Aromatherapy certification is not required to practice aromatherapy in the United States. Plus, no organizations exist that confer any type of official certification. However, a number of education programs offer a completion certificate that confers an unofficial certification.
You can become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) by passing an exam given by the Aromatherapy Registration Council.
The programs listed on this page appear to offer quality training. Aromatherapy certification requirements vary by program, and some offer several levels of certification. If you want to become an RA, make sure the program meets the requirements for taking the exam.
It's your responsibility to check out any training program that interests you to make sure it meets your needs. If you find a problem with a school on this list or know of one I missed, feel free to contact me with details.
American College of Health Care Sciences, Aromatherapy Department offers a range of aromatherapy certificates, diplomas, and degree plans.
Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy offers certification in clinical aromatherapy.
Aroma Hut Institute (aromatherapist Rebecca Park Totilo) offers beginner, professional, and clinical courses.
Aromatic Studies not only offers certification courses online and also has advanced classes and short specialized courses, some of which meet in person.
Heart of Herbs offers Clinical Aromatherapist Certification.
Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy offers certification in clinical aromatherapy.
JennScents Aromatherapy (aromatherapist Jennifer Hochell Pressimone) offers three different certification courses.
OnlineContinuingEd, LLC offers two programs: foundational and professional aromatherapy certification.
Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy (aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD) is one on the longest running (since 1985) certifications programs available.
Other aromatherapy education that may or may not offer certification:
Aromatic Wisdom Institute (aromatherapist Liz Fulcher)
R.J. Buckle Associates offers courses open only to licensed health professionals and massage therapists.
Sedona Aromatherapie (aromatherapist Sharon Falsetto)
Animal aromatherapy courses from Kelly Holland Azzaro.
Also see the NAHA-approved school directory. These schools meet standards set by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.
For training in Canada, see the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists.