Aromatherapy Courses

Aromatherapy 101 is the starting point and lays down a really good foundation. For some this is as far as they want to go. Others who are more serious about their studies and who want to learn more move on to Aromatherapy 201. Each course has an exam and exam requirements, successful completion of which results in the applicable certificate. Both exams are set up as 100 multiple choice question exam and for Aromatherapy 101 there is the additional requirement of an essay, while for Aromatherapy 201 there are the additional requirements of a research paper and case studies.  All of these are well explained and covered in the course material and workbook.

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  • The Aromatherapy 101 Course – our basic aromatherapy course.
  • The Aromatherapy 201 Course - this course that builds on the knowledge already gained in the Aromatherapy 101 Course. Prerequisite Aromatherapy 101.
  • Full Professional Course – take advantage of purchasing both the Aromatherapy 101 course and Aromatherapy 201 course at the same time and receive a discount.

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A Certificate is awarded on the successful completion of each course and is specific to that course. Completion of Aromatherapy 101 (rated at 170 hours) and Aromatherapy 201 (rated at 440 hours) is generally required for those who wish to join one of the Aromatherapy Associations as a Professional Member. Please note that while none of our massage options are a requirement for our successful Aromatherapy 201 graduates to receive a Certificate from West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy recognizing them as an “Aromatherapist”, we do offer graduates of our Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201 and one of our massage options the opportunity to receive a Diploma in Aromatherapy to recognize that they have completed a massage portion as well.

Aromatherapy Associations do not offer training courses, however they all have standards and requirements that must be met by those wishing to join. Some Associations will also recognize individuals or schools as teaching to their standards. Our courses are recognized by all of the associations listed. They not only meet the requirements of each individual association but in fact, exceed the requirements of all of them. Our graduates are eligible to join the following Associations as Full Professional Members.

In Canada:
British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists (BCAPA);
British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy (BCAOA);
Natural Health Professionals of Canada (NHPC) (formerly AMTWP);
Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists CFA;
In the USA:
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA);
Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA);
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP);
For links to these associations see our Links page.

Our courses are also recognized by:

  • the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia for Cycle 9  (their requirements have changed for this Cycle and they are now awarding CECs and Code: 8 PD/A1 for each of the following courses:  Aromatherapy 101; Aromatherapy 201; Aromatherapy Caddy Chemistry Home Study Course; Aromatherapy Caddy Chemistry.)
  • the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals as being eligible for earning Continuing Education Units.

The West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy is approved by the Minister Of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada under sub-paragraphs 118.5(1)(1)(ii) and 118.6(1)(a)(ii) of the Income Tax Act and is eligible to issue Tuition Tax Certificates.

A Certificate is awarded on the successful completion of each course. Those who successfully complete, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201 and one of our massage options will be eligible to request our Diploma in Aromatherapy.


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