Copyright

Aromatherapy Certification and Certificate Programs

Learn about certificate programs in aromatherapy. Discover essential program information and learn about program coursework, career prospects and potential certification options.

View 9 Popular Schools »

Essential Information

Promoting health and well-being through olfactory stimulation is a centuries-old technique. Certificate programs in this field, also called aromatherapy, are available through community colleges and holistic training centers. Students enrolled in these programs learn to apply essential oils and plant extracts to pressure points throughout the body. They also develop abilities for enhancing or stimulating a customer's mood and physical well-being. Aromatherapy students may concurrently study holistic health, homeopathy and acupuncture. They are usually no educational prerequisites for enrolling in an aromatherapy certificate program. While professional aromatherapy certifications are not available, professionals can become registered aromatherapists by enlisting with the Aromatherapy Registration Council.

Program Coursework

Students enrolled in an aromatherapy certificate program learn how skin absorbs scents and how smell is processed by the brain. They also learn to test for allergic reactions. Advanced studies center on the nervous and lymphatic systems. Other key topics of study include:

  • Foundations in aromatherapy
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pressure points within the body
  • Emotional and physical effects of scent therapy
  • Safety procedures in aromatherapy
  • Perfumes and oils
  • Essential oil blending techniques
  • Reflexology, massage and hot rock therapy

Career Prospects and Salary Info

Earning a certificate in aromatherapy may bolster a career in homeopathic medicine, massage therapy, psychology or nursing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were roughly 154,000 employed massage therapists in 2010; that number was projected to grow 20% in the 2010-2020 decade. As of 2012, massage therapists earned a median of $35,970 per year. Students who have completed a certificate program in aromatherapy may also work as:

  • Perfume developers
  • Clinical aromatherapists
  • Aromatherapy instructors
  • Day spa or holistic retreat workers
  • Essential oil vendors

Professional Certification Information

While students cannot become certified aromatherapists, they can professionally register through the Aromatherapy Registration Council (www.aromatherapycouncil.org). To qualify for the designation, applicants must have completed at least 200 hours of aromatherapy training at a National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy-accredited school. Upon meeting preliminary requirements, applicants must pass an organization-sponsored qualifying exam. Educational resources are also available through the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (www.alliance-aromatherapists.org).

Show me popular schools

Related to Aromatherapy Certificate

  • Related
  • Recently Updated
  • Popular
Online Aromatherapy Degree Program Overviews

While degree programs in holistic health or massage therapy incorporate aromatherapy as part of their curricula, students can...

List of Free Online Aromatherapy Courses and Classes

See our list of the top free online aromatherapy courses. Learn what courses are available and what topics they cover to find...

Top Schools for Aromatherapy - Alternative Medicine

Read about alternative medicine programs in aromatherapy, which is the use of natural oils and scents to promote physical and...

Career Information for a Degree in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of highly concentrated aromatic compounds derived from plants, otherwise known as essential oils, in...

Aromatherapy Associate's Degree Program Information

Popular Schools

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    • Eligibility and relevancy of sample programs below will vary by article and program
    School locations:
    • Online Learning
    • Arizona (3 campuses)
    • California (16)
    • Colorado (3)
    • Florida (6)
    • Georgia (5)
    • Illinois (7)
    • Indiana (2)
    • Maryland (1)
    • Michigan (1)
    • Minnesota (1)
    • Missouri (2)
    • North Carolina (2)
    • New Jersey (3)
    • Nevada (1)
    • New York (2)
    • Ohio (4)
    • Oklahoma (1)
    • Oregon (1)
    • Pennsylvania (4)
    • Tennessee (2)
    • Texas (7)
    • Utah (1)
    • Virginia (3)
    • Washington (3)
    • Wisconsin (1)

    Online and Classroom-Based Programs

    What is your classroom preference?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • A minimum 2.0 GPA
    • Submit high school transcript(s)
    • Submit college transcript(s) (if applicable)
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Which degree level do you plan to pursue?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must complete an application online and submit transcripts for their highest degree earned.
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    • Currently not accepting applications from Texas residents
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    Which subject are you interested in?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or higher
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    What is your highest level of education?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Admissions Requirements Vary By Campus
    School locations:
    • Arizona (4 campuses)
    • Colorado (2 campuses)
    • Connecticut (3)
    • Florida (5)
    • Illinois (3)
    • Massachusetts (1)
    • Maryland (1)
    • New Jersey (2)
    • Nevada (1)
    • Pennsylvania (2)
    • Texas (2)
    • Utah (2)
    • Virginia (1)
    • Washington (2)

    Classroom-Based Programs

    • Non-Degree
        • Esthetics (Skin Care)
        • Massage Therapy

    What is your highest earned degree?

  • Minimum eligibility requirements:
    • Must be a high school graduate or have completed GED
    School locations:
    • Online Learning

    Online Programs

    • Master
        • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare

    What is your highest level of education?

Other Schools:

  • School locations:
    • Texas (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Texas Christian University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Diploma
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Alternative Medicine
        • Movement Therapies
      • Communication Disorders Sciences
      • Health and Fitness
      • Medical Diagnostic and Treatment Professions
      • Nursing Professions
      • Nutrition Services

Popular Schools

Avg. Wages For Related Jobs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics