Course For Professional Certification

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Course: AR-210-PCC

  • Prerequisite: None

  • Hours: 450 hours - Combination of In-Class (50 Hours) & On-Line/Self-Study Work (400 Hours)


Revised Syllabus: 

  • Includes the most current research!

  • In-class & on-line


New Length: 

  • 450 hours (Meets CFA Requirements) 

  • Increased Hands-On Activities!


New Course Type: 

  • Combination of In-Class (50 Hours) & On-Line/Self-Study

  • Work (400 Hours) 

  • Four to six students per class! 

  • Get all of the benefits of working hands-on with a live instructor and of doing self-study at your own pace! 

  • The on-line work area keeps you in contact with other students, permits you to submit your work on-line, and offers interactive, multimedia work.


1  Description of Course:  

“Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation,
to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.” 
--Robert Tisserand


Aromatherapy is a natural technique designed to assist the body's natural ability to balance and maintain itself through the skilled use of essential oils. It is both an art and a science based on the interaction between the aromatherapist, the client and the essential oils, which all work together to elicit the client's innate, self-healing energy. Aromatherapy may be used as a preventative approach or as a support during various stages of illness or 'dis'-ease. As a holistic modality, aromatherapy is able to work on several levels -- physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual -- to effect over-all health, well-being, beauty and vitality.


Essential oils are the volatile (quickly-evaporating) essences produced by aromatic plants through the process of photosynthesis. The constituents of a plant's oil (its essence) may be extracted from its flowers, leaves, grasses, bark, peels, roots, seeds, and/or resins, and some plants can produce more than one essential oil, depending on the part used.  Essential oils contain a tremendous amount of a plant's energy, and only a small quantity is needed for significant effects.  Individual oils or specially-prepared blends can be used for health-giving, meditative, restorative or relaxing purposes.  By assisting the body directly in balancing itself and immediately reducing the stress that causes more than 75% of all illnesses; all of the body systems are affected in a positive way.  By learning about aromatherapy, you can learn to take care of yourself, your friends and family, and paying clients in a practice of your own, as part of a CAM group, or for a spa.


Join us – on-line and in small classes to explore the “scent-sational” world of aromatherapy as a health care practice!  Get answers to the following questions – and more: What is aromatherapy? How does it work? What are its benefits? What exactly are essential oils, hydrosols, and carrier oils, how are they made, and how do we use them? You will learn the theory and its practical applications, holistic anatomy & physiology & pathology, and you will learn how to give a wonderfully relaxing, aromatic aromassage.  On-line learning activities,  will help you study, alone or with others, and will prepare you for the final exams. Class meetings will be hands-on and sharing of projects, such as: identifying oils by smell, making individualized blends: preparing & sharing health care products such as creams, lotions, etc.; preparing items that will help you expand your business, and learning and exchanging Aromassage techniques. Through supervised clinical work and guided case studies, you will get sufficient practice to become comfortable to work on new clients of your own.


Successful completion of this course will give you a basic working knowledge of the safe use of aromatherapy as a professional practice or as an add-on in a related discipline such as nursing or massage therapy. In addition, you will become eligible to apply for membership in the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy or a similar organization in your province as a Professional Member.



2 Duration of Course: 450 hours


This course is equivalent to 450 hours of study including the completion of 30 case studies.  Modules One & Two are to be taken simultaneously, and their content is included in the Final Written Foundations Exam.   Module Three can be taken only upon successful completion of the requirements and the Final Written Foundations Exam for Modules One & Two.




Hours/ Unit

Class Work/Projects


/Self-Study -- Home Study, On-line Activities & Quizzes



1. Foundations of Aromatherapy


Practical Work Foundations


Foundations of Aromatherapy



2. Materia Medica & Aromatic Chemistry


Practical Work Material Medica


Materia Medica & Aromatic Chemistry



3. Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, Hydrosols & The Plants They Come From


Practical Work Essential Oils


Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, Hydrosols & The Plants They Come From



4. Business Practices & Deontology


Practical Work Business Practices


Business Practices & Deontology



5. The Client Session (No Bodywork)


Practice Client Sessions (No Bodywork)


Protocols for working with clients



6. Introduction To Expanded Applications




Expanded Applications



7. Tests, Quizzes & Case Studies - Foundations (AROMATOLOGIST & AROMATHERAPIST CERTIFICATION)


Final Written Exam - Foundations of Aromatherapy & Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology





Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology - (AROMATHERAPIST CERTIFICATION ONLY)




Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology





Aromassage Routine & Supervised Clinical Work


Body Work Protocols





Final Practical Exam - AroMassage Session


30 Case Studies











3 Course Outline – Modules, Units & Main Topics




1          Foundations Of Aromatherapy

Course Procedures

Introduction To Aromatherapy

History Of Aromatherapy


2         Materia Medica & Aromatic Chemistry

Botany ( Taxonomy , Families, Genus, Species, Variety, Subspecies, Forma, Cultivar, Chemotype, Hybrid)

Functional Groups/Chemistry/Pharmacology

Essential Oil Chemistry

Chemical  Building  Blocks – Elements, Atoms, Molecules, Compounds

Functional Groups – Types In Eos, Structures/Components, Properties (Physical, Chemical, Therapeutic, Contraindications), EOs In Groups

Pharmacokinetics - How Eos Are Absorbed, Metabolized And Excreted From The Body

Pharmacology & Properties

 Toxicity/Safety Issues


3         Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, Hydrosols & The Plants They Come From

Essential Oil Characteristics



Production, Extraction, & Quality

Comparing EOs: Chemotypes, Varieties, Etc.

Modifying EOs

Testing EO Quality

Specific Essential Oils

Basic Essential Oils

Exotic Essential Oils

Hazardous Essential Oils

Using Essential Oils

Methods Of Application

Blending Guidelines


Special Considerations


Carrier Oils

Infused/Macerated Carrier Oils


4         Business Practices & Deontology

Getting Started

Creating A Healthy Work Space

Starting Your Own Clinic Or Not

Business Management

Other Aromatherapy Business Legalities

Business Plan Formulation

Personal And Professional Ethics

Dealing With Clients

Growing Your Business/Marketing

Professional Referrals & Exchanges


5         The Client Session (No Bodywork)

Standards Of Practice/Protocol

Overview Of A Session

Preparation For A Session

Pre-Blend Preparation Procedures/Client Assessment

Blend Preparation Procedures

Post Blend Preparation Procedures /Follow-Up Plan


6         Intro To Expanded Applications

Skin Care

Spa Work

Subtle Aromatherapy


Vibrational Medicine

Subtle Aromatherapy


Healing Energy Of Plants

Color Therapy




Medical Aromatherapy & Research

The Role Of Research And Science In Aromatherapy

The Placebo Effect

Conducting Research Yourself

Aromatherapy In A Primary Health Care Environment

Primary Health Care

Surgery & Intensive Care

Palliative Care


7         Tests, Quizzes & Case Studies - Foundations (Aromatologist & Aromatherapist Certification)

Preparing For Final Foundations Exam

Final Written Foundations Exam Includes Modules One & Two





8         Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology


Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology

Cells, Tissues, Organs, Systems

Anatomical Terms For Position, Direction, Movement, Cavities, Regions

Body Systems

Integumentary System

Nervous & Sensory System

Circulatory/Cardiovascular System

Respiratory System

Endocrine System

Lymphatic System

Immune System

Digestive System

Genito-Urinary System

Reproductive System

Musculo-Skeletal System




Can Only Be Taken When Requirements For Modules One & Two And The Written Foundations Exam Have Been Passed.


9    Body Work Protocols (Aromatherapist Certification Only)

Standards Of Practice/Protocol

Overview Of A Session

Preparation For A Session

Pre-Massage Procedures/Client Assessment

Hands-On Work – Massage/Body Work

Post- Massage /Follow-Up Plan


10      Case Studies & Final Practical Exam (Aromatherapist Certification Only)

Case Study Protocol (30)

Case Study Notebook

Final Practical Exam Requirements & Protocol

Final Practical Exam


4  Course Requirements


4.1        Class Attendance

You are expected to attend at least 90% of all non-examination class time and 100% of all exams.


4.2       Format of Lessons

The format of this course will be a combination of In-Class (50 Hours) & On-Line/Self-Study Work (400 Hours). The 10 classes will be held approximately once a month for between 3 and 6 hours (request schedule of classes for the specific up-coming sections of this course. Between class meetings, your 400 hours of self-study work will include readings, projects, on-line activities and on-line quizzes. Some of the self-study work will be graded & included as part of your final grade.


4.3       Final Foundations Exam

The on-line Unit Quizzes will help you prepare for your exam. In addition, your instructor will give you practical tips for studying and preparing throughout the semester.


During the last class of the session, you will be required to complete a written final Foundations Exam. This exam will cover all of the Foundations work that either we have done in class or was assigned for self-study homework.


This exam will be scored out of 100%.  Minimum passing grade is 80%.  Upon unsuccessful completion, one make-up exam may be taken, for an additional fee.  Upon successful completion, you may begin your case studies.


4.4       Case Studies

Upon successful completion of your written final Foundations Exam, you will be required to complete 30 case studies.


Your instructor will help prepare you to do the case studies.


Case studies will be reviewed by your instructor, and will be graded on a pass/fail basis.  Upon unsuccessful completion, you may complete those case studies that need to be improved, for an additional fee.  Upon successful completion, you may schedule your Final Practical Exam.


4.5      Aromatherapy Session

BEFORE you finish your case studies and take your Hands-On Practical Exam, you must have received one professional AROMATHERAPY session from a CFA-certified, professional member.


4.6       Final Practical Exam

After all of the other requirements have been met, you will be required to take a Final Practical Exam.


Basically, you will conduct an AROMATHERAPY session on your instructor (who will role play a client), going through every part of the protocol for a first visit. This will include setting up, welcoming the client, performing all assessments, making an Individualized Blend, doing the Basic Aromassage Routine,  and recording the session.


This exam will be scored out of 100%.  Minimum passing grade is 80%.  Upon unsuccessful completion, one make-up exam may be taken, for an additional fee.  Upon successful completion of this and all other course requirements, you will be awarded your certificate.


4.7       Other Activities

It is highly recommended that you become a student member of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA); this will give you the opportunity to meet other aromatherapists, participate in professional activities, and buy insurance coverage for when you work on your case studies. Further information will be given in class.


5   Additional Services Provided


5.1       On-line Facilities

As part of your enrollment benefits, you will be given an on-line Moodle account.  This account will give you access to additional study materials, unit quizzes, student information and chat areas, and other course information.


You can access our web-based resources and chat rooms 7 days a week at the following address:



5.2       Teacher/Tutor Contact

Throughout the course, you will be guided by your instructor or a specific tutor, who will be accessible in-person 5 days a week. You will be given a list of specific hours that your teacher/tutor will be available so that you can contact her/him live.


You can also contact your teacher/tutor by mail, fax, or email 7 days a week.  Your teacher/tutor will contact you within 48 hours, Monday through Friday.


5.3       Additional Hands-On Practice

From time to time, your instructor may make available opportunities for you to get additional, supervised practice in a clinic setting.


6     Books & Materials


6.1.       On-line Practice Exercises & Quizzes

You will have free access to the course Moodle site until you complete your final practical exam.



6.2       Materials/Equipment To Be Purchased By Student


6.2.1    Before the first class

•  Mandatory Texts (titles given upon registration)

•  Essential Oils Starter Kit (price to be determined upon registration)

•  Loose-leaf Binder & Paper

•  Pens/Pencils, Colored Pencils/Crayons


6.2.2    Before Module Three

•  1 White Lab coat

•  Massage Table (needed when beginning Aromatherapy body work)

•  2 sheets

•  2 Pillows

•  1 Blanket

•  1 Wash cloth, 2 Towels

•  Wet naps

•  Powder, Lotion


7  Fees:  Click here to see current fees & course dates.



7.1       Payment Plans


7.1.1       Choice of Plans

You may pay in full by cash or cheque or money order 2 weeks before the beginning of class.


You may pay in1, 2 or 3 parts: the first payment may be in cash, cheque or money order 2 weeks before the beginning of class, and the second payment and third payment, to be made at the same time, may be in cash, cheque or a post-dated (1 & 2 months later) check.

No refunds after the first class date or when access to the Course Web Site has been given.


7.1.2       Fees For Returned/Insufficient-Fund Checks

There is a $25 fee for checks returned for insufficient-funds.


7.2       Refunds: Withdrawal From A Course

BelArome Distance Education operates a refund policy which is fair and equitable.


Notification of withdrawal from a course must be received in writing within 14 days of payment in order to qualify for a full refund (less postage, handling and administration costs - minimum $100).


No refunds after the first class date or when access to the Course Web Site has been given.


8   Course Completion

Certification will be awarded upon successful completion (grade of 80% or better) of course attendance, Final Foundations Exam, Final Practical Exam, Unit Quizzes and Case Studies.  In addition, you must receive one AROMATHERAPY session from a CFA -certified practitioner.


Upon awarding of certificate, student will become eligible for membership in the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists as a Professional Member.


8.1       Completion Time Limit

Certification Courses (150 to 300 hours) should be completed within 18 months of the first day of class.



8.1.1       On-line Practice Quizzes

On-line Practice Quizzes must be successfully completed before Final Foundations Exam can be taken.


8.1.2       Final Foundations Exam

Final Foundations Exam must be successfully completed on final day of class session.


8.1.3       Case Studies

Case Studies must be completed within 6 months of last class session.  They must be marked and completed before the Final Practical Exam can be taken.  It will take at least 2 weeks for case studies to be reviewed and graded, so plan accordingly.


8.1.4       Aromatherapy Session

You must have an AROMATHERAPY session from a CFA -approved practitioner . The documentation for this is due when your case study notebook is due.


8.1.5       Final Practical Exam

Final Practical Exam must be completed within 6 months of last class session.


8.2       Deferments and Extensions

If there is a valid reason, you may apply to the office manager in writing for a deferment or extension. If you demonstrate exceptional circumstances, we will grant 6 month deferments, as necessary. Additional fees may apply.


9   Conditions Of Enrollment

All students must be at least 18 years old to apply for admission.


Students will not be discriminated against because of gender, religion, or race.


There is a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination, violence, abuse (verbal or physical), or intoxication.  Students exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be expelled immediately without refund.


10  About The Instructor - Dr. Sheryl Beller-Kenner

Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered”, , I have spent much time over the past 20 years making healing preparations from the gifts of the  plants. And I have discovered, “If you listen, they will teach you.”


Learning is about mindful listening. I have received my naturopathic training from various places in order to develop a well-rounded approach to complementary health care. I received my certification as a Chartered Herbalist (designation of CH) from Dominion Herbal College in British Columbia, Canada, as an aromatherapist who does aromatherapy massage (designation of CAHP) from Ontario, Canada, as a foot reflexologist (designation of RCRT) and a Level II Reiki practitioner, from here in Montreal, Canada.  My work in Spiritual Phytoessencing with Dr. Bruce Berkowsky and earned designation as a registered Spiritual PhytoEssencing practitioner(R.SPE.P.) and Group Training Leader, has taught me how to take my work with essential oils and with clients to a much higher, much more spiritual level. In addition, my training as a Certified HeartMath Provider has given me the tools to help all of my clients and students relieve the stress that causes emotional, physical, mental and spiritual imbalances.


I am currently a member in good standing of the following professional organizations: Association Canadienne des Thérapeutes en Médecines Douces/Canadian Association of Therapists in Complementary Medicine (formerly Association Canadienne des Massothérapeutes et Autres Thérapeutes en Médecines Alternatives/Canadian Association of Massage Therapists and Other Therapists in Alternative Medicine) (ACTMD/CATCM); National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA); Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA); Reflexology Association of Canada (RAC) - National and Montreal Chapter; and International Association of Aromatherapists (AIA). In addition, I am a member of the educational committee for the CFA and the AIA (chair).


Teaching is also about mindful listening. For over 35 years, I have been teaching people of all ages all over North America. I currently offer introductory and professional certification courses in aromatherapy, herbology and reflexology right here in Montreal.


Working with clients is also about heart-based listening. In addition to being the full-time director of BelArôme Holistic Health Centre and the Montreal HeartMath Stress Reduction Clinic, I run a thriving private practice. I support all of my clients in getting in touch with their hearts and the ‘small spark within’ and showing them how this can lead them to a well-balanced, calm, healthy lifestyle.


If we open our minds and our hearts, we will discover that we have everything we right here in front of us. Join me!


11 Schedule & Registration:   Click here to see current fees & course dates.


11.1 Class Size

Class enrollment is limited to 6 participants. Please register early to hold your spot.

Contact us for an appointment to register.



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