We know you may have some questions about us or the program. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions for your reference. If you still need help, please contact us today.
1. How is the course taught?
The aromatherapy course is taught through distance learning. Upon registration in the course, students are mailed their first manual which is AT101. Upon successful completion of AT101, students are mailed their second manual which is AT201.
Because distance learning can be a solitary endeavor, there are a number of interactive components to create a classroom-like environment.
Orientation: each student receives a three and a half hour orientation once they receive their AT101 manual. This allows the student to begin the course with their questions and concerns answered to confidently navigate the program. It also allows the student and instructor an opportunity to establish a connection with one another.
As an alternative to the 3.5 hour Orientation done via GoToMeeting, new students can receive a pre-recorded Orientation for Modules 1 – 3. Modules 4 and 5 will be done via GoToMeeting and this will take 1.5 hours.
- Provides an opportunity for support from fellow students.
- Draws on the experience of others by sharing examples, references and ideas.
- Allows students to view questions asked by others that he or she may not have thought of.
- Creates a safe environment for students to share personal experiences.
- Fosters respect of individual opinions and observations.
Monthly Seminars: Colleen offers optional monthly seminars which supplement the course curriculum. The seminars are provided at no cost to the student.
- The seminar topics are over and above the course curriculum and provide:
- In-depth learning.
- New research in aromatherapy.
- Essential oil profiles not covered in the course.
- Various conditions and corresponding essential oils.
- More in-depth information on topics covered in the curriculum
- Topics not covered in course curriculum.
- Current and new regulatory guidelines and relevant information.
- Recaps of proceedings from international aromatherapy conferences.
- Guest speakers who provide expertise in their area of knowledge.
- Networking opportunities.
- Renewed motivation.
- Monthly seminars are offered at three different times during the day so as to meet the needs of students with different work schedules and who live in different time zones
- Students who are unable, or choose not to attend, and new students to the program will receive monthly seminar notes; it is important to Colleen that all students are provided the same level of education.
Added Value: in addition to the above, Colleen provides a variety of learning aids:
- Colleen has developed chemistry flash cards to assist as a study guide.
- Several times a year she sends out an aromatherapy crossword puzzle or a trivia quiz to help make learning fun – prizes are involved!
- Each module comes with review questions to prepare you for exams.
2. How involved is the instructor?
Colleen is a very hands-on instructor. When a student receives their first manual, she sets up a 2.5-hour orientation, via phone, GoToMeeting or in person, to go over the manual and the course requirements. Additionally, Colleen is always available to answer questions and provides one-on-one tutoring at no extra cost.
3. Why should I take the Essence of Thyme Aromatherapy Certification Course?
Colleen has been involved in aromatherapy since 1995 and received her certification in 1998, as well as her Adult Education Diploma Program in 1997. Her expertise in these areas is reflected in the course material which takes into consideration the various learning styles, the ease in which to navigate the manuals, the depth and clarity of information, and the user-friendly designed full-colour manuals. Colleen has also owned several successful wholesale and retail aromatherapy businesses and brings this experience along with her background as a master formulator, spa practitioner, and instructor to the course material and to her students.
The Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies is the only course available that is recognized by:
- British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy – Registered Aromatherapist®; RA®; Essential Oil Therapist®: EOT®
- The Alliance of International Aromatherapists – Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner (formerly Clinical Aromatherapist)
- The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy – Professional Aromatherapist.
4. Once I complete the course, what can I call myself?
Various aromatherapy schools have different “titles”. These can range from Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner to Master’s in Aromatherapy. These are designations the school has chosen to call their graduates upon completion of the course; however, the designations that carry weight are those granted by the Professional Aromatherapy Associations. In order to be recognized by an Aromatherapy Association, the school and instructor must undergo a rigorous audit of the course materials. Each Association has their particular requirements in terms of curriculum and number of hours/course length. Based upon these requirements a school is recognized at a particular level. For instance, the Essence of Thyme course is recognized at the highest level by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, which is Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner (formerly Clinical Aromatherapist). Technically, when a student completes an aromatherapy course of a certain length (200 – 600 hours) and covers a particular curriculum they are considered to be a Certified Aromatherapist and once they join an association, they are permitted to use the designations trademarked by the association.
5. Time Frame
The Essence of Thyme Aromatherapy Course is approximately 600 hours in length. The course is self-paced and Colleen recognizes that everyone has a unique set of circumstances which will dictate how long the student can dedicate to completing the program. The average time to complete the full program is 15 months and students are given 2 years to complete it. In certain circumstances there is some flexibility as long as progress is being made and there is on-going communication between Colleen and the student.
6. Do I need to purchase all of the essential oils covered in the course?
This is not a requirement and furthermore, not necessary. I recommend that students start with a kit of about 10 – 15 essential oils, a carrier oil, a natural lotion and some empty bottles for blending. You can then build your kit slowly with the essential oils you are drawn to.
7. Do I need to purchase any supplemental books or other equipment?
There is no requirement to purchase anything other than the essential oil kit mentioned above. The course material is very comprehensive and no other books or equipment are needed. If you do want to supplement the course material Colleen would be happy to provide a recommended list of books.
8. Do I need to do the case studies on “real people”?
You do need to do the case studies on actual people. This allows you to take the theoretical information learned and apply it in a practical way. The case studies require documents to be completed and these are provided to you along with examples of case study write-ups.
9. Exams and Compulsory Tasks:
Exams are emailed out on the day and time requested by the student. The first midterm is open-book and the student has 24 hours to complete it. The final exam in AT101 and the midterm in AT201 are emailed out and are closed-book and more tightly timed. The final exam in AT201 is proctored. The passing mark for each exam is 70%.
Students are required to complete two tasks: 1) 15 Case Studies in AT101; and 2) 15 Case Studies plus a Research Project in AT201.
Additionally, Canadian students are required to write the National Board Exam. Colleen provides a study guide and tutorials to assist in preparing for the Board Exam.
10. What career opportunities are there in the field of aromatherapy?
- Aromatherapy Consultant – creating personalized blends for specific conditions.
- Aromatherapy Industry Consultant – product development.
- Aromatherapy Developer – i.e. Aromatherapy Skin Care Line.
- Aromatherapy Research and Development.
- Aromatherapy advocate i.e. sustainability.
- Essential Oil Importer/Distributor
- Essential Oil Wholesaler.
- Essential Oil Retailer.
- Clinical Aromatherapist i.e. Medical setting such as hospital.
- Holistic aromatherapist i.e. Aromatherapy massage/treatments.
- Aromatherapy Educator.
- Aromatherapy Author.
- Aromatherapy in a Hospice Setting.
- Aromatherapy in a Care Home Setting.