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To report an incident or adverse effect using essential oils, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 519-746-1594, by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com. For any emergency, please contact a physician, poison control center or 911.

You must be a CFA Member to be added to our Practitioner Directory on our website. If you wish to become a CFA member and wish to add/remove/edit your profile on the Practitioner Directory, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 519-746-1594, by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

Currently the CFA Journal is available to our members only and is submitted digitally to all members on a quarterly basis. If you are currently a member and have not received a copy of the journal, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

To submit an article for publication or to purchase advertising space in the CFA Journal, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 519-746-1594, by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

The year starts the day you join, not calendar year. If you enroll as a member on June 1, 2017, you must renew your membership and insurance on June 1, 2018.

The minimum insurance requirement for your own protection and that of your clients is mal-practice insurance. This is especially needed if you provide body treatments or sell products you create for the public. The specific coverage requirements may differ from province to province and will vary on how many modalities you will practice and whether you do body treatments and whether you create products for individual clients or retail market.  It is best to review the insurance breakdown and contact an insurance advisor for more details. To be a Professional Practicing CFA Member, you are required to carry the minimum insurance requirement. Lackner McLennan Insurance Company currently provides competitive group rates for our CFA members. Click here for more details.

You will be required to submit your CEUs every 2 yrs (for example, if you became a member Jan 1 2016, you would be required to submit your CEUs by Jan 1 2018). Current submission years are 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022 etc. CEUs must be included when renewing your membership and may be sent via postal mail or email. Click here for more details.

Primary and Secondary activity hours count towards CEUs. Primary activity are directly related to aromatherapy (1hr of activity is required to achieve 1 CEU). Secondary activities are indirectly related to aromatherapy (2hrs of activity are required to achieve 1 CEU). A minimum of 6 CEUs must come from Primary Activities for each 2 year period. Click here for more details.

Currently, you are required as a CFA professional member to generate 12 CEUs every 2 years.

CEUs are Continuing Education Credits. Currently, you are required as a CFA professional member to generate 12 CEUs every 2 years. These can be attained by joining ongoing education courses in aromatherapy schools, reviewing research papers or writing articles and submitting them to the CFA for posting & review, or by volunteering on one of our many committees, or providing public education classes on aromatherapy. If you are unsure whether something will count towards CEUs, please email the CFA head office so it may be reviewed cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

By obtaining your aromatherapy certification through a CFA approved school, you receive instruction from an approved instructor and an accredited school that meets the CFA’s high standards of education. You also attain membership in a world recognized aromatherapy association and can receive an official aromatherapy designation CAHP (Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional) or CAP (Certified Aromatherapist Practitioner).

Please visit our CFA School Directory for a list of current CFA approved schools. Click here for the current directory.

To become a CFA approved school that will also be advertised on our CFA website in the School Directory, your education curriculum will have to be submitted to our Educational Committee for review and approval. Please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 519-746-1594, by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com for further details on how to proceed.

The CFA is a non-profit organization and hence we rely on the generous time, resources and skills donated by our volunteers to operate all aspects of the business needs. Whether you wish to volunteer on a specific committee, create a new one, assist with events, be part of the Board of Directors or assist with some administration duties, we can always use a helping hand. Send us an email to find out more about the events and online meetings that occur every month within our committees. We have committees for membership, legal, research, education, & media/marketing. If any of these appeal to you, give us a call. Or, you can join us on the forum and get to know some of the members and find out what they are doing as well. Please contact our CFA office at  519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com for more details.

The CFA conducts bi-yearly educational events for our members and we are always looking for professional speakers that can provide advanced education on subjects such as aromatherapy itself (the science, the chemistry, new research), the use or application of essential oils with other modalities, business tools and resources to be entrepreneurs, marketing, holistic health etc. If you or someone you know would like to be a speaker at one of our events, please contact our CFA office at  519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

Essential oils are non-oily aromatic liquids occurring naturally in various parts of plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, woods and spices. They contain the life force of the plant and have the ability to strengthen our immune system and to stimulate our body’s natural healing abilities. to get a quality essential oil. Click here for more details.

Aromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils for improving and maintaining health and beauty. Click here for more details.

The field of Aromatherapy offers a wide range of potential careers to explore including:

  • Aromatherapy or Aromatic consultant
  • Business Owner
  • Aromatherapy Writer
  • Spa Consultant/Practitioner
  • Retail Specialist
  • Aromatherapy Educator
  • Integrative Healthcare Practitioner
  • Product Designer
  • Hospice/Palliative care
  • Web Retail Stores
  • Therapeutic Product line Development

You will attend a CFA approved school and complete the necessary examinations and First Aid/CPR certification. You may be required to take the CFA exam if you completed a certification with a school that is not recognized by the CFA.
Contact the CFA by email, or call us:
Email: cfamanager@cfacanada.com
Phone: 519 746-1594
Fax: 519 746-9493

Your membership is a yearly subscription and can be renewed by phone, email or postal mail by completing a Membership Application Form. Click here for access to the Membership Application Form.

We look at each applicant on a case by case basis. Please contact our CFA office at 519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com to obtain more information and discuss your particular situation.

You may be required to complete a CFA entrance exam. Please contact our CFA office at 519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com to obtain more information.

There are seven different membership levels. Click here for a detailed description on each membership type.

  • Professional Member (Voting) $140.00
  • International Member (Voting) $150.00
  • Aromatologist/Aromacologist (Voting) $140.00
  • Non-Practicing Professional Member (Voting) $140.00
  • Professional Instructor Membership (Voting) $140.00
  • Student Member (Non-Voting) $ 45.00
  • Affiliate member (Non-Voting) $ 85.00

Yes, you may be a member of several professional associations at the same time, unless the specific guidelines of an association specify otherwise due to conflict of interest.

Yes, as a student currently enrolled in an aromatherapy course, you can enroll as a Student Member (non-voting). Click here for more details.

Click here to download the CFA membership  application form or contact our CFA office at 519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

The requirements are different depending on which type of membership you select.
Successfully writing the CFA National Exam, holding professional liability insurance and having current CPR/first aid qualifications are all mandatory requirements for Professional Members of the CFA. Continuing education units (CEUs) are required to maintain professional Membership Status. Click here for more details.

As a CFA member you have access to current and accurate information about aromatherapy.
Through our website directories, Facebook page and chat room you have access to Canadian Aromatherapy Professionals and CFA approved schools.
You will receive a quarterly journal with useful research and inspiring stories about the use of essential oils and complimentary heath.
You will be offered discounts for events, products and services.
You will be part of a growing community of complimentary health professionals.
You will have the opportunity to make a difference, by directing the future of the CFA and the aromatherapy industry in Canada. Click here to find out how to volunteer for the CFA.

The Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists upholds the highest standards and guidelines in education and practice for professional Aromatherapists in Canada. Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower the general public in the safe use of essential oils and to provide up to date directories of CFA approved schools and Aromatherapists. The CFA wishes to connect with the general public and build a community of informed and educated essential oil users that understand the health benefits of incorporating these beautiful botanical gifts in our daily lives. In becoming a member, you are supporting our efforts in creating a strong network of professional Aromatherapists.

The Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists is a non-profit organization formed in early 1993 by a group of individuals concerned with the tremendous growth and popularity of Aromatherapy. These individuals, from varying backgrounds, recognized that there was no governing body or organization for the general public to call for information, or to verify that those claiming to be Aromatherapists were indeed qualified. The CFA was established to foster continuing growth, quality and high standards of education and practice within the aromatherapy. Click here for more details.

The CFA is a non-profit organization and as such we are always looking to build relationships with like-minded companies that believe in the power of holistic complimentary health and are interested in supporting us in offering continued education to members and accurate and science based information about the safe use of essential oils to the public. If you are part of responsible and ethical company that wishes to donate or sponsor the CFA, either for an event or in general, please contact our CFA office at 519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

Yes you can and we would love for you to take advantage of advertising your services or products to our aromatherapy members. Please contact our CFA office for more details,
519-746-1594 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

The CFA suggests you consider attending a school that has had their curriculum reviewed and approved by the CFA, to ensure a higher standard of education. Click here for a directory of CFA approved schools.

An aromatherapist utilizes essential oils to enable the body’s natural healing process. As an aromatherapist, one is professionally trained in the properties of application and contra-indications of essential oils.