the clinic.
Dr Clare requires a written reference from your college to validate student status and good character.
Clinical Training fees are available on request.
Dr Clare teaches Medical Students and is a clinical teacher with the Heartwood Herbal Medicine Professional Training Course 



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