We see people looking to take aromatherapy courses for SO many reasons. Some are looking for a way to enhance their life and develop a deep comprehensive understanding of oils. Others want to start a new career or offer more to their client/patients in their current career. Many are looking at aromatherapy as alternative medicine. Many want to move away from unnatural products and allopathic medicine and want to study aromatherapy for their personal use.
If you are wondering how to become a certified aromatherapist, you’ll be happy to hear that this community is welcoming, kind, strong and very cool. We’ll be the first to say, “Welcome and join us on this awesome journey!”
We’ve been teaching aromatherapy for decades, and we were once as new to it as you are now. We have experienced awful dangerous training and wonderful aromatherapy training as well. So we really know both sides of the coin. Here’s some advice for becoming a certified aromatherapist.
Find an Aromatherapy School
While it’s possible to delve into essential oils without taking aromatherapy classes, it really is not a great thing to do. Aromatherapy is moving more and more toward Aromatic Medicine and the first step is to become certified. So, you’ll need to find an aromatherapy school. A Google search reveals countless options. How do you know which to choose?
Trust yourself and find an aromatherapy school you connect with. You may prefer an aromatherapy school that you can attend in person. There are some wonderful online classes out there (including our own–coming soon!) and those are great for staying inspired and keeping informed. Many students connect best to a hands-on experience. Actually, we agree with this. These aromatherapy students are looking for a deep connection with the oils as well as their classmates. They love the synergy and the energy that happens in the group.
Regardless of whether or not you take online aromatherapy classes or you study at a brick and mortar school, make sure the aromatherapy school is reputable with qualified teachers. The classes you choose should be NAHA approved or AIA approved, which means the curriculum meets standards for professional aromatherapy education. Make sure the teachers are experienced in both education and in the field of aromatherapy. This includes experience in chemistry, and anatomy and physiology.
Take an Aromatherapy Certification Class
An Aromatherapy Certification Program allows you to become officially certified in aromatherapy. At Stillpoint, the class is 250 hours split up over 3 time periods (a total of 15 days in the classroom). Actually, we have just revamped our program to prepare our students for any path they choose to embark on in aromatherapy. You’ll study over 75 different essential oils, review a 300 page custom manual, and complete 10 case studies. A midterm and final test, along with a research paper, make sure you meet all the requirements for graduation. It may sound complicated, but don’t worry. You’ll learn alongside other like-minded students and your teachers will help you along the way! It is really an awesome journey.
Some classes (like ours) also give you credits towards other programs. Our Aromatherapy Certification Program gives graduated 50 NCBTMB CEUs (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Continuing Education Units) so this can be useful if you want to use your knowledge in a massage business.
Sign up to Become a Certified Aromatherapist
The last step is to just go for it. Aromatherapy classes are intensive, but they’re not intimidating. Many of our students come to class nervous or unsure of what to expect, but they’re always inspired and energized by the end of the first day. Aromatherapy courses are like retreats. It’s calming and beautiful spending all day around oils and blending hands-on. It is quite humbling to work with Nature in this sacred way.