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Professional Registered Herbal Therapist (RHT) Membership

This category is intended for active full or part-time herbal therapists whose training & practice include western herbalism.

Members have voting rights, and may run for board positions (Board of Directors is composed of 70-100% RHT members, and up to 30% HA members).

Requirements:

  • Active as a full or part-time herbal therapist.
  • At least 2000hr of training (e.g., formal education, apprenticeship, self-training, etc.).
  • At least 500 hours of clinical experience (e.g., clinical practicum, mentorship, apprenticeship, private practice experience is taking into account).
  • Peer-review interview: the applicant must appear in person for an interview with a Peer-review Panel set up by the Association to evaluate requirements and competence as a herbal therapist. In the case of self-training, or if the Association deems necessary, the applicant may be required to take a written exam.

The Association normally holds 3 peer-reviews during the year (which usually takes place on a Saturday or Sunday):

    1. Fall-winter peer-review (Sept. — Nov.)
    2. Winter-spring peer-review (Jan. — March)
    3. June peer-review — usually, 1-2 days before, or the day of the AGM.

Attention:

    • The fall-winter and winter-spring peer-reviews actual date and time are scheduled taking into consideration the availability of the examiners and majority of applicants during that time.
    • The actual date and time of the June peer-review is set up by the board of directors as part of the AGM organization (it often takes place early in the morning or in the evening). For an applicant to take part of the June peer-review, the Association needs to have received the full application at least 4 weeks before the AGM date.
  • RHT application final approval: The Board of Directors makes the final decision on all RHT applications. The Board takes into consideration the recommendations of the peer-review panel and any other examining director that may have participated in the review of an application. If the application is approved, the applicant must attend the following AGM to participate in the RHT Oath taking ceremony.
  • Continuing education: members in this category are required to take at least 20 hours/year (20 CEU) of continuing education.
  • Insurance is recommended.

Benefits:

  • Promoting your services and/or business through the CHA of BC:
    • Appear on the online directory.
    • Special and limited time offer: optionally, may have a Promotional web-page describing the clinic/company and/or services.
    • May post text-ads (e.g., events, announcements, etc.) on the CHA of BC website and/or newsletter.
    • May submit articles to the eNewsletter
    • Note: refer to the Advertisement, Article Submission Guidelines, and Terms and Conditions pages for more information on promoting on the CHA of BC website.
  • May obtain liability insurance at a reduced rate.
  • Receive the Association’s eNewsletter and reports.
  • Has log-in access to the private “ALL Members” and “Professional Members” pages.

Membership Fees & Application form:

Herbal Therapist

A Herbal Therapist is an individual trained (from different traditions and avenues of learning, whether academic, apprenticeship or otherwise) in the practice of herbal medicine who:

  • is trained in the therapeutic use of crude botanical medicines;
  • primarily uses traditional preparations* of crude botanical material; and
  • is qualified** and competent to take this responsibility and be held accountable for their recommendations.

* Traditional preparations include, but are not limited to: tinctures, teas, capsules, infusions, decoctions, syrups, plasters, poultices, oils, liniments, ointments, fomentations, salves, etc.

** Appropriate qualification could include formal training, self-study, apprenticeship model and others.

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Professional Herbal Advocate (HA) Membership

This category is intended for:

    • Herbal manufacturers, educators, authors, retailers, consultants, charter herbalists, etc.
    • Retired herbalists, or western herbal therapists that do not yet meet the requirements for Professional RHT membership.
    • Therapists of other herbal medicine modalities (e.g., Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, etc.)

Members have voting rights, and may run for board positions (Board of Directors is composed of 70-100% RHT members, and up to 30% HA members).

Requirements:

  • At least 1000hr of training (e.g., formal education, apprenticeship, self-training, etc., years of experience are taking into account).
  • In the case of self-training, or if the Association deems necessary, the applicant may be required to take a written exam.
  • Continuing education: members in this category are required to take at least 10 hours/year (10 CEU) of continuing education.
  • Insurance were applicable is recommended.

Benefits:

  • Promoting your services and/or business through the CHA of BC:
    • Appear on the online directory.
    • Special and limited time offer: optionally, may have a Promotional web-page describing the clinic/company and/or services.
    • May post text-ads (e.g., events, announcements, etc.) on the CHA of BC website and/or newsletter.
    • May submit articles to the eNewsletter
    • Note: refer to the Advertisement, Article Submission Guidelines, and Terms and Conditions pages for more information on promoting on the CHA of BC website.
  • May run for board of directors position, or join projects/sub-committees.
  • Receive the Association’s eNewsletter and reports.
  • Has log-in access to the private “ALL Members” and “Professional Members” pages.

Application form and fees

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Associate Membership

This category is intended for everyone with a general interest in herbs, herbal medicine, and keeping herbs accessible to everybody — herb growers, farmers, educators, manufactures, retailers, authors, herbal enthusiasts, herb lovers, and herbalists that do not yet meet the requirements for Professional membership.

Members in this category have a non-voting status, may not run for board positions, but may participate in board subcommittees, and may observe board meetings.

Benefits:

  • Promoting your services and/or business through the CHA of BC:
    • May submit articles to the eNewsletter
    • May post one free text-ad per year on the newsletter and/or website.
    • Receive discounts on ads placement on the newsletter and/or website
    • Optionally, if working in a herbal related field, may add to the annual membership:
      • be listed on the Online Directory.
      • be able to post text-ads on the CHA of BC website and/or newsletter.
      • A Promotional web-page promoting company and/or services.
    • Note: refer to the Advertisement, Article Submission Guidelines, and Terms and Conditions pages for more information on promoting through the CHA of BC.
  • Has log-in access to the private “ALL Members” pages.
  • Receive the Association’s eNewsletter and reports.
  • May attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Application form and fees

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Student Membership

Students of all fields are welcome to join the Association under the student category.

Students have a non-voting status, may not run for board positions, but may participate in board subcommittees, and may observe board meetings.

Notice:

    • Students are required to validated their student status each June in order to renew the student membership.
    • Upon graduation, students need to upgrade the membership to Associate membership or Professional membership (if applicable).

Benefits:

  • May submit articles to the eNewsletter
  • May post one free text-ad per year on the newsletter and/or website.
  • Receive discounts on ads placement on the newsletter and/or website
  • Note: refer to the Advertisement, Article Submission Guidelines, and Terms and Conditions pages for more information on ads/article submissions and terms.
  • Has log-in access to the private “ALL Members” pages.
  • Receive the Association’s eNewsletter and reports.
  • May attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Application form and fees

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Corporate Sponsorship

This category is intended for herbal schools and corporations (e.g., suppliers, manufactures, retail stores, wellness centers, farms, etc.) that would like to become CHA of BC sponsors.

Corporate Sponsors have a non-voting status, may not run for board positions, but may participate in board subcommittees.

Benefits:

  • Promoting through the CHA of BC:
    • The sponsor company banner/logo is displayed on website.
    • May post, free of charge, one text-ad per year to the newsletter and/of website.
    • May submit, free of charge, one 1-page infomercial to the newsletter per year (an infomercial is an article promoting a product, an event, an activity, etc. from the sponsoring company, or an article on the sponsoring company itself).
    • Receive discounts on ads placement on the newsletter, website, and booth tables.
    • May submit articles to the eNewsletter free of charge.
    • Are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and promote their business by offering information, catalogs and/or samples to build exposure and to increase rapport with practitioners.
    • Are acknowledged as official sponsors at our meetings and public events.
    • Are encouraged to offer CHA of BC members a special discount (e.g., first-purchase discount, ) to promote interest in their products.
    • Optionally, may add to the annual membership:
      • be listed on the Online Directory (e.g., have their contact info on the directory).
      • be able to post text-ads on the CHA of BC website and/or newsletter.
      • A Promotional web-page outlining company services, local representatives, etc.
    • Note: please refer to the Advertisement, Article Submission Guidelines, and Terms and Conditions pages for more information on promoting through the CHA of BC.
  • Has log-in access to the private “ALL Members” pages.
  • Receive the Association’s eNewsletter and reports.

Application form and fees

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Membership Fees and Options

Membership
Category
Membership
Annual Fee
One-time
Admin Fee
Online Directory
(Optional)
Promo Webpage
(Annual Fees)
Text-ad
Posting
Professional RHT $100 $45 (*) Free (**)
Professional HA $100 $45 (*) Free (**)
Associate $30.00 $5 (*) $70.00 $100.00 $100.00
Student $5 (*)
Sponsorship $150.00 $5 (*) $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
  • (*) The CHA of BC is undertaking a paperless initiative. We request that applications are submitted by email, either as attachments or uploaded under the file upload option found under the membership heading on our website. Payment is done via PayPal.
  • (**) Special Promotion — for a limited time, the CHA of BC is waving the fees for  the promotional webpage for Professional memberships.
  • Submitting an Application and Payment:
    • Membership runs annually from June to the June of the following year. Annual fees are paid for the full year regardless of when application is submitted. If/when an application is received/approved later than June, then a pro-rated discount will be applied to the renewal fees of the following year.
    • All applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
    • In our efforts to minimize paper and save a tree; please submit your application in an electronic version via email. However if you are submitting an application by regular mail:
      • If paying by cheque or money order — make cheque or money order payable to CHA of BC, and mail it with your full application to address indicated within the application form. Please ensure that your name is written on the cheque as reference – if the cheque is written for you on behalf of another person.
      • If paying by PayPal (or credit card) — mark on the application form that you wish to pay via PayPal, and mail the application to the address indicated on the application form. The association will email a PayPal invoice after the application is received. Credit cards payments are only possible via PayPal (an applicant does not need to have a PayPal account to pay with a credit card via PayPal).
    • Submitting an application by email:
      • A $5.00 discount on the admin. fee is given on application submitted by email.
      • Payment must be done via PayPal.
      • Credit cards payments are accepted via PayPal (applicant does not need to have a PayPal account to pay with a credit card via PayPal). The association will email a PayPal invoice after the application is received.
      • email application to “application@chaofbc.ca” (this email is only for application submissions; for membership questions/inquiries, please use membership@chaofbc.ca)
      • Notice: if the Association deems necessary, it may request that a paper-copy of some or all application documents be mailed in before giving its final approval (specially in the case of professional applicants).
  • Refund Policy:
    • No refund on Admin fees.
    • No refund on pro-rated discount when/if there is one.
    • 60% refund on the annual fee up to 5 days after new/renewal application has been processed. No refund after that.

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