FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Certification, the ARC Exam, and Other Professional Questions
I think you said there is no such thing as certification, but I may have misunderstood. If we have a certification in aromatherapy, are we certified to practice?
If you want to administer aromatherapy treatments, you need a license to touch from your state. These include licenses in massage, esthetics, nail care, and others—depending on your state’s requirements. If your plan is strictly to sell, then you’ll only need a local business license.
Our course offers a certificate of completion, like many other courses. However, these certificates do not certify you on a legal level to apply aromatherapy treatments to others. We recommend taking and passing the ARC exam and becoming an RA. This is the largest professional title available for aromatherapists at this time, and it will put you above any other type of certification. Our Aromatherapy Practitioner’s Course is geared toward giving you the knowledge you need to pass the ARC.
You can read more about this on our blog here.
Is the ARC exam necessary? I heard it was optional.
Are we eligible for insurance?
I don't have a license for a hands-on modality, so it sounds like I wouldn't be able to do aromatherapy consultations with clients, even after completing the course?
Could I do consults with clients if I worked in, say, a chiropractic office? Or would I have to first pass the ARC to be able to independently see clients and have my own consulting practice?
Does your course provide ideas / support / sample outlines / etc. to help me create my own "curriculum" to teach EO safety classes or seminars in my community?
Questions about Our Course
I’m interested in learning more about aromatherapy. Where do I start?
You can study at home on your own with the Home Study Certificate Program, which includes access to the Student Forum. This is a 300-hour course (see it here).
If you want to go all out, do the 450-hour program, which is all of the above plus 8 days in Tampa for live, hands-on classes. Check out the Aromatherapy Practitioner Training Program. The Tampa sessions are usually divided into 2 sessions, 4 days each.
Or you could start with one of our books like the Aromatic Spa Book, which is a good book for beginners. It contains skin and body-care guidelines, covering 55 oils.
The Practitioner Manual covers 350 oils, detailing their chemistry, their properties based on body systems, and it also cross-indexes with safe use and formulation charts, etc.
Please let us know how we can help you on your journey.
How does this course operate?
Will there be any interaction with the instructor or other students during the course?
Tell me more about the student forum. Is it active? Do all students participate?
Can the 300-hour course be completed without the Reference Manual?
One of our students tells people, “I wanted to kick myself for not buying the Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual when I bought my course. It is invaluable and I can’t imagine not having it now. I tell everyone to get a package that includes it if they don’t already own it. That 2-volume set is packed with tons of great information!”
Do you discuss hydrosols? I hear they are very popular lately and I would like to learn more.
Does the course include other print materials that must be purchased?
We may also recommend books from outside sources, like Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals (Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young), depending on your field of study. We will provide personalized recommendations based on your goals, and the reading material will be suggested—not required.
Your course is approved by the NAHA but not the AIA. May I ask why?
Our course is one of the oldest in the United States, and we have been listed by various organizations for many years. The application processes for these organizations constantly change, and we sometimes find that they become complicated or expensive to maintain. That is why we are currently listed on NAHA but not AIA.
I’m out of state/country, and I want to do the 300-hour course without live classes. Is that possible?
Yes, you would just complete the regular Aromatherapy Practitioner Course ( see it here) which is built for independent study.
Are there current students and alumni who would be willing to answer any further questions that I have about the course?
Yes, we have many students who would be happy to share more information about their experience with our courses and programs. Just contact us and we will send you a list!
What is the average time frame for most students to complete the 300-hour course?
This all depends on how much time you put in and your prior knowledge. We had one full-time student complete the work in 2 months, while others take years. There is no limit. This is completely self-paced.
How many hours each week do students typically study?
Is there personal, individualized tutoring along the way?
Yes. You will have access to Sylla, Nyssa, and many others. The APC graduates also mentor the forum. We are always here for you.
Even though the course is self-paced, do the instructors have regular contact with their students to "keep them moving forward" towards completion?
This is mostly accomplished through the forum. We are always here to help motivate you.