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How To Become A Certified Aromatherapist? Detailed Guide On How To

In this article we dive into how to become a certified aromatherapist. At a Lyon laboratory in 1910, a studious chemist frantically grabbed a liquid and poured it onto his scorched hands. One of his experiments had ended up in literal smoke as an explosion had ensued. In a few days, Rene-Maurice Gattefosse was astonished to realize that his hands were healing much better than anticipated. This eye-opening moment in history uncovered the therapeutic abilities of lavender oil, which was the liquid used by Gattefosse after the explosion. The industrious French chemist dug deeper into essential oils and by 1935, he had successfully coined the term ‘aromatherapy’.

A person preparing essential oils with fresh lavender flowers and a dropper bottle in an aromatherapy setting

There is clear evidence to show that the use of aromatic plants and extracts therein dated back to ancient times. The Ancient Egyptians were especially partial to using fragrant plants in their embalming rituals while the Chinese have used aromatic herbs for medicinal purposes for over 3000 years. Even the Bible features several references to aromatherapy, with one of the most famous being when sick people were anointed with oil.

The Golden Age of aromatherapy that began in the 1900s was characterized by an incessant quest for knowledge as more scientists entered the pioneering field in search of understanding. Aromatherapy has come a long way, and many have found passion in the artful practice. In this respect, a host of eager learners all over the world are seeking to become certified aromatherapists.

A certified aromatherapist is an individual who has successfully completed a training program in aromatherapy and has been duly recognized by a professional organization. In order to become certified, one must have a thorough understanding of the chemistry of essential oils and the physiology of the human body. Aromatherapists use this knowledge to safely and effectively treat their clients with aromatic preparations.

The main reason why you should become certified is because it will allow you to practice aromatherapy professionally. When you are certified, you will be able to work in a variety of settings such as spas, salons, hospitals, clinics, and even in your own home business. In addition, being certified shows that you are a competent and knowledgeable practitioner who is able to provide quality care to your clients.

Becoming certified will also give you access to a variety of resources that can help you in your practice. These resources include professional organizations, aromatherapy journals, and other publications. You will also be able to network with other aromatherapists, which can be valuable in terms of sharing information and ideas.

Finally, becoming certified will simply make you a better aromatherapist. The process of studying for and taking the certification exam will force you to really learn and understand the material, which will in turn make you a more skilled practitioner.

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Julie Fischer and her mum Joy Watson(Founders at Joyessence)

We spoke to our good friend Ms. Julie Fischer, a professional aromatherapy trainer at Joyessence Aromatherapy Centre Inc. for over 20 years.

Julie Fischer is a Registered Nurse, Certified Occupational Health Nurse, and Clinical Educator. Julie took her aromatherapy training at Joyessence in 2004, after experiencing the healing effects of essential oils firsthand when antibiotics alone weren’t working to treat a bout of pneumonia. As Wellness coordinator at a large hospital Julie introduced aromatherapy to hospital staff as part of their Wellness program. She was the recipient of the Trillium Nursing Practice Award in 2015 and has been a guest speaker at wellness conferences across Canada. Julie served as the Director of Education for the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists from 2017-2019 and is currently a member of their Education Committee. As a health and Safety professional Julie is dedicated to the safe and effective use of essential oils for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual application.

Organic Aromas: Since 1996, your school has been training people in aromatherapy offering approved certification. Please tell us why your family ventured into this field

Julie: Aromatherapy practice and teaching naturally found my mom, Joy. Back in 1984, she was working as a massage therapist at a wellness Spa where she was first introduced to essential oils. It was not long before she noticed the results with aroma massage exceeded the benefits of regular massage. 

Since then, essential oils became an integral part of her practice, led her to start a business in the field, and they were also a staple in our families first aid kit. In 1986, my mom made me pregnancy blends using mandarin, geranium & sandalwood essential oils to help deal with the side effects, including stretch marks, and I was pleasantly surprised to see my daughter had been born with perfect skin, which I attribute still to this day to the oils. However, for me, it wasn’t until 1989 when I had pneumonia that I experienced their true potential firsthand.

Although, I had enjoyed the aroma and use of the oils, as a nurse, I was still skeptical of their therapeutic properties. However, after 2 failed rounds of antibiotics and having lost 20 lbs, I found myself unable to get out of bed to look after my daughter and I called my mom in desperation. She quickly came to Toronto to visit me and with her essential oil first aid kit to treat me. Within a few days I was out of bed and able to resume care of my family thanks to daily massages with a blend that included lavender and frankincense. The immediate benefit the essential oils had were undeniably remarkable.

Interest from clients and fellow massage therapists lead my mom to begin teaching workshops and then after joining the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) Joyessence was created in 1996. I completed my training with Joyessence in 2000 and introduced aromatherapy to the hospital where I worked as part of our wellness program for the staff in 2004. As an occupational health nurse and clinical educator my transition from the hospital to Joyessence was a natural fit.

Organic Aromas: What does it mean to become a certified aromatherapist? What sets them apart from other practitioners of aromatherapy who do not have formal training?

Julie: To become a certified aromatherapist, students must complete a minimum of 400 hours of training. At Joyessence, our coursework covers essential oil chemistry, application methods and uses including how to formulate products, contraindications, anatomy, physiology, and pathology. The curriculum follows standards that have been set by international associations (CFA/NAHA/IFA/CAOA) of which Joyessence has long standing accreditation to. Keeping association standards, ensure that graduates maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity in their business endeavors.

Joyessence graduates therefore benefit from having an in-depth understanding of essential oils, their therapeutic properties, and safe uses and how they can be used in a variety of settings. Without the research and empirical evidence provided in accredited courses, untrained individuals using essential oils can cause harm to themselves or others, which would be akin to self-medicating without a prescription.

Organic Aromas: Can anyone enroll in your courses to get certification?

Julie: Yes, we have students from all over the world take our course and we benefit from their regional insights that come through their coursework. We have pharmacists, naturopaths, nurses, massage therapists, beauty experts, and people of all backgrounds who train with us.

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Organic Aromas: What are the basic educational requirements?

Julie: While there are no educational requirements for students to study aromatherapy, having the desire to help others has been a key asset in the success of our students.

Organic Aromas: In your years of experience in the area of aromatherapy training, do people have a bigger appetite for aromatherapy knowledge?

Julie: Absolutely. We are fortunate to be one of Canada’s first schools, and essential oils and aromatherapy have gained momentum and have become more popular commercially. We have seen an increase in the number of medical professionals wanting to add aromatherapy to their professional tool kits.

Organic Aromas: Compared to when you first started, has the topic ‘aromatherapy’ been demystified enough?

Julie: Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for improving or maintaining health and beauty. We continue to advocate the need for training and what aromatherapy is used for, however, the term “aromatherapy” is often misused and misrepresented by marketers of various products in the mainstream market.

Organic Aromas: Talk to us about the courses you offer at your school and how people can find you (online and offline).

Julie: That’s a great question! I would say, our most popular aromatherapy course is our certification training. It consists of Module 1: Materia Aromatica & Module 2: Anatomy & Physiology which can be done online, but we still have one-on-one sessions with students. The advantage of online education is that you can set your own schedule and pace from the comfort of your home. Our student-focused model of learning means we are here for our students every step of the way. Our certification training includes an interactive learning tool, Quizlet, with over 100 study sets to enhance our students learning experience. We are pleased to be the only school that has a research library, but also host webinars, mini courses, and presentations with our students on an array of topics. More information on our courses can be found on our website:

Organic Aromas: As a respected/notable international aromatherapy training centre, what are your future plans?

Julie: As Canada’s leader in Essential Oil training and education, we are always working to stay at the cutting edge of research and the safe use of Essential Oils. We look forward to continued growth internationally and expanding our research library. 

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Organic Aromas has over the years made the dreams of eager learners come true by offering aromatherapy scholarships. If you have a love or interest for this practice, do not hesitate to apply. Get trained by the best instructors in aromatherapy and become a certified professional, for details, visit

If you are not sure where to begin, to become a certified aromatherapist, worry no more. In partnership with Joyessence, we have awesome aromatherapy courses for you no matter where you are in the world. Our aromatherapy courses are highly affordable and meet the requisite standards for quality. To learn more about the courses, visit Our Courses

When you become a certified aromatherapist, you will have the perfect opportunity to express your art fully and bring much needed holistic wellness to people. Aromatherapy is rewarding in more ways than one. It gives you a chance to influence and make an impact, one client at a time. Aromatherapy affords you the chance to showcase the therapeutic potential that nature has bestowed on humanity. Ultimately, it is all about healing and beauty. As Robert Tisserand puts it, “Aromatherapy conveys the concept of healing with aromatic substances.”

What qualifications do I need to start training in aromatherapy?

Generally, a high school diploma is sufficient to enroll in most aromatherapy certification programs, although some may have additional prerequisites.

How long does it take to become certified in aromatherapy?

The duration varies by program, but typically ranges from a few months to over a year, depending on the depth of training and whether you study part-time or full-time.

What types of courses are included in aromatherapy certification programs?

Courses often cover topics like the fundamentals of essential oils, methods of application, anatomy, physiology, and blending techniques, among others.

Are there online courses available for aromatherapy certification?

Yes, many reputable institutions offer online certification courses, allowing flexibility for students from various geographic locations. Joyessence Aromatherapy Center is a great choice.

What costs are involved in becoming a certified aromatherapist?

Costs can range widely depending on the institution, length of the program, and whether the course is in-person or online. Additional expenses may include materials like essential oils and blending tools.

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  1. I’ve tried aroma’s but my sinuses have such a hard time with them. I guess I’m super sensitive or something. I usually get a headache or sneeze my head off LOL

  2. I never heard of such a training but it makes so much sense, particularly in the health care field, it would be a bonus to have to your practice for holistic health practices.

  3. Now this is the type of stuff I want to learn in school! I wish they taught us this as an elective in college. Trust me, I’d have a Masters in it if they did! Thanks for sharing this! Great piece!

  4. I like aromatherapy as much as the next person but I honestly think it’s too much effort to get a certification. I know I wouldn’t go out of my way to find someone that’s certified for advice

  5. good info, I like this In order to become certified, one must have a thorough understanding of the chemistry of essential oils and the physiology of the human body. Aromatherapists use this knowledge to safely and effectively treat their clients with aromatic preparations

  6. I honestly never knew that certified aromatherapists existed. I think this could be a great addition to any holistic or naturopathic practice. The tide is turning in heathcare and I would love to see more healthcare practitioners work with aromatherapists in their practice. 400 hours of training is a LOT of knowledge to bring to the wellness space.

  7. Prior to learning about Organic Aromas, following you guys on social media, and digging pretty deep into your blogs and any information I could get…I would have never imagined I’d find myself interested in essential oils on the level I am now and even moreso in learning more and eventually educating others on the many benefits of them! This really got my wheels turning, thank you!

  8. If there is something I have learned from reading Organic Aromas blog all this time is that there is a LOT to learn about aromatherapy and its intricacies. I didn’t know what it takes to become a aromatherapist so this was a very interesting read. Thanks!

  9. Essential oils have helped my anxiety and insomnia. I would love to learn more to address the depression and lack of motivation. Pharmaceuticals have helped but I’m still in a really bad place.

  10. I wish I could have become a Aromatherapist earlier in my life. Yes, it’s not too late yet. But until my finances are in better shape I will have to wait a little longer.

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