Aromatherapist Certification: Beneficial or Not?

Aromatherapy certification.  Worth it? Does it really mean anything, or is it just a nice thing to have on your wall?  There are currently no state licensure or regulatory boards for aromatherapy in the USA.  For those who simply wish to use the oils for their own purposes, or like me, use essential oils in your bath & body products and want to do so safely, is it worth getting the certification? 

There are two organizations that work to advance public knowledge and perception of aromatherapy as a valid healing technique.  These are NAHA and ARC. 

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing public awareness of the benefits of true aromatherapy. NAHA is actively involved in promoting & elevating academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice for the profession.

The Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) are working towards NCCA accreditation, and completely independent from any membership body, organization, or educational facility, which means there are no conflicts of interest. Through them, you submit to a volunteer exam & register with their organization as an aromatherapist, so there is a directory.  

In order to take the exam, you must complete a minimum of a 200 hour Level 2 program in aromatherapy from a college or school that is in compliance with the current NAHA Educational Guidelines or anyone who could provide evidence of equivalent training (transcripts must be enclosed with Application), & file your Application for ARC Registration Examination in Aromatherapy along with the fee of $325.00 to sit the exam.  Once you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate from ARC, which is valid for 5 years. 

So How Do I Get Ready For the Exam?
There are SO many of these programs out there, and the costs range from $1,500.00 - $2,500.00 for the course.  My recommendation would be to check out the NAHA's approved schools list if interested in pursuing this.  

So, Is It Worth It?
Ultimately the decision has to be your own, and you have to decide if it's worth that amount of money to you, or if you can be disciplined enough to self-teach, and then take the exam on your own.  You don't have to do the course AND take the exam; it's just an option. You're certified after taking the course.

I hope everyone has found this useful.  If you've gotten your certification or are trying to decide about getting it, please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. Until then...


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