FAQs

General Questions

Is your school accredited?

We are a 501c3 non-profit educational organization, but we are not a college or university.  We offer continuing education and technical experience, including CEU credits for professions including Massage Therapists, Nurses, Acupuncturists, Dietitians, and Nutritionists in various courses.

Our Herbalism Core Curriculum is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, and our program is designed to meet and at times exceed the educational criteria this professional organization sets forth in its guidelines.

Where are you located?

Due to the pandemic, we have shifted our offerings into online classes and our staff is working virtually.

Our on-site school is currently not open.

Our Mailing Address is:
PO Box 754, Goldenrod, Florida 32733

Can I make a donation? Is it tax-deductible?

Pursuant to IRS Code 501(c)3, donations made to our organization are tax deductible.  See the Donate link in the upper right of this website to make your donation, or contact our office to make a donation by mail or phone.

Tuition & Cancellation Policy

All classes require tuition to be paid in order to confirm your seat in the course.  If a course has reached the maximum number of students, an unpaid registrant’s tentative seat will be given to a paid registrant on our waiting list.

For our Roots of Herbalism program, if a cancellation is received more than 14 days prior to the class, the total tuition paid less a $40 administrative fee is refundable.  If a cancellation is received within 14 days of the class, 50% of the total tuition paid less a $40 administrative fee is refundable.  Without exception, no refunds will be granted within 24 hours of when a course begins.  No refunds are provided on our Home Study course once it has been mailed to a student.

For our Family Herbalist & Community Herbalist programs, a $200 non-refundable deposit is required to register.  For these courses, if a cancellation is received more than 14 days prior to the class, the total tuition minus the $200 deposit and a $40 administrative fee is refundable.  If a cancellation is received within 14 days of the class, 50% of the total tuition minus the $200 deposit and a $40 administrative fee is refundable. Without exception, no refunds will be granted within 24 hours of when a course begins.

Tuition paid on all other workshops is nonrefundable within 7 business days of the class.  Another student may use your space and your tuition for the class, but tuition cannot be transferred or refunded. Individual workshops and courses may have additional cancellation policies; consult the class description upon registration for additional information.

Tuition for Special Events: Refunds are only available if cancellation notification is received more than 7 days prior to the start of the event.  The refund amount is based on the paid registration amount minus a $40 administrative fee.  If a cancellation is received within 7 days of the event, 50% of the total paid registration minus the $40 administrative fee is refundable.  Cancellations within 24 hours of the start of the class will not be eligible for any refund.

Some courses require a minimum student registration to be held. FSHL reserves the right to cancel courses and refund full tuition to registrants.

To apply for an exception to this policy, you may email us at [email protected]

Subject: Cancellation Exception

Your request must include:
• Student name used at registration
• Class name including date
• Amount and name of payor 
• Reason for application for exception
• Relevant documentation attachments, including doctor’s notes

We will review your request for an exception submitted by email only, and we will reply promptly after review. We cannot process tuition refunds or transfers by voicemail.

Can I get an herbalism certification?

In the United States, an herbalist is a self-defined professional.  Graduates have found work as herbal consultants for product companies, gardening, launching an herbal product company, teaching herbal workshops, and seeing clients for health consultations.  Our school provides guidance and resources to help our graduates succeed in an herbal profession.  Demand is steadily increasing across the country for skilled and knowledgeable herbalists.

Students who successfully complete herbal programs, including required class hours and assignments, can request a certificate of completion.  At the present time, there is no national or state system of licensure or certification for herbalists.  We use the standards of the American Herbalists Guild to inform our curriculum, which are found at www.americanherbalistsguild.com.  The educational objectives met with successful completion of our certification programs exceed their criteria.  More information on all of our programs is available upon request.

The Florida School of Holistic Living is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization with the mission of cultivating a sustainable community by empowering individuals through philosophy-in-practice education that promotes holistic living. The state of Florida does not offer accreditation for herbal programs, however, our educational curriculum is recognized by the American Herbalist Guild. We do not confer Bachelor’s Degrees but we are able to provide certificates of completion of our programs to students upon request.

How long can I access my online or video class?

You can access your classes for 1 year after the date of purchase, though many of the materials are downloadable that you can keep forever.

Are there any requirements to enroll in your courses?

Anyone is welcome to enroll in our courses regardless of previous educational experience. Most of our courses are fully open to the public.  Our Family Herbalist Program, and our Community Herbalist Program, require that students complete our Roots of Herbalism program first.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are often vague, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements in your state or territory.

What is a CEU?

A CEU is a continuing education unit given for continuing education. CEU’s are awarded for classroom time or a seminar, self-study programs, and conferences.

When do I need CEU’s?

You need CEU’s each renewal cycle according to your license type.  Please make sure you are eligible for the CEU class offerings prior to registering for the course.  FSHL reports CEU’s after full completion of the course, which may include submission of written assignments after the completion of the lecture session of the class.

Who can receive a CEU’s?

We offer CEU credits for Florida-licensed Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Nurses, and Midwives.  For a full listing of our classes, both on-site and on-line, please visit our CEU Offerings page. Each class description will list whether a class is eligible for a State of Florida CEU credit and the professional license to which it pertains.

All CEU’s earned for FSHL classes are for active State of Florida Boards. If you are an out-of-state practitioner wanting to take one of our CEU class offerings, or a practitioner of another profession hoping to apply our CEU class credits to your license, please contact your state license representative directly before registering to see if they would accept a State of Florida CEU transfer and to understand the process for reporting these credits.

How do I sign-up for CEU’s and what does it cost?

When registering for a class, there will be an option to to add-on CEUs to your registration. CEU registration is an additional $15 processing fee.  Please select this option and provide the occupation and license number on the registration page prior to checking out.  If you encounter a problem with registering for CEU’s, please contact the school.

How will I receive my CEU credits?

If the class does not require additional written assignments, after the class has completed, we will process your CEU by directly reporting your class completion to CE Broker—please allow up to one week for processing. If your class requires additional written assignments, CEU credits are reported to CE Broker once we review your submitted written assignment.

What if I have more than one license?

If a student has more than one license, you will need to pay a processing fee of $15 per license. You can register for the first CEU as a part of your registration. You can purchase additional CEUs by purchasing separate CEUs at an individual link. Contact our office to add extra professions to your CEU enrollment. CEU Broker approves courses for specific professions. If we’ve listed both of your occupations in our course description, you may use the class toward both licenses.

How are CEU’s determined for your classes?

CEU’s are determined based on the number of hours per class. Typically, it’s one (1) CEU for every hour. However, the State of Florida Board, not the Florida School of Holistic Living, determines the number of CEU’s allowed for each class and the occupational licenses that may use them.

How will I know if I have received my CEU’s for the class?

We process CEU’s through CE Broker. One week after class, you can login to your CEBroker.com account and view the CEU’s processed from our school.  If you encounter a problem, please contact us.

Can I receive a certificate of completion of the course and its CEU credits?

Yes. We do not automatically provide certificates of completion to students enrolled in CEU courses, but we are happy to furnish one to you after successful completion of a course upon request. Simply contact us and provide the date of your class completion, your name, your license number, and your class registration information.

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