Understanding Aromatherapy Certification
As of yet, there is no “formal” post-secondary accreditation degree program for becoming a certified aromatherapist that is recognized by the United States’ Department of Education, which entails a voluntary, independent review of an educational program by a nongovernmental agency to determine that the education provided is of uniform and sound quality.
Nor is aromatherapy recognized as a medical science, and aromatherapists are not, of course, medical professionals, neither can they “practice” as a medical practitioner with a certificate in aromatherapy alone. Consequently, there is no license required to practice aromatherapy and no regulation by law as such.
Moreover, while there are no boards that license professional aromatherapists in the United States, it is for this reason, aromatherapy organizations such as the NAHA (the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists) and the AIA (the Alliance of International Aromatherapists) have sought to establish a protocol for evaluating the quality of aromatherapy certification programs offered by schools in the United States and internationally. Approved schools are recognized as having met their educational requirements set forth.
NAHA Approved School and What This Means on Becoming a Certified Aromatherapist
Since 2013, Aroma Hut Institute has gained an international reputation for excellence in aromatherapy education. Our main course in Professional and Clinical Aromatherapy is a comprehensive, integrated training program with a dynamic blend of scientific and holistic therapeutic approaches. Aroma Hut Institute’s program has been carefully designed to provide students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to practice Clinical Aromatherapy safely and effectively, and also, serves as a specialist training resource for those pursuing careers in the expanding essential oil product industries.
As a student, it is important to know the school you attend meets the educational standards set by leading organizations such as NAHA. Aroma Hut Institute is a NAHA approved school and is unique in that it
- seeks to elevate the study of aromatherapy in the eyes of the public through public service via radio, television, and social media,
- unite aromatherapists to advance research and professionalism in the industry,
- and, most importantly, provides the highest quality aromatherapy program available to prospective students of aromatherapy.
Currently, Aroma Hut Institute is only one of the 31 aromatherapy certification programs in the United States that meet the stringent requirements set forth by the NAHA. With so few schools recognized as approved school providers, it is apparent the very rigorous educational standards established by this organization are high.
The Importance of Choosing a NAHA or AIA Approved School
As an approved school, Aroma Hut Institute offers a Certified Aromatherapy program with two levels; the Foundations Level I (30 hours in-person training) and Level I (100 hours online training) and Level II Certified Aromatherapist program (270 hours) that exceeds the course requirements NAHA has established as required curriculum that any qualified aromatherapist who will be providing services to the public should take. Among the many necessary facets for Level I certification, for example, includes developing a working knowledge of certain required essential oils and thorough mastery of safety procedures when using them. Basic anatomy such as the limbic and lymphatic systems are studied in Level 1.
For the Level II Certified Aromatherapist program, the course requirements are much more rigorous. As a NAHA approved school, Aroma Hut Institute exceeds the 200-hour minimum for the Certified Aromatherapist program with over 270+ hours. Aroma Hut students must complete the Level 1 program either in-person with 30 contact hours, or by completing the online Level 1 program of 100 hours of study. Upon completion of either course, the student can advance to Level 2 and will be trained in how use oils to benefit various systems of the human body, such as the respiratory or digestive systems. Basic chemistry of the chemical families is also taught at this level.
Aroma Hut Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program integrates anatomy and physiology into the curriculum in relation to the part of the training that goes over the structure and function of each body system. Pre-existing health and medical professionals are still required to complete training in the application of essential oils for each system and the effect of essential oils on a variety of common ailments.
To receive a certificate of completion, the student will need to complete all lessons and quizzes, create blends and products covered throughout the course, perform and complete ten case studies, and write an 8-10 page research paper on any aromatherapy topic of their choice.
This Aromatherapy Certification Course meets and surpasses the qualifications for the NAHA Level Two: Professional Aromatherapy Certification Program by The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.
Upon Successful Completion of the Aromatherapy Certification Program:
- Students will have confidence in the safe and therapeutic uses of essential oils.
- Students will have a clear understanding of the scope of aromatherapy practices and clear goals for an aromatherapy practice.
- Students will have a solid foundational knowledge of the therapeutic and emotional aspects of over 50 essential oils and 20 carrier oils.
- Students will know how to consult clients and evaluate which essential oils would be appropriate to use and how to use them safely and effectively.
- Students will gain experience in the creation of a variety of body care products for self-care and professional use.
- Students will be proficient in blending therapeutic products.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of the botany of essential oils.
- Students will be able to differentiate between fragrance and essential oils, as well as define an oils’ differences based on its country of origin.
- Students will develop a working knowledge of essential oil chemistry and how to blend according to each chemical family and shared therapeutic properties.
- Students will develop a working knowledge of the body’s anatomy and how to choose which oils are best for each body system.
- Students will receive a certificate of completion.
Aroma Hut Instructors are Experts in their Field
What makes Aroma Hut Institute especially unique is that their instructors are not only masters in their field with years of experience practicing as actual aromatherapists but its founder, Rebecca Park Totilo, has published almost 50 books, many on aromatherapy and essential oils.
In fact, all course curriculum has been personally tailored and written by Rebecca who is a bestselling author and Clinical Aromatherapist. Her teaching style will keep you involved with lively discussions, hands-on blending, and engaging lectures.
These are instructors, then, that are heavily immersed in the craft, the profession of teaching, and in writing scholarly publications on essential oils, ultimately treating aromatherapy as a true medical profession.
Moreover, the thing that distinguishes Aroma Hut Institute the most is that they are scrupulous regarding the quality and level of accomplishment of the instructors they hire and in the high quality of coursework they provide.
Aroma Hut Institute welcomes the opportunity to learn about your interests and aspirations, and in turn, share with you Aroma Hut’s passion for natural healing with essential oils. This, combined with caring instructors, ensures that they are well equipped to meet and cater to a students’ individual needs and requirements. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
Aroma Hut Institute instructors are available by phone to assist students who are serious about the vocation of aromatherapy in choosing the best educational aromatherapy program, whether it is the Professional Level 1 or the Advanced Level 1 and 2 program, based on the student’s pursuit for their educational journey in aromatherapy.
Things to Consider When Choosing an Aromatherapy School
- Review the Curriculum Covered in the Course to make sure it is NAHA Approved.
One methodology students can use to evaluate how well a school will prepare them for a career as a professional aromatherapist is for them to compare the school’s required coursework to the coursework required for approval by the NAHA and AIA. Aroma Hut Institute is an approved school by NAHA with a curriculum that exceeds their standards.
- Make Sure the Certification is Recognized Worldwide.
For students who plan to further their education in aromatherapy and move on to more advanced clinical programs, Aroma Hut Insitute ensures your certification will be recognized by other NAHA/AIA approved schools for their Level 3 or 4 programs. Also, Aroma Hut Institute is a training provider for the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) for students worldwide.
- Verify that Your Course Will Entitle You the Use of Professional Titles.
Due to the surge of multi-level essential oil companies worldwide, the improper use of job titles in the essential oil industry can confuse and mislead the public. It is important to know the difference and what your education entitles you to use. As a graduate of our Level 1 program, you may refer to yourself an “Aromatherapist.” As a graduate of our Level 2 program, you may call yourself a “Certified Aromatherapist.”
For the Consumer: The safest route for obtaining guidance in the field of aromatherapy is to seek a private consultation with a professional who is a certified aromatherapist.
- Confirm the Program Prepares and Qualifies You for the Registered Aromatherapist Exam.
Pursuing Aroma Hut Institutes’ Level 2 Aromatherapy Certification Program qualifies a student to become a member of AIA or NAHA as a professional member and to sit for the Registered Aromatherapist’s exam.
Requirements for the Registered Aromatherapist Certification
To sit for the Registered Aromatherapist exam, as the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) notes, the student must satisfy this requirement: “Completion of a minimum of a 200-hour Level 2 program in aromatherapy from a college or school that is in compliance with the current NAHA and AIA Educational Guidelines.” (http://aromatherapycouncil.org/?page_id=198)
Upon completion of the Certification Program, the student may call themselves a Certified Aromatherapist, using the initials “C.A.” after their name. However, once a graduate takes and passes the Registered Aromatherapist exam, they can officially call themselves a Registered Aromatherapist, using the initials “R.A.” or both initials, “C.A., R.A.”
- Confirm the Program Meets the Qualifications for Membership to Professional Organizations.
As a graduate of the Aroma Hut Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program, students qualify to join NAHA or AIA as a professional member. In addition, graduates will be eligible to receive liability insurance for your practice.
Students enrolled in the Level 1 program at Aroma Hut Institute may join NAHA as a Friend/Student of Aromatherapy and AIA as an Associate Member.
- Validate the School’s Program offers Career Options Upon Completion of Your Aromatherapy Education.
A prospective student should also consider a school that provides the kind of aromatherapy education that will thoroughly equip the graduate to be able to provide the highest-quality and safest aromatherapy services possible to the public. Aroma Hut Institute’s certification program incorporates a personally-tailored curriculum that will best prepare a student to further their educational and professional advancement as a Certified Aromatherapist.
Upon completion of Aroma Hut Institute’s aromatherapy certification program, a graduate may choose to continue with the Teacher Training program that provides “private label” courses for a graduate to use as fit for teaching aromatherapy classes or start an Aroma Hut Institute franchise.
- Confirm Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are Available for Massage Therapists.
Since massage therapy and aromatherapy are modalities that work so well together, Aroma Hut Institute offers continuing education units (CEUs) as an approved continuing education provider through the (NCBTMB) National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. By providing high-quality continuing education courses that will enhance a practitioner’s career, Aroma Hut is committed to making sure the student has the most current and reliable research available. The breakdown for courses offering CEUs is as follows:
- 30 CEUs for Foundations Level 1 (30 hours) In-Person Class
- 50 CEUs for Level 1 (100 hours) Online Course
- 100 CEUs for Level 2 (270 hours) Online Course
- 24 CEUs for Body Systems Level 2 (24 hours) In-Person Class
Summary of How to Become a Certified Aromatherapist
Aroma Hut Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program is designed for the health professional, multi-level essential oil distributor or lay person with an interest in the therapeutic uses and applications of essential oils. No previous Aromatherapy education is required – beginners are welcome.
A student will be provided with a solid and concise understanding of aromatherapy and how to use oils safely and effectively. Throughout this hands-on program, students will work with numerous essential oils, study the chemistry of essential oils and how they affect the anatomy and physiology of the body. Several videos, assignments, and blending activities will provide a sound basis for the clinical uses of essential oils. To receive a certificate of completion for hours studied, the student will need to complete all of the lessons, quizzes, create blends and products covered in this course, perform case studies (five for Level 1 and ten for Level 2), and write a research paper on any aromatherapy topic.
This Aromatherapy Certification Program meets and surpasses the qualifications for the NAHA Level One and Level Two: Professional Aromatherapy Certification by The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), a leading governing body for national educational standards for aromatherapists. Upon completion of the ACP program, you will be able to call yourself a “Certified Aromatherapist.” Also, a graduate of the Aromatherapy Certification Program will be qualified to take the ARC exam to become a registered aromatherapist (totally optional). Students that complete the Aromatherapy Certification Program may also become a professional member of AIA or NAHA if they choose.
Massage therapists can earn CEUs based on the number of hours studied at Aroma Hut Institute, as an approved continuing education provider through the NCTMB.
Moreover, finally, for those seeking a career in aromatherapy, potential students are welcome to discuss options during a private consultation with an instructor at Aroma Hut Institute at any time. We welcome your call at 727-688-2115.