Here at Aromahead Institute, we’re committed to providing you with the best-quality education available… in a way that fits your unique dreams, goals and lifestyle.
That’s why our 235-hour ACP (Aromatherapy Certification Program) gives you the opportunity to become an Essential Oil Specialist – and then decide whether you’d like to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist!
Whether you’re brand new to Essential Oils or have been using them for years, the ACP (Aromatherapy Certification Program) is a fun and flexible way to deepen your knowledge of the art + science of Aromatherapy.
The Aromahead team is a dedicated community of educators, with a tremendous wealth of knowledge about Aromatherapy and natural health. Our teachers are all certified Aromatherapists with years of experience.
This is our passion and our purpose – and we can’t wait to share it with you!
“I loved the ACP course from beginning to end! Aromahead Institute offered me both the flexibility of an online course, as well as the personalized attention and human interaction I was seeking.”
– Laura Phillips
Use Essential Oils safely and effectively for enjoyment, self-care and natural healing.
Develop a new career in Aromatherapy.
Enhance your existing career through the use of Essential Oils (They're a great addition to a wide range of businesses).
Understand the research behind WHY Essential Oils work, so you can backup your love of Aromatherapy with scientific facts.
Clearly understand what Aromatherapy can and can't do – and feel confident helping people improve their health and well-being with Essential Oils.
Create blends to help ease physical pain and symptoms – and balance difficult emotions (such as anxiety and fear) 100% naturally.
Know how to make a wide variety of body care products, including: body butters, hand soaps, lip balms, bath salts, healing salves, and more.
Teach Aromatherapy classes or write about Aromatherapy.
Learn advanced techniques that integrate the chemistry, aroma + energetics of essential oils – so your blends work on multiple levels.
Create natural products and blends that are safe for children, pregnant or nursing women, and the elderly.
Our Aromahead Essential Oil Specialist® certificate is approved by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), an independent accrediting board for alternative health educational institutions and programs.
An Orientation + 7 in-depth lessons – which you can access 24/7 in our beautiful, user-friendly online classroom.
27 instructional videos and webinars led by Aromahead Founder and Lead Instructor Andrea Butje
Blending exercises and other FUN hands-on projects to deepen your learning.
Review questions to quiz yourself at the end of each lesson.
48 original Aromatherapy recipes and blends developed by Andrea Butje for the ACP. The recipes are compiled into a beautiful color PDF that you can download and print.
48 detailed datasheets for the Essential Oils studied in the course. Aromahead's printer-friendly datasheets clearly lay out all the most important information you might need on hand for easy reference – including each oil's: therapeutic properties, emotional and energetic properties, safety data, chemical profile, Latin name, botanical family, plant part, plant origin, practical clinical applications, aroma, note, and extraction method.
15% off discount on all essential oils, carrier oils, butters, bottles, supplies, and specific blending kits from Aromatics International for one year after you register.
An extensive private list of resources for high-quality Aromatherapy supplies and related services.
Contact information for prominent Aromatherapy organizations and journals. Stay current with the industry, learn about the conferences, and gather articles from Aromatherapy experts.
Permanent unlimited access to all the course materials and videos – including any updates to the content – even after you have completed the program.
Permanent unlimited access to the exclusive Aromahead Online Forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors… as well as connecting with other Aromahead students and graduates from over 100 countries around the world.
Essential Oil safety guidelines
Blending + dilution techniques
Introduction to Essential Oil chemistry
Labeling guidelines and how to use FDA-friendly language
Aromatherapy scope of practice
48 Printable Essential Oil Datasheets (with facts about each oil, therapeutic + clinical uses, safety considerations and scientific references)
How Essential Oils are absorbed
All about olfaction (your sense of smell)
Safe use of oils on the skin
How to read a GC/MS report (and how they can help you choose oils in each situation)
Latin names + chemical families - and why they’re important
How to create inhalers and steam blends
Physical + emotional properties of Essential Oils
A brief history of Aromatherapy
Methods for extracting Essential Oils
All about carrier oils + butters
How to make healing salves
How oils can help heal injury and reduce inflammation
How oils can reduce stress and ease pain
How understanding specific chemical families can improve your blending
Chemical components + medicinal properties of Essential Oils
Potential drug interactions (and how to avoid them!)
How to price your oils + products for resale
Making bath blends and skin healing products
Monoterpenol + sesquiterpenol chemical family and their distinctive qualities
What are hydrosols and how to use them
The best skin-nourishing Essential Oils
Blends for reducing infections, pain + inflammation
How to make luscious body butters
Learn all about the Essential Oils in the phenols, aldehydes and ketone families
The art of blending by aroma
Natural remedies for respiratory issues
Powerful oils from the Ester, Oxide and Ether families + their safety considerations
Hand soaps, salt scrubs, and inhalers
How to format GC/MS reports and create your own essential oil datasheets
Essential oils and pregnant women… what you need to know
Advanced blending techniques
How to find the best oil substitutions for a recipe
Lip balms, room sprays + linen sprays
Natural cleaning products
Create an exciting vision for how you’ll use Essential Oils in your life and career
Discover new ways of growing your thriving Aromatherapy business
Ready to become an Aromahead Essential Oil Specialist®? You can start right now!
This is an independent, self-study program.
As soon as you register, you will have immediate access to the course by logging into your account and accessing our beautiful user-friendly online classroom, which includes all of your written + video content, as well as interactive learning activities.
You’ll also have full access to our online forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors (as well as other Aromahead students and graduates).
You can complete the lessons at your own pace, from anywhere in the world that you can log on to the internet. Many students report that they return to their materials again and again, even years after graduating from the program.
Anyone may register for this class. No previous Aromatherapy training is required.
The ACP gives you the opportunity to become an Essential Oil Specialist, and then if you ever decide you’d like to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist, you can – at no additional cost!
Essential Oil Specialist
Once you complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program and pass the final exam, you’ll receive your Essential Oil Specialist Certificate. This is a great way to expand your knowledge, gain confidence, and show the world you have the credibility to help people lead healthier lives using Essential Oils.
Optional Certificate #2
After becoming an Essential Oil Specialist, some students decide to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist. This is 100% optional – the choice is yours! Students who wish to become certified will complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program, pass the final exam, and complete a few additional requirements.
The core program content is the same, whether you decide to finish after earning your Essential Oil Specialist certificate – or continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist.
Many of our students are happy with being an Essential Oil Specialist, and don’t need or want the additional certification. Some love the course so much that they decide to continue on right away. Others take a break and come back to get certified later. The choice is yours!
There is no additional cost to become certified – and once you have registered for the ACP, your option to pursue certification never expires.
This program includes exclusive access to training videos that cannot be found elsewhere. In the ACP video library, Lead Instructor Andrea Butje will guide you through Essential Oil chemistry, Q+A sessions, blending exercises, the business of Aromatherapy, and much more. You may view each video as many times as you like.
For a preview of the videos, view the official trailer – which includes clips from several of the videos included in the ACP.
You have the option to earn one or TWO certificates in this program. Become an Essential Oil Specialist, and then decide whether you’d like to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist. There is no additional cost to become certified – and once you have registered for the ACP, your option to pursue certification never expires.
Start the class the moment you complete your registration OR sign up now and get started later! Your course never expires.
Work at your own pace and on your own timeline (our online classroom is available 24/7).
You have permanent unlimited access to your course materials – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you have completed the program.
Ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors – along with other Aromahead students and graduates – in our fabulous online forum.
Your video lessons and program content will be led by Andrea Butje, author of The Heart of Aromatherapy. Andrea is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who is changing the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching + creating community online.
Andrea founded Aromahead Institute in 1998 to help people everywhere learn to use Essential Oils safely and effectively. Thousands of students from more than 100 countries have studied with Aromahead since that time – and many of our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers and businesses in Aromatherapy and the Healing Arts.
As a consultant to importers of high-quality Essential Oils, Andrea travels the world, building relationships with distillers and small organic farmers. In 2013, Andrea won the Alliance of International Aromatherapists's Lifetime Achievement Award for her heartfelt work in educating and connecting people involved in all aspects of the Aromatherapy industry – from renowned authors and distillers to those who are brand new to Essential Oils.
When she isn’t sharing her love of Aromatherapy with others, you’ll usually find Andrea in her kitchen – cooking, baking and playing with new recipes!
Hands down, Aromahead has THE best student support of any online school out there – aromatherapy or otherwise. The forum is buzzing with activity, teachers are highly informative and responsive... The course is highly organized, and well-put-together, making the large amount of information easy to navigate and enjoyable to learn.
I really love the go at-your-own pace aspect of the program… The inclusion of the webinars for each lesson has made a huge difference in the learning process. It's one thing to read the material, but to have it explained to you with stories and personal experience is my preferred type of learning. Thanks for your commitment to constantly adjusting and adding things to the program.
You've created a monster, I can't stop blending!!! My head is spinning with all of the ideas for things I want to make. I had been taking painkillers for years for neck, back and stomach pain, which I no longer have to take. I simply do some deep breathing and use my new products. The pain subsides and I don't have that groggy feeling from the side-effects of the medication. I've also been allergic to commercial skin care products ever since I started using them (yes that long ago!). Since this class I've ditched my commercial products, and created a beautiful custom line for myself – and no more allergies! The valuable lessons on how to custom blend products made this so easy. Thank you!
I loved the easy-to-use interface in the virtual classroom! I never had trouble finding just what I needed, and if it wasn't in the course material, the forum has been a wealth of knowledge – and a wonderful supportive community. Andrea and the other instructors and staff are so encouraging, accepting, and accessible. I also discovered that I can love chemistry, thanks to the course material!
While I was taking my Aromahead class, my daughter decided to go with our exchange student to the skating rink. They both fell so many times that by the time they got home, they were in so much pain and I could see the bruises starting to come up. I whipped up a blend with Helichrysum, Lavender, and trauma oil, and voila!
The girls had no pain, no inflammation and no bruises the next day... just as if they had not gone skating at all! I was only 3 months into the program, so I totally surprised myself with the success of my blend. I felt like giving myself a pat on the back but honestly, it is the oils that need to get the pat in the back for being so invested in our health and well-being. It feels good to have accessed this extensive knowledge of the magical power of nature that comes in the form of essential oils.
I learned so much more than I ever imagined. I didn’t know I would learn about the business aspect of things – such as labeling and pricing – and I’m completely in love with all the recipes you provided. Plus I now have the confidence to make my own products! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course! Thank you!!
Anyone who wants to make sure they are using Essential Oils safely and effectively
Aromatherapy lovers who want to deepen their knowledge of the art + science of Aromatherapy
Anyone who wants to develop a career in Aromatherapy – or use Essential Oils in their existing career
Anyone who wants to learn to make health and body care products with Essential Oils
Parents who want to use all-natural products for their families
We created this certificate option for our students who are ready to deepen their knowledge of Essential Oils, but for a variety of reasons they don’t feel the need for an official certification. We realized that whether or not you want to get certified, you need the same exact education to be able to help people use Essential Oils safely and effectively to improve their health and well-being. When you become an Essential Oil Specialist, you gain the confidence, credibility, and education you need to share your love of Essential Oils with the world.
As Aromatherapy continues to increase in popularity, there’s a growing need for well-educated Aromatherapists. Becoming an Essential Oil Specialist is a great way to dramatically expand your knowledge, and improve your ability to use Essential Oils to help people live healthier lives. It will help you take your work with Essential Oils from a craft or a hobby to a true science and art – with the certificate to prove it!
The core program content is the same – but you have TWO options for certificates you can earn. Once you complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program and pass the final exam – provided your tuition has been paid in full – you’ll receive your Essential Oil Specialist Certificate. This is a great way to expand your knowledge, gain confidence, and show the world you have the credibility to help people lead healthier lives using Essential Oils.
After becoming an Essential Oil Specialist, some students decide to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist. This is 100% optional – the choice is yours! Students who wish to become certified will complete a few additional requirements (20 case studies, an 8-10 page paper and a written exam). You’ll also complete Aromahead’s online Anatomy & Physiology class, which is included in your tuition at no extra cost. Once you’ve successfully met these requirements, you will graduate as a Certified Aromatherapist. There is no additional cost to become certified – and once you have registered for the ACP, your option to pursue certification never expires.
Yes, this program starts at the very beginning. We provide students with the encouragement, knowledge, experience and guidance you need to succeed.
That depends. If you are not yet familiar with essential oil chemistry, then we definitely recommend you consider the class. Some of the beginning material will likely be familiar, but the more advanced content will be inspiring and bring a new depth to your work with the oils.
Yes! Plus, all the online classes at Aromahead are self-paced. You can complete them on your own time, from anywhere in the world that you can log on to the internet.
It depends! Most students earn their Essential Oil Specialist certificate within a few months, but the program is completely self-paced, which means you can slow it down or move through it more quickly, depending on your learning style and availability. You’ll have permanent unlimited access to your course materials and the Aromahead online forum – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you’ve completed the program.
You will need some supplies in order to try the blending exercises in this program. You may use your own supplies or purchase them (supplies are not included in your tuition). Aromatics International has designed some beautiful kits with all the essential oils, carrier oils, and bottles you’ll need. These kits are optional and sold separately through Aromatics International. You may also begin the class without supplies, but over time, you will definitely want to begin gathering a collection of essential oils, carrier and bottles to make blends.
Lots of it! The Aromahead team is a dedicated community of educators that are ready to assist you and offer guidance when you need it. All of our teachers are Certified Aromatherapists, and have been in the profession for many years. You’ll have access to Aromahead’s online forum, where you can ask questions, participate in discussions and learn from other Aromatherapists. Plus, you can email us anytime, and your emails will always be answered right away.
Yes! Thousands of students from more than 100 countries have studied with Aromahead, and we’d love to welcome you to our online community.