Aromatherapy courses are different, istockphoto, used with permission
Aromatherapy courses are different, istockphoto, used with permission

In an ever growing industry, that is also unregulated, how do you choose the “right” aromatherapy course for you? Prices of aromatherapy courses range from as little as $25 to aromatherapy courses that cost thousands of dollars. In addition, aromatherapy schools (and teachers) don’t have to hold a specific qualification (or a proven track record of experience) in order to set up a school and teach a course. While trying to establish a fair pricing level for the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy I found all sorts of aromatherapy “courses” in a google search!

There are various factors that you have to consider when choosing an aromatherapy course. For a start, courses are set at different levels. In addition, the development of the digital age has produced new ways in which to share information, such as digital formats in the form of e-books and PDF files, making quality information easier and cheaper to find. However, don’t assume because its cheap, it holds value, just as don’t assume that a course costing thousands of dollars is better than one that costs hundreds of dollars. Here is a quick guide to choosing the right aromatherapy course for you! Part two of this post, The Training and Experience of Your Aromatherapy Teacher, will be posted next week.

Different Levels of Aromatherapy Course

The questions that you need to ask yourself when searching for an aromatherapy course include


  • what do I want to learn from the course
  • how much aromatherapy information knowledge do I have (if any)
  • am I learning for pleasure (ie to use the knowledge to help myself/ family/friends) or do I want to set up an aromatherapy business and/or practice as as an aromatherapist
  • how do I want to study – part-time/full-time/in-class or online


Once you’ve figured out the answers to these questions, you’ll probably have a better idea of what you are looking for in aromatherapy courses. Aromatherapy courses include Make-Your-Own Products Kits, short courses, foundation courses, practitioner courses and continuing professional development courses – in addition to informative e-books and tele-conferences.

Accredited Aromatherapy Courses

Does an accredited aromatherapy course hold more value than a non-accredited aromatherapy course? The short answer is yes – but it also depends again on what you are looking to learn and for what purpose. There is no requirement to register or accredit aromatherapy courses in the United States (and other countries of the world). However, organizations such as the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) set certain standards which indicate a certain level of training. Any school that is approved by such organizations has to demonstrate that their course meets at least that level of training. This sets a standard for aromatherapy courses in professional aromatherapy practice.

However, if you are simply looking for a short course as an introduction to aromatherapy, check out the experience and qualifications of the aromatherapy teacher. This should be something that you do with an accredited aromatherapy course too but it is more so important if you want to take a short course with a quality provider


Aromatherapy E-Books and Other Digital Formats

Over the past few years, aromatherapy information has become widely available on the world wide web in the format of e-books and articles. If you researching aromatherapy information on the internet, you should check out the credentials of the writer/author of the article to find out if they really do know what they are talking about

If you are considering an e-book purchase, carry out the same vigilant checks. If the author of the book is in professional practice and can demonstrate their expertise, aromatherapy e-books and PDF formats are a great, economical way to learn about aromatherapy. They are a good starting point for the beginner in aromatherapy too.


More Information on Aromatherapy Courses

The points covered in this post are just a brief reminder of what you should be looking for when you are trying to choose an aromatherapy course. If you have any questions about the courses, e-books and other products offered by Sedona Aromatherapie, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at:


I always try to advise people of the best course that I think is appropriate for them – even if that means directing them to an alternative course provider.


Watch out for part two of this post next week!


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