We are asked all the time about certification for our courses and thought we should put something up for you on our thoughts surrounding "certification".
Currently there are no levels of government in Canada, municipal, provincial or federal, that recognize aromatherapy as a profession. So there are no governmental bodies that regulate it either for training or practicing. There are however, a number of organizations in Canada that have been trying to promote the aspect of professionalizing standards for "aromatherapists", we think in the hopes of one day becoming recognized as a profession. We have listed several of these websites below for your information; please check them out for yourself.
The Apothecary in Inglewood has not applied to any of these organizations for "approval" of the classes we offer, nor do we know if they would be accepted. What is offered at The Apothecary are aromatherapy classes designed for people who want accurate information about how to use essential oils from a perspective of safety, efficacy and efficiency. The information presented in our First Steps Aromatherapy and Level 1 Aromatherapy courses comes from our instructor, Jean Channon-Simpson's 25 years of training, being a practitioner, and as an adult educator of the aromatherapy course that was offered through the continuing education program at Mount Royal College (these classes are no longer offered at Mount Royal University).
We do not have exams, tests or grading stresses – just the pure joy of learning how to use essential oils safely, effectively and efficiently to gain their powerful benefits for yourself, your friends and your family.
What we do provide is a certificate of attendance for our First Steps Aromatherapy and Level 1 Aromatherapy classes, indicating the amount of hours spent in class as well as the modules covered. You may present this certificate as proof of completion and many organizations accept the hours towards CEU credits.
The Apothecary courses we teach just might suit your needs!
Here are the websites for associations/organizations that we are aware of that are connected to aromatherapy:
Natural Health Practitioners Of Canada Association
Canadian Alliance of Aromatherapy
Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Alliance of International Aromatherapists
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists
We look forward to sharing our knowledge and experience with you.