Completion of a minimum of 200 hours of a Level 2 program in aromatherapy from a college or school that is in compliance with the current National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) AND Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) Educational Guidelines OR evidence of equivalent training (transcripts and/or syllabi must be enclosed with Application). A determination of equivalency shall be made by the ARC™ Board in its sole reasonable discretion
Hold current membership in either NAHA or AIA (provide proof of membership with Application)
Agreement to adhere to the ARC™ Disciplinary Policy
Completion and filing of the Candidate Consent Form
Completion and filing of Application for ARC™ Registration Examination in Aromatherapy
In order to be and remain eligible for registration, an individual must be in compliance with the ARC™ Disciplinary Policy as well as all other ARC™ standards, policies, and procedures. Registration is recognized for a maximum period of five (5) years. To maintain registration candidates have the option to retake and pass the then-current Registration Examination or to meet continuing education requirements as outlined below.
If you choose to renew by examination, contact Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) at 212-356-0660 or download a Handbook and Application for Candidates. If reregistering by examination, the exam must be completed and test results available prior to the expiration of your registration.
Directions: To apply for reregistration through continuing education, 100 contact hours (CH) of continuing education related to aromatherapy practice must be submitted for consideration. All CH must have been completed within the five years prior to the candidate's registration renewal date and may be accumulated in any combination of continuing education programs.
100 CH are equal to 100 actual hours made up from a continuing education offering provided by any approved educational body or organization, or by a NAHA or AIA approved school or educator. Training in Raindrop Therapy or Aroma Touch Therapy1 will not be considered as this is not approved as a safe administration method by ARC™.
The offerings can include:
Aromatherapy related workshops or seminars
five CH for a two-page Aromatherapy related article to be published in our Newsletter
Aromatherapy professional development offerings
Distance-education or online courses with a focus on aromatherapy
Aromatherapy state or national conferences
NAHA or AIA approved aromatherapy academic courses
The preparation and one presentation of a professional education topic relevant to aromatherapy
An original article written by the candidate and published in a professional journal closely related to aromatherapy
Also the following ARC ™ test development activities can count towards continuing education:
participation in a one-day ARC™ item review session = 8 contact hours
submission of 10 multiple-choice test questions submitted to PTC = 5 contact hours
If the continuing education is listed by credits, each individual academic credit will be considered as ten (10) CH and may be at undergraduate or graduate level.
All applications are subject to audit and may be randomly selected for verification of the information provided.
Candidates whose applications are selected for audit will be notified in writing on receipt of Application. In the event of an audit, candidates will be requested to document all entries, and to provide copies of certificates.
All program information must be listed on the Application for ARC™ Reregistration through Continuing Education and must include date, program, course, activity, title, description, provider or sponsor, and number of CH awarded. If criteria are acceptable, a new five-year certificate will be issued to the RA.
1The term "Raindrop Therapy" refers to "Raindrop Therapy, Raindrop Technique" or "Aroma Touch" and any other therapies similar to "Raindrop Therapy, Raindrop Technique" or "Aroma Touch" that involve the use of neat essential oils on the skin by its Registered Aromatherapists. For more information please read the Statement of Policy Against Raindrop Therapy.
Application for ARC™ Reregistration through Continuing Education