Aromatherapy Certification Course 101

The starting point is the Aromatherapy Certification Course 101.  In this we start at the beginning and systematically go through everything you need to know to safely and effectively use essential oils every day. You learn how essential oils can be used to enhance the health and happiness of yourself, your family and friends. If you only intend to use essential oils privately this may be the only course you ever need to take. On the other hand, if you are intending to incorporate them into a business venture, continuing on with the Aromatherapy Certification Course 201 may be appropriate.

The Aromatherapy Certification Course 101 has a Workbook with 20 lessons and 3 additional Course Books (666 pages).

These books are delivered as downloadable PDF files which, in addition to being viewed digitally, may be printed.  The cost of this course is Canadian Dollars $555.00.

Covered in the Aromatherapy Certification Course 101
  • Introduction to the World of Aromatherapy and its History.
  • Essential Oils,  what they are, where they come from, how they are extracted, the factors affecting their quality and chemistry.
  • Chemistry of essential oils, an introduction.
  • Effective use of essential oils and the Safety Precautions to be aware of.
  • Methods of Application, including the effective dilution ratios to use, what carriers to use and what method of blending is most appropriate for each application.
  • Essential Oils: 30 essential oils  covered in depth:  Chamomiles: Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita); Citrus Oils: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Grapefruit (Citrus x paradise), Lemon (Citrus x limon), Lime (Citrus x aurantifolia), Mandarin/Tangerine Citrus reticulate), Orange, Bitter and Sweet (Citrus aurantium var. Amara) (Citrus sinensis), Yuzu (Citrus junos);  Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea); Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens); Eucalyptus Oils: Lemon (Corymbia citriodora);  (Eucalyptus dives) (Eucalyptus globulus) (Eucalyptus radiate) (Eucalyptus smithii);Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens); Ginger (Zingiber officinale); Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis); Lavenders:Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia), Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas);  Marjoram (Sweet) (Origanum majorana); Mint oils: Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Spearmint (Mentha spicata);  Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis); Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia); Lemon scented Tea Tree (Leptospermum petersonii); Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata).
  • Carriers Covered: 13 carrier oils: Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis), Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca), Borage Oil (Borago officinalis), Canola Oil (Brassica napus), Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera L), Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis), Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera), Hemp Seed (Cannabis sativa), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Kukui Nut Oil (Aleurites moluccans), Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum inophyllum);  2 Macerated Oils: Calendula Oil (Calendula officinalis), Hypericum – St. John’s Wort (Hypercium perforatum); 3 Butters: Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao); Mango Butter (Mangifera indica), Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa); Clays; Gels; plus 20 Hydrosols.
  • Blending, Therapeutic and Creative.
  • Skin Care including an Aromatherapy Home Facial.
  • Perfumes and Perfume Blending
  • First Aid
  • Making Products including Labeling, Good Manufacturing Practices, Pricing.
  • Interaction with your Client, Simple Client Briefs.
  • Recipes and Sample Blends.

As the essential oils and carriers are an aromatherapist’s ‘tools of trade’, you will need to have your own selection of supplies to get started with.  It is not necessary for you to purchase ALL of the essential oils and carriers covered in the course, however as there are many experiential exercisers to help expand your understanding of the essential oils and carriers, the more you have, the more you can play with.  To help you get started you will be able to download a list of Suppliers who offer our students a Student Discount, from the Student’s Corner.

Loved doing this – at home, at my own pace. Aromatherapy has always interested me and I learned so much. Being a nurse, I feel I can help some of my family and friends now.
BH, Ft. McMurray, AL

I have been studying almost all my life and I am confident today to say that this course was probably one of my best experiences.
RTT, North Burnaby, BC

The Workbook is divided into 20 individual lessons.  Each lesson will guide the student on what to read and which essential oil to experience. Then they will be guided on how to complete the hands-on exercises. Finally, they are able to review what has been learned by working through the questions and answers at the end of each lesson.  This also prepares them for the final exam.

With the winding down of offering formal Aromatherapy Certification Courses, the previous 9 month timeline is no longer available.  Anyone wishing to write the exam and receive a Certificate must submit their completed exam and its requirements by October 31, 2022.   Please read the August 2021 Announcement for an update on the Timeline.

Even while working at your own pace, provided the material is worked at consistently, it is certainly possible to complete the coursework and exam requirements in much less time and many students do.

The Exam is a closed book 100 multiple choice question exam written in front of a Proctor.  In addition, there are also the additional exam requirements of a 500 – 2000 Essay and 5 simple Case Studies.  A Certificate is issued on successful completion.

After completing Aromatherapy 101, you will be able to effectively use Aromatherapy and the essential oils covered in the aromatherapy course for yourself and family. This aromatherapy course could also prepare you to work in the Aromatherapy Industry. Examples of career opportunities include working in retail outlets selling essential oils as well as product formulation and blending.

Those who wish to become Professional Aromatherapists will move onto the Aromatherapy Certification Course 201 once this is completed.

Brief Description of the Aromatherapy 101’s 20 lessons – rated at 180 hours.
Each lesson contains unique exercises based on the material covered in that lesson.

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Aromatherapy; World History of Aromatherapy.  The essential oil profile of Bergamot.
Lesson 2 – Botany, Endangered Species.   The essential oil profiles of Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile.
Lesson 3 – Methods of Extracting Essential Oils. The essential oil profile of Clary Sage.
Lesson 4 – How does Aromatherapy work. The essential oil profile of Cypress.
Lesson 5 – Chemistry of Essential Oils. The essential oil profile of Yuzu.
Lesson 6 – All Things Safety.  The essential oil profile of Geranium
Lesson 7 – Application; Methods of treatment; Useful Measurements. The essential oil profile of Ginger.
Lesson 8 – Essential Oil Profiles Introduction; Brief explanation of Ayurveda. The essential oil profile of Juniper.
Lesson 9 – Brief explanation of the Chakras. The essential oil profiles of Lavender, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Spanish Lavender.

I was very pleased with the amount of information shared. I learned a lot from this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in aromatherapy..
SH, Tuscola, IL

Lesson 10 – Odor Profiling. The essential oil profiles of Lemon and Lime.
Lesson 11 – Carriers.  Carrier Oils, Butters, Clays, Salts, and Gels.  The essential oil profile of Sweet Marjoram.
Lesson 12 – Floral Waters/Hydrosols/Hydrolates. The essential oil profiles of Mandarin and Orange.
Lesson 13 – Therapeutic and Emotional Indexes (based on the 30 oils covered in 101). The essential oil profiles of Peppermint and Spearmint.
Lesson 14 – Therapeutic Blending (additional methods). The essential oil profile of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Lesson 15 – Creative Blending, Blending by Chemistry.  The essential oil profile of Rosemary.
Lesson 16 – Perfumes. The essential oil profile of Grapefruit.
Lesson 17 – Making Products; Product Labelling.   The essential oil profile of Rosemary and its chemotypes.
Lesson 18 – Product Pricing; Business Set Up; Home Facial; Cellulite.   The essential oil profiles of Tea Tree and Lemon Tea Tree.
Lesson 19 – Research; First Aid; Pets. The essential oil profile of Ylang Ylang.
Lesson 20 – Professional Ethics; Interaction with your Client, Client Briefs.

Thank you for putting so much effort and time into creating this course. It’s very thorough and easy to understand.
JR, Pahrump, NV


You will find mini Profiles of all the oils covered in the Aromatherapy Certification Course 101 in the Articles Archive, as well as a lot of additional information covered in the blogs on essential oils.

Not ready to take a formal Aromatherapy Certification Course?  You might want to consider joining the Bev Hawkins Membership Club.  Here detailed information is shared in a monthly package which concentrates on one essential oil and one condition each month.  This subscription model makes getting started with quality information very affordable.