The Advanced Practitioner Membership Program – Special Application Process
The Education Committee has established the guidelines for various levels of aromatherapy training, including training at the Advanced Practitioner level. For those who are currently studying or planning to achieve this Advanced level, the AIA offers a new tier of membership.
Please read this page before applying for Advanced Practitioner Membership.
Can’t wait to get started? Click here to obtain the application for Advanced Practitioner membership: $20 fee.
The requirements for the Advanced Practitioner designation include:
- Attendance at a clinical level school or equivalent training (minimum of 400 contact hours collectively with a minimum of 50 hours in Anatomy & Physiology).
- Submittal of a case study with the initial application.
- Submittal of a copy of certificate(s) or dipoma(s) awarded with the initial application.
- Submittal of a copy of your school transcript(s) with the initial application.
- CPR/First Aid Certificate submitted with the initial application and updated annually.
- Practitioner liability insurance coverage certificate submitted with the initial application and updated annually.
- To renew the Advanced Practitioner membership, you must have completed 20 contacts hours of CPDs during the previous membership year. Click here to see a list of approved CPD (continuing professional development) categories.
- Payment of dues at the Advanced Practitioner Level
- Membership with AIA in good standing
For those members who already meet the requirements for the Advanced Practitioner AIA membership and have a current First Aid/CPR certificate, you may request an application to “upgrade” your membership to the Advanced Practitioner level before the July annual renewal date. There is a non-refundable $20 fee that upon acceptance at the “AP” level will be applied to your annual dues which may be pro-rated, depending on when you apply and are approved.
The CPD requirements are similar to those needed to maintain the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) Registered Aromatherapist (RA™) credential, as well as maintaining a professional or clinical membership in an international aromatherapy organization; such as the IFA, IAAMA or IFPA.
What are the benefits of being an Advanced Practitioner of the AIA?
- Your clients will recognize that you have achieved a level of excellence in your education and practice, and you continue to keep current with research and training.
- You will be able to use the initials APAIAafter your name to indicate that your education in clinical aromatherapy meets the new standards for clinical aromatherapy training as outlined by the AIA.
Please note: The APAIA program does not negate the purpose of or the achievement of an RA™ status through the ARC.
Guidelines and Forms have been prepared to provide you with a comprehensive document for processing your application. Simply print out the pages that you desire. The application form may be filled out on the computer then printed out for signature and filing. Please read through all the instructions and if you have any questions please contact us.
Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis throughout the year.
Completed applications submitted will be first reviewed by the AIA Review Committee, who will then propose proper status to the Board for approval. Once the Board approves the recommendation from the Review Committee, the member will be notified before the next quarter deadline date.
Yes, I want to apply for the APAIA membership category and understand there is a non-refundable fee of $20 to obtain the application. Upon acceptance this fee will be deducted from your membership dues. Included in the application is a comprehensive set of Guidelines and Forms.
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