Aromatherapy Professional Pathways
An aromatherapy certificate, diploma or degree provides graduates with useful skills that may enhance a current career path or offer opportunity to work in the holistic health and wellness community, however, graduation from an aromatherapy program does not convey any sort of license to practice.
Currently, there are no licensing requirements for aromatherapists in the United States. There are memberships and registration options in the industry, including:
- Registration with the Aromatherapy Registration Council
- Alliance of International Aromatherapists’ Professional Membership
- NAHA Professional Membership
Note: Aromatherapists may not claim to treat, diagnose, or cure any illness, because doing so may be considered practicing medicine without a license and a violation of State Medical Practice Acts.
ACHS offers programs perfect for anyone at any step of their education and career journey.
Want to learn more about professional pathways? Contact the ACHS Director of Alumni and Career Services Amy Swinehart or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aromatherapy Registration Council
ACHS graduates of qualifying programs are eligible to sit for the ARC’s national aromatherapy registration exam. Successful exam candidates earn the trademarked designation R.A.
Qualifying ACHS programs as of August 2021 include:
- Certificate in Aromatherapy*
- Diploma in Aromatherapy
- Associate of Applied Science in Integrative Health Sciences with Aromatherapy Specialization (formerly Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine)
- Graduate Certificate in Aromatherapy*
- Master of Science in Aromatherapy
- Master of Science in Integrative Health Sciences with Aromatherapy Electives (formerly Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine)**
Exam Eligibility Requirements as of July 20, 2021:
- 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 National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) Educational Guidelines, OR evidence of equivalent training (transcripts and/or syllabi must be enclosed with Application). A determination of equivalency shall be made by the ARC™ Board in its sole reasonable discretion.
- Current membership in either NAHA or AIA.
- Agreement to adhere to the ARC Disciplinary Policy.
- Completion and filing of Application for ARC Registration Examination in Aromatherapy.
- Payment of required fees.
RAs are also required to complete continuing education hours (CEUs) and re-certify every five years.
Want to know more? Visit http://aromatherapycouncil.org/ for more information.
Alliance of International Aromatherapists
ACHS graduates of qualifying programs are eligible for professional membership with the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.
National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy
ACHS graduates of qualifying programs are eligible for professional membership with the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy
Ready to advance your career in aromatherapy?