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TIPS FOR SHOPPING AROMATHERAPY EDUCATION
- Look for Industry Accreditation
Is the school/teacher a Member in Good Standing of any professional trade associations like NAHA, AIA, IFA, IFPA, IAAMA, (Australia), CFA (Canada)? Are any courses approved for Continuing Education Units?
- Research Teachers Credentials
Where did the teachers study? What are their actual credentials? Can these credentials be verified? How long have they been teaching?
- Unbiased Affiliations
Many schools have favorite essential oil suppliers, but does this school require that students purchase essential oils from them or from any specific supplier?
- What is the Primary Focus of the Curriculum
Does the curriculum follow the Educational Requirements of NAHA or the AIA, for either Level I or Level II? Is the focus on the practice of massage and incorporating aromatherapy into a massage practice? Is the course geared toward licensed health care practitioners like RNs, NDs, DOs, or MDs? Is the course primarily preparation for the manufacturing of products such as skincare, candles or perfume?
- Watch for Red Flags!
The history of essential oils is not ambiguous; essential oils were not used by the Egyptians in 2000 BC, for example. Nor were essential oils mentioned in the bible. Aromatic plants existed, other types of aromatic extracts existed, but essential oils themselves were not used by ancient cultures. If a school can’t get basic history correct – what other more important things might they also get wrong!
- Qualifications upon Graduation
Is there a test required to receive a diploma or certificate of graduation, or do all students receive a certificate of attendance? How many contact hours does the course include and will graduates be properly prepared to sit for the exam to be eligible to apply as a “Registered Aromatherapist™ (RA™), as regulated by the Aromatherapy Registration Council: http://aromatherapycouncil.org/
Does the course explain in advance, the conditions under which any certification is given by the School? It is important to recognize that the practice of Aromatherapy is unlicensed, no certificates allow someone to practice as an Aromatherapist. All practices are under authority of the state, either within the particular discipline of the individual practitioner or as may be allowed under an individual Safe Harbor and/or Health Freedom Law.