What are the eligibility requirements?

1. Education and organizational membership:

1.a Completion of a minimum of a 200 hour 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.

1.b Current membership in either NAHA or AIA.

2. Agreement to adhere to the ARC Disciplinary Policy.

3. Completion and filing of Application for ARC Registration Examination in Aromatherapy.

4. Payment of required fees.

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. If you don’t have 100 hours you can participate in ARC test development activities. For example, if you were to write 10 multiple choice questions that would be worth 10 CH’s.

100 contact hours are equal to 100 actual hours made up from a continuing education offering provided by any approved educational body or organization, or by a National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and/or Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) approved school or educator.

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 a two-day ARC item review session = 10 contact hours
  • 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.

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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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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.

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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


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.


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.

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.


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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