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Advanced Practice Clinical Aromatherapist (APCA) Membership

The Advanced Practice Clinical Aromatherapist (APCA) Membership (Previously APAIA Level) – Special Application Process

Please read this page before applying for Advanced Practitioner Membership.

The AIA offers an advanced level of membership. The Education Committee established the guidelines for various levels of aromatherapy training, including training at the Advanced Practitioner level. 

The requirements for the Advanced Practitioner designation include:

  • Graduation from an advanced/clinical level school or equivalent training (minimum of 400 contact hours collectively with a minimum of 50 hours in Anatomy & Physiology). Curriculum to be comparable to AIA’s Level 3 guidelines for advanced practice.
  • Completion of one year of practice (post-graduation) before applying to become an Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner, with the exception of anyone currently practicing in a health care setting for a minimum of one year - such as a nurse.
  • Submittal of four (4) case studies to qualify as an Advanced Aromatherapy Practitioner after graduation (may be from your first year in practice).
  • Submittal of a copy of certificate(s) or diploma(s) awarded with the initial application.
  • Submittal of a copy of your school transcript(s) (including hours of study) with the initial application.
  • Recommend Practitioner liability insurance coverage 
  • To renew the Advanced Practitioner membership, you must have completed 20 contacts hours of CEs during the previous membership year. CLICK HERE to see a list of approved CE (continuing professional development) categories.
  • Payment of dues at the Advanced Practitioner Level
  • Membership with AIA in good standing

There is a non-refundable $25 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 CE 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?

You will be able to use the initials APCA after 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 APCA 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 can be accepted throughout the year. Applications may take 30-45 days to process. Click here to download the Advanced Practitioner Renewal Form.

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 by email within one week of the board meeting.

Yes, I want to apply for the APCA membership category and understand there is a non-refundable fee of $25 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.

Click here to obtain the application for APCA membership: $25 fee.

For more information contact the office: 1-877-531-6377 or 303-531-6377 (Mountain Time)


AIA reserves the right to refuse membership to any individual who may disgrace the organization’s positive reputation or disparage the organization, its members, officers or administration.

About us

Founded in 2006, the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the professional organization representing aromatherapists.

AIA aims to increase awareness of and expand access to aromatherapists, help its members build successful practices, expand the body of aromatherapy research, and serve as a resource for members, the media and the public.

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