Continuing Education Requirements

View the complete continuing education requirements at the PTC website here.

RAs need to complete the renewal form by listing all activities that fall within the definitions below in the last five years and submit it with the $325 renewal fee.  In addition, contact hours can be earned by participating in an item review session. A three-hour ARC item review session is equivalent to  3 contact hours. To be considered as a potential participant, please contact the ARC Board outlining your aromatherapy training at  info@aromatherapycouncil.org

100 contact hours are equal to 100 actual hours made up from an aromatherapy-related 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 is not approved as a continuing education offering as these administrative techniques are not approved as safe administration methods by ARC.

Continuing Education MUST BE Aromatherapy-related and can include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • professional development offerings
  • distance-education courses
  • state or national conferences
  • academic courses
  • the preparation and presentation of a professional education topic relevant to aromatherapy
  • an original article written by the candidate and published in a professional journal

Also, the following ARC test development activities:

  • participation in an ARC item review session. A three-hour ARC item review session is equivalent to  3 contact hours. To be considered as a potential participant, please contact the ARC Board outlining your aromatherapy training at  info@aromatherapycouncil.org
  • submission of 10 multiple-choice test questions submitted to PTC = 10 contact hours

If the continuing education is listed by credits, each individual academic credit will be considered as ten (10) Contact Hours and may be at undergraduate or graduate level.

All RAs are responsible for maintaining continuing education records used for this Application.

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 on receipt of Application and will be requested to document all entries.

Download the Requirements and the 3-page Reregistration Application which must be completed and returned to:

Professional Testing Corporation
1350 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, New York 10018
Phone: 212-356-0660, Fax: 212-356-0678

Minimum Standards of Eligibility

At the Board Meeting on October 23, 2003, the motion for the ARC to adopt the proposed new minimum standards of eligibility was adopted. Applicants for examinations for 2004 and onwards must meet minimum standards of eligibility to sit the examination. These new requirements, established by the ARC board after consultation with the ARC advisory committee, are outlined in the latest handbook and online at the “How to Apply” page. You can download a candidate handbook here, or at the website of the Examination Administrator, Professional Testing Corporation.

Registration is a mark of the candidate’s dedication to the Aromatherapy field and to the safety of his or her clients and customers. It is an exciting demonstration of the development of the Aromatherapy industry in the US and Canada. The new minimum standards of eligibility are designed to protect the credibility of the Registration process and ensure that the goal of public safety is preserved.

Disciplinary Policy

The ARC Board has adopted a revised Disciplinary Policy as of January 2015. The Disciplinary Policy is available for download here or by clicking the PDF icon at right.


Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA):

“AIA is dedicated to the education of aromatherapists, healthcare professionals and the public in all aspects of aromatherapy. They’re a diverse network of professionals who collectively strive to advance the profession of aromatherapy and to serve the public.”

Alliance Website  |  Alliance Approved Schools


Herb Research Foundation:

For over 35 years, the Herb Research Foundation has been helping to educate the world about herbs. We offer solid science and informed opinion, for free.

HRF Website


National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA):

“NAHA is actively involved with promoting and elevating academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice standards for the profession. NAHA is also devoted to increasing the public’s knowledge and understanding of aromatherapy and its safe and effective application in everyday life.”

NAHA Website | NAHA Approved Schools


Professional Testing Corporation:

“Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) is an established global leader in testing and assessment services. Founded in 1983 to provide professional organizations with psychometric services, PTC has expanded its offerings over the years to include a broader range of credentialing services for hundreds of testing programs, certification organizations, and licensing boards.”

PTCNY Website

Meet the ARC Administrative Board; read about them here.


Dorene Petersen,
ARC Chair
Mynou de Mey,
ARC Board Director
Sylla Sheppard-Hanger,
ARC Director of Public Relations


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Click here or on the teaser image below to open the latest ARC Newsletter. If you’d like to access an older edition of the newsletter, look in the newsletter archive here.  Interested in writing or advertising?  Find those guidelines here.

Meet the ARC Administrative Board;
read about them here.


D. Petersen,
ARC Chair
M. de Mey,
ARC Board Director
S. Hanger,
ARC Director of Public Relations


You have questions and we have answers.  In our 18 years, we have compiled quite a list of helpful questions and answers for you.  Find our Frequently Asked Questions here.

ARC Celebrates 18 Years

ARC Celebrates 18 Years

Join ARC in celebrating 18 years of dedication to providing an unbiased standardized test for aromatherapists by registering and recertifying 121 aromatherapists in 2018.

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ARC’s New Board Member!

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The Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) is pleased to announce the appointment to the ARC Board of Directors of Ms. Sylla S. Hanger, in the function of Director of Public Relations.

read more
Research: Inhalation

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read more

Find More ARC News Here


The aromatherapy community has a wide variety of resources.  We’ve compiled a short list here.


Periodically throughout the year ARC publishes a newsletter for members and the public. In the past these newsletters were mailed out, but we’ve recently redesigned the newsletter in an All-Digital format. Newsletters are now 100% mobile-friendly and look perfect when viewed on any device with a browser.

Click here or on the teaser image below to open the latest ARC Newsletter. If you’d like to access an older edition of the newsletter, look in the newsletter archive here.


Great!  We’re so glad you’re looking to take the next step in your aromatherapy profession by becoming a Registered Aromatherapist™! The following information will help you on this journey, as will the candidate handbook and the disciplinary policy found in other links on this tab:

Benefits EligibilityTest DatesHow to Apply


Congratulations on your achievement in becoming a Registered Aromatherapist™!  Here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind in order to continue your active status:

Continuing Education RequirementsUpdating Your Information


View the ARC Candidate Handbook Here

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The ARC Board has adopted a revised Disciplinary Policy as of January 2015. The Disciplinary Policy is available for download here

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