Memberships & Industry Recognition

Memberships & Industry Recognition


ACHS is continually working to improve educational standards and industry support for our Students and Graduates by maintaining and fostering strong ties to the natural health community. Don't forget to also review information on our accreditation and other approvals.


Industry Memberships and Recognition  
Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA): ACHS is a Recognized School of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, providing accredited, online clinical aromatherapy programs that meet and exceed AIA’s extensive Level II and III professional clinical aromatherapy curriculum and practice standards for aromatherapy training at the clinical level as reviewed by independent evaluators of the AIA Education Committee.

American Herbalists Guild (AHG): Master Herbalist graduates are eligible for professional membership once they have met the AHG clinical requirement, available through the AHG mentorship program.

American Holistic Health Association: ACHS is a Gold Circle Supporting Institutional Member of AHHA.

Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC): Graduates of the Certificate in Aromatherapy, Diploma in Aromatherapy, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with Aromatherapy Specialization, and the Master of Science in Aromatherapy will have completed more than 200 hours of clinical aromatherapy training and are eligible to sit for the National Examination in Aromatherapy sponsored by ARC to become Registered Aromatherapists. Successful exam candidates earn the trademarked designation R.A.

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP): Certificate in Aromatherapy and Diploma in Aromatherapy students are approved for student liability insurance; Certificate in Aromatherapy and Diploma in Aromatherapy graduates are approved for practitioner liability insurance. Students and Graduates must apply.

Herb Growing and Marketing Network: ACHS is a Sponsor of the Herb Growing and Marketing Network.

International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades: ACHS is an approved member of IFEAT, further evidencing our dedication to supporting sustainability and fair trade of essential oils and to providing comprehensive resources with the latest aromatherapy research for ACHS’s professional aromatherapy programs.

International Iridology Practitioners Association: ACHS anatomy and physiology training is approved for iridology certification.

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA): ACHS offers NAHA-Approved Level One and Level Two aromatherapy programs. NAHA is also planning a Level Three Clinical Aromatherapy Certification training level that ACHS will submit qualifying programs for when available. ACHS already offers AIA-recognized Level Three professional aromatherapy programs. Learn more about the NAHA standards ACHS program meet online here.

Level One Foundations Aromatherapy: AROMA 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy

Level Two Professional Aromatherapy Certification programs: Certificate in Aromatherapy, Diploma in Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with Aromatherapy Specialization degree program, Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy, Master of Science in Aromatherapy degree program.

National Association of Nutrition Professionals: The HNCB is a division of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). NANP Professional Members who meet the board examination qualification criteria and successfully pass the Board Exam will earn the designation, "Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition," and can call themselves a Nutrition Professional. Graduates of the following programs are eligible to sit the exam: Diploma in Holistic Health Practice, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Associate of Applied Science in Health & Wellness, Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition; Master of Science in Health and Wellness; and Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine. For more information, including a list of Board Exam eligibility criteria please visit nanp.org or contact them at (800) 342-8037. All courses offered by ACHS, as an NANP school, count as Category I continuing education credits for the 10 required hours of continuing education required each year for NANP Nutrition Professionals. For more information, including a list of Board Exam eligibility criteria please visit nanp.org/hncb or call (800) 342-8037 or email exam@hncb.org.

Natural Products Association (NPA): ACHS is a member of this trade association which represents the natural products industry. NPA promotes the growth and success of the industry through the establishment of industry standards and ethical business practices.

Oregon Business: ACHS is a member of this trade association which represents the natural products industry. Oregon Business Magazine ranked ACHS as #6 on the 2016 list of the 100 Best Green Companies to Work For in Oregon.

PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, and protest campaigns.

United Plant Savers: ACHS is a member of the Partners in Education Network. Students and graduates are eligible for membership.

Certified B Corporation®: ACHS became a Certified B Corporation® in 2016. Certified B Corporations like ACHS meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability and operate with a clear mission to benefit the communities they serve. Since 1978, ACHS has been committed to sustainable practices for the environment and in our business practices. ACHS Founder and President Dorene Petersen started ACHS with a mission to make holistic health and wellness education accessible to our global community, giving everyone the opportunity to lead healthier and happier lives.