One of the most exciting things about Aromatherapy is that there is always something new to learn, whether it’s about individual oils, blending methods, precautions, or the science behind them… And a great way to discover this information is through certification. Getting certified not only provides you with useful knowledge and tips, but helps keep you safe as well.
There are several different options for getting certified, including online and in-person courses. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) has a list of approved programs and schools.
Generally speaking, NAHA approved courses have two levels of certification to choose from. In Level 1, which takes approximately 50 hours, you learn the fundamentals of Aromatherapy (history, science and application), create mixes and samples, perform case studies and take quizzes. This level is completed by writing a research paper about an Aromatherapy topic of your choosing. Level 1 is a great option if you are looking to get certified for personal use.
Level 2 is 150 hours of work (200 if you include Level 1), and is meant for people who would like to start an Aromatherapy practice or distribute their own blends. All of the same components of Level 1 are in this level, just to a greater extent.
Another type of certification is for teaching your own classes. Intended for participation after completing Level 2, this type of course allows you to pass on your knowledge and experience. Here you will learn teaching techniques, as well as the proper way to respond to inquiries.
If you decide to go through certification, it’s still recommended that you meet with a doctor prior to using essential oils, particularly if you’re planning on using them for medicinal purposes, such as combatting asthma or high blood pressure.