Four-Year Program

Professional Astrologer

Training and Certification


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Learn this inspiring and life-changing craft through our structured curriculum specially curated to expose you to a diversity of astrological concepts and methods. In this 4-year advanced training program you’ll learn the core approaches to Western astrology as you study with not just one, but several master astrologers, each with their own specialization.

Through our unique hands-on approach, you’ll develop and/or improve your analytical skills while enhancing your creativity and confidence reading charts. You’ll receive real-time guidance and the tools needed to apply what you’re learning so that you retain the knowledge as you go.

This Professional Astrologer Training and Certification Program provides a broad education in astrological methods and styles of thought to students seeking to either deepen their understanding of astrology for personal practice or to become working professional astrologers.


Tony Howard astrologer

Tony Howard

Humanistic Archetypal Astrology

Kelly Surtees

Kelly Surtees

Traditional+Modern Astrology

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Transformational Evolutionary Astrology

Safron Rossi

Safron Rossi

Mythic Archetypal Astrology

Jason Holley

Jason Holley

Mythic Psychological Astrology

Jessica Murray

Humanistic Astrology

Demetra George

Demetra George

Hellenistic Astrology

Darby Costello

Darby Costello

Psychological Astrology

Lynn Bell

Lynn Bell

Psychological Astrology

Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Karen Hamaker-Zondag

Psychological Jungian Astrology

Steven Forrest

Steven Forrest

Evolutionary Astrology

Hello and Welcome!

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Why take a four-year program when I can just do a year-long course or read a few books on my own? Check out the video below where Tony says hello and walks you through some of the benefits of our immersive training program. 


Over the course of your studies you will learn the core building blocks of Western astrological practice and will be introduced to several approaches to Western astrology including: Psychological, Archetypal, Mythic, Ancient/Traditional, Humanistic, Evolutionary and Transformational.

You will be exposed to a diverse set of teachings that will ultimately map out an approach to astrology that is empowering and life-affirming while being respectful of the power of our free will to intentionally engage with life in a co-creative process.


As a student of this program you will have the option to study on one of two tracks: Certification-Track or Audit (Non-Certification Personal Development.) Students on the certification track will complete written assignments and testing and receive feedback and mentoring support. If you are not interested in certification, you have the option to drop in to just the courses you’re interested in.

The complete program is offered over 4 years and a new cohort starts every August. You can choose to study on a schedule with a group of students participating in weekly live Q&A sessions, or you may complete the requirements on your own time at your own pace. Either way you’ll still get access to real-time support with your questions as you move through the material. 

Certification-track students must complete all course requirements to sit for our certification exam. At the end of successful completion of the four year program, students will receive a diploma. Students who complete the requirements will also be able to sit for our certification exam.

You have the option to attend any course a-la-carte without committing to the full program. So if you’re not sure you want to commit to extended studies, just jump into a course and see if the program is a good fit for you!

Please note that if you are going at your own pace throughout the program that there may be occasional classes where the recorded Q&A sessions have been removed due to privacy. This usually occurs right before the next live cohort begins that course (about a year from the previous start date of the course). You will instead see links for the live Q&A sessions. You are welcome to attend the live Q&A sessions even if you are not a part of the live cohort. We are not able to provide you with the recorded Q&A sessions past the date we take them off the site. Thank you for your understanding.

Check out the full list of courses to see what we offer or to register for each course separately. 


At Astrology University, you’ll be taught by the best teachers and through a diverse and comprehensive training program.

Break out of the self-study doldrums and amp up your skills through our compassionate hands-on mentoring while you reap the benefits of following a guided curriculum designed to help facilitate your success.

You’ll get personal assistance moving past common barriers astrology students experience, such as difficulty synthesizing planets, signs and houses, or identifying the most important themes in a chart.

With the optional certification track, you’ll gain confidence in your ability interpret charts with the help of our direct feedback on your work.

Join our program to move beyond repeating generic memorized information and unlock your creative potential as an inspiring astrologer who helps others feel empowered to make life-affirming choices, as you simultaneously facilitate your own healing experience of connection to the cosmos.

Students Love the Program...

“I’ve really enjoyed year one. I had already been studying astrology for a few years on my own, and often would come to a point of confusion, unsure of where to look next for my questions to be answered. The program really is set up like building blocks, and through the lectures and Q&A sessions and with the option to email instructors, I have felt confident moving forward into the next course. I’m finally starting to be able to look at a birth chart and make sense of it in a technical and philosophical way. 

All of the teachers have various approaches and styles, and there is no central dogma to the program. Aside from the reading, that’s been my favorite part – the program is very open ended while also providing structure where I’ve needed it. I’m really excited to continue my studies in year two.

Stephanie Pence
Stephanie Pence

“Among several one and two-year astrology programs I’ve studied in, Astrology University’s 4-Year Certification program is, in my view, the absolute best.
The sequence of courses is such that each course and each year build on the ones before it. Four-week courses allow for both an introduction to and an immersion in a topic.

Each four-week course is taught by an expert astrologer who also – very importantly – has excellent teaching skills. That means that beyond just giving a good powerpoint lecture, the teachers are responsive to questions and create an open atmosphere for discussion during weekly Q&A sessions.

Homework assignments are progressively more in-depth and intellectually challenging, designed to have students demonstrate a true understanding of the material. The assignments give me a mental work-out and a sense of accomplishment. AU’s courses are conceived of and taught at a university level.

The courses are also taught with great, heartful care. Tony and the other teachers create an on-line environment in which a very diverse group of students (by age, ethnicity, geographic location) feel comfortable asking questions and sharing knowledge of our own charts.

With numerous teachers, we are learning many different “takes” on astrological issues. Yet there’s a coherent, reliable set of values here: astrology at its best is kind and helpful.

We also have a lot of fun.

Sara Diamond
Sara Diamond

Our Commitment to Diversity

At Astrology University we’re committed to improving diversity in our field by providing access to our high-quality educational training and welcoming students from all backgrounds.

We have specialized scholarships that remove barriers to access including our financial need scholarships, our full-ride  Black and North American indigenous/First Nations Scholarship, and our Donna Cunningham scholarship for students pursuing an MSW or counseling degree. Our scholarship application period is open during July – August each year (the registration link is active here when available. Email [email protected] for details). 

We have implemented diversity and inclusivity training for our instructors around issues not limited to race, LGBTQ, and trans awareness. We use a diverse set of charts for study and homework throughout the program. 

Join us and help create a more inclusive and diverse future for the profession of astrology! 


“During the year one studies, from time to time, I felt so lucky that I was able to learn from the Astrology University with Tony and all the amazing instructors and our sweet classmates.

The experience was like opening doors to the western cultures, deep thoughts, high consciousness, and of course there were abundant astrological learning resources that Tony has bridged us to.

I have a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Arts, another Bachelor of Commerce, and I am a charted professional accountant in Canada. I will say that the learning experience of Astrology University is as formal and practical as my other educational experience. Astrology is the thing I have longed for life to take me to explore the invisible rules of the universe. Astrology University is amazing. It feels like the lifelong desire of learning eventually get on the right route towards the exact direction of my life purposes. “

Ying Zhang
Ying Z.

More Rave Reviews...

“Tony, your lectures have been stellar. It’s clear that you’re rigorously thinking through the order in which we need to hear the information to facilitate our actually taking it in. Moreover, you’re also resisting the temptation to make the meanings formulaic, and thus overly reductive. I think it’s quite remarkable that after a mere three lessons, I’m starting to grok how to think astrologically.”
– Susan Shannon

“I’ve been studying astrology for over two decades, and was optimistic about taking this intro class as an avenue into grounding my knowledge. I can’t even begin to express the depth and breadth that Tony opened up in his presentations and his presence with the students. My knowledge base about the signs and houses was truly expanded. Tony is a gifted teacher, and it was quite obvious that his passion and priority are enhancing the knowledge of all participants, from all levels of learning. I am looking forward to continuing with my studies at AU.”
– E.F., US

“I had been studying astrology for several months and had a sense that I was only skimming the surface. I had so many questions but no experts to ask.  When I learned of the new online 4-year program that Astrology University was about to deliver, I was eager to enroll, excited to take advantage of the weekly Q&As. And I’m so happy I did!  Many of my questions have no definite answer, but Tony has created a platform where rich discussions can take place and where our thinking is stretched in a safe and welcoming manner. 

During the first year, Tony exposed us to a diversity of authors and teachers who approach astrology in their unique ways. I feel that the multiplicity of ideas that are presented not only encourages us to develop our own voice but also plants seeds that may develop into new insights and contributions to the astrology field.  

I also appreciated how the well thought out homework assignments gradually increased in complexity as our confidence grew. They’ve been invaluable in helping us apply the theory we’ve been learning. Most importantly, I value the program’s philosophy. It’s clear that Tony’s goal is to train us to become responsible astrologers, aware of the impact our words may have.  I’m excited to start year 2!!” – A. Morris

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“Our own marvelously complex nature depends on and is embedded in the universe.” -RICHARD TARNAS


“ When you don’t follow your nature there is a hole in the universe where you were supposed to be. ”


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