The answer to this will depend on who you are asking. At the present time, British Columbia is the only government to recognize Aromatherapy as a distinct profession and has granted Occupational Title Protection to the members of the BCAOA (British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy) with the exclusive right for its members to call themselves Registered Aromatherapists (R.A.).
At this time, neither Reflexology nor Color/Crystal Therapy have such occupational designations in any country although one prominent Reflexology school in Colorado, The Modern Institute of Reflexology, has gained occupational designation for their institution in that state. MIR has been designated by the Colorado State Division of Private Occupational Schools – Dept. of Higher Education as an approved school. Our Reflexologist who developed the reflexology modules for our courses was trained at MIR as a Certified Reflexologist, a Master Reflexologist and a Dr. of Reflexology.
The Alternative Healing Academy’s Advanced Reflexologist and Advanced ReflexAromatherapist courses provide the education and prerequisites necessary to apply for membership in the National Therapies Certification Board and in Reflexology-USA.org as a professional member. In the United States, the NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) has put into place their Approved Standards for Aromatherapy Training. The Alternative Healing Academy’s Advanced Reflexologist and Advanced ReflexAromatherapist courses meet and exceed these standards and we are in the application process of becoming approved through NAHA.
Also, Advanced Aromatherapy and the Advanced ReflexAromatherapist courses provide the education and prerequisites necessary to sit for the Aromatherapy Registration Council examination.
In Canada, there are a number of different Associations including the BCAPA (British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists and the CFA (Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists). Time will tell if one authoritative body or association becomes the standard by which to judge and govern the educational offerings of these alternative healing modalities.
It has to be noted that NO form of aromatherapy “certification” is currently recognized in the USA by anyone other than those in the trade, nor is aromatherapy (or essential oils in the aromatherapy trade) regulated by any governmental body.