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150 hours
105.83 GBP excl. VAT
English
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Professional Training
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Course description

You’ll start the Foraging Diploma Course with an introduction to the subject. We’ll ask you to consider why people forage and then furnish you with some basic botany information. You’ll look at safety and legal considerations regarding picking food from the wild and finally, you’ll look at various ways to preserve what you pick.

Weeds are a gift to the forager (if not the gardener), you’ll look at uses for a number of very common weeds. You’ll then dive into the fungus kingdom, learning how to identify both edible and psychotropic mushrooms. The edible mushrooms are divided into woodland dwellers and those that grow among grass to help you focus your searches.

How you forage and what you forage for will change throughout the course of a year. The Foraging Diploma Course sets you off on a journey through the seasons, starting, naturally, in the Spring. You’ll learn about spring greens, edible flowers and spring tonics. We’ll give you a nudge to try some new punchy flavours and to stretch your identification and collection skills by looking for plants like Hogweed and Pignut.

You will learn about a generous range of Summer plants and the changing seasons as you enter Autumn and then Winter. You’ll learn how to make the most of the final root, berry and nut harvests before your choices drop back in Winter. But don’t worry, there are a few more new plants for you to find and try in the deep mid-Winter!

It’s then on to psychotropic plants – those incredible plants whose active constituents can alter the way we feel by interacting with our nervous system. You’ll explore both the gentle, relaxing plants that can help you sleep, then the stimulants and, on the other end of the psychotropic scale, the tropane alkaloid hallucinogenic plants.

There are enough suggestions and inspiration on the topic of trees in the Foraging Diploma Course to keep the novice forager busy all year, as you explore fruit, bark, leaves, sap and more! You’ll also look to the seaside to discover coastal and seashore plants, and seaweeds. You’ll even branch into carnivorous territory as you learn to find some shellfish.

The course finishes with a celebration of the art of making drinks from your foraged finds – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. No matter your tastes, there’s something for everyone here and hopefully, it will get your creative juices flowing.

So, check the weather forecast for some dry weather, pick a sunny day and ready, steady, forage!

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The Foraging Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.


Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.


This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.


Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

Training Course Content

Module 1: An Introduction to Foraging

Module 2: Eat Your Weeds

Module 3: Foraging for Mushrooms

Module 4: Foraging in Spring

Module 5: Foraging in Summer

Module 6: Foraging in Autumn and Winter

Module 7: Foraging for Psychotropics

Module 8: Gifts from the Trees

Module 9: Foraging Along the Seashore

Module 10: Foraging for the Drinks Cabinet

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