What's involved in getting your Aromatherapy Certification Online

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Jenny Williams

Thinking about getting your aromatherapy certification online?

If you love essential oils and want to learn how to use them on a deeper level, aromatherapy certification is a rewarding path that might be perfect for you! 

Why get certified?

Certification can enhance your: 

  • Safety 
    by providing peace of mind that your blends will not cause allergic reactions or other unintended effects 

  • Creativity 
    by allowing you to break away from following recipes and build confidence to create your own custom blends for a wide variety of wellness-supporting purposes

  • Therapeutic benefits 
    by helping you learn which oils to choose, what to combine them with, and which application method to use to gain effective natural support for specific wellness issues 

  • Enjoyment
    by giving you a deeper sense of each oil’s complexity, aroma, uses and benefits, and unique beauty

Certification can take your use of essential oils to the next level, no matter what your goals may be.

Who can benefit from certification? 

Aromatherapy certification has applications that go far beyond working with essential oils as a career. Because they are so complex, an in-depth education about how and why essential oils work can tremendously increase their benefits in your life. 

  • Are you always making aromatherapy blends for yourself, friends, and family and want to ensure they are both safe and effective?

  • Do you (or a family member or friend) have a wellness concern that you’re looking to address using natural, plant-based strategies? 

  • Have you daydreamed about starting your own aromatherapy business?

  • Do you work in a wellness field and want to add a new way to help clients and earn additional income using essential oils? 

  • Do you love essential oils and want to understand how and why they work so you can appreciate them on a deeper level? 

  • Do you want to make essential oils a bigger part of your life but feel stuck in a rut and unsure of how to get all the information you need to make it happen?

If you can say yes to any of those questions, aromatherapy certification can give you the confidence, credibility, and opportunities you’ve been looking for. 

The benefits of online certification 

If you’re like many of our students, your life is already filled with a variety of responsibilities and demands on your time, between family, friendships, work, hobbies, pets, volunteering, or any combination of the things that keep you busy. The beauty of learning online is that it fits within your schedule, no matter what your schedule may be. It can also connect you to the top experts in any industry from the comfort and safety of your own home, regardless of where you might happen to live. 

Before the pandemic hit, education was already moving online—even at Ivy League institutions! Now that avoiding crowds is so important to our well-being, online learning is playing an even bigger role.

When you’re learning online, all you need is an internet connection and any amount of time at any hour of the day. Some of our students dedicate 15 mins a day to their studies, while others dedicate one day per week. It’s completely up to you!

And at Aromahead, learning at your own pace doesn’t have to mean learning alone! Our certified instructors are always available to answer questions or cheer you on. And we regularly offer challenge events to help students complete certification with a group of dedicated students who are committed to learning at the same pace. The challenges include weekly live events, emails, assignments, and encouragement to help you make steady progress and complete your course. 

What’s involved in getting certified online? 

Aromahead’s online certification program includes 235 hours of instruction that’s broken up into a short orientation and 7 in-depth lessons. Each lesson builds a deeper understanding about how and why essential oils work, down to the chemical component level. 

You’ll also get helpful step-by-step instructions for making a wide variety of all-natural products, from healing salves to hand soaps. 

You’ll benefit from hands-on instructor guidance as you conduct research on your chosen aromatherapy topic and complete case studies that will help you gain hands-on, practical experience. While the research project and case studies are not required to benefit from the course material, they are required as the final steps before receiving your official, industry-recognized certification. 

Since everyone learns differently, we offer instruction in a number of helpful formats, including: 

  • Written lessons that you can download and print

  • Blending videos to give you a fuller classroom experience

  • Pre-recorded webinars to walk you through the information step by step

  • Activities to help you develop your skills through hands-on practice 

  • Conversation with other students and instructors on the Aromahead Forum

The more actively you can engage in all of your learning channels, the more thoroughly you'll absorb the lesson material.

The good news is that you can refer back to your materials as often as you’d like, even after completing the course. Since aromatherapy research is ever-evolving, you’ll also receive access to any updates we make to course materials.

Since students learn at their own pace, the time it takes to complete the course will vary. Some students finish the Aromatherapy Certification Program in just a few months, while others take a year or more.

Why Select the Aromahead Institute?

  • The Aromahead Institute's Aromatherapy Certification Program (ACP) has been paving the way for essential oil education since 1998, when it was established by globally renowned aromatherapist Andrea Butje. In the years since, the ACP has become a trusted guide for thousands of students from over 170 nations, each seeking a solid foundation in the therapeutic application of essential oils. Endorsed by industry heavyweights such as the AIA, NAHA, and IFPA, our certification program is truly in a class of its own.

  • Our curriculum distinguishes itself by maintaining exacting standards for science and research, coupled with committed instructor support. We pride ourselves on our ability to translate intricate aromatherapy science into clear, digestible content that can be grasped by learners of all backgrounds and experience levels.

  • Beyond academics, Aromahead fosters a warm, supportive environment for students and teachers alike, facilitating connections that often blossom into meaningful relationships. A testament to this is the bond formed by filmmakers Kristina Bauer and Angie Ehmke, who first met at Aromahead and are now partnering on an aromatherapy film project!

  • Upon your enrollment, you'll gain access to the all-encompassing ACP, which provides a rich foundation in aromatherapy. We continually update our course content to ensure you are equipped with the latest research on essential oils and specialized topics, like aromatherapy for animals, further enhancing your learning experience.

  • Moreover, enrollment grants you complimentary access to the Anatomy & Physiology class at Aromahead. This extra knowledge about the human body will further enhance your understanding of the therapeutic impact of essential oils.

  • We also offer you access to our online forum. As part of your journey with us, you'll gain access to our vibrant online forum. This community space offers a platform for you to interact, ask questions, share accomplishments, and connect with fellow aromatherapists, instructors, and enthusiasts alike. This nurturing environment is dedicated to supporting your exploration and growth within the world of essential oils.

What our students say about online certification.

"I loved the constant support and encouragement from everyone at Aromahead! I truly felt like I was talking with my friends. Their feedback and suggestions were always on point."- LARAE WISTE

Aromatherapy Certification Program Graduate

"If you haven't been in school in a while, you will find this is the type of learning experience you can readily understand." - DEBRAH NADLER

Aromatherapy Certification Program Graduate

"The whole Aromahead community is great, and everyone is always ready to help others.
I really like the open-mindedness of the people and highly recommend this school to all those who wish to become an aromatherapist." - MIRIAM SENAY

Aromatherapy Certification Program Graduate

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