Frequently Asked Questions

Report an incident – Safety2017-05-02T18:42:05+00:00

To report an incident or adverse effect using essential oils, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 613-330-6395, by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com. For any emergency, please contact a physician, poison control center or 911.

How can I receive a copy of the CFA Newsletter?2019-01-17T22:58:02+00:00

Currently the CFA Newsletter is available to all our members only and is submitted digitally on a quarterly basis. If you are currently a member and have not received a copy of the newsletter, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 613-330-6395 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

CFA Quarterly Newsletter2019-01-17T22:58:32+00:00

To submit an article for publication or to purchase advertising space in the CFA Newsletter, please contact our Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) office either by phone at 613-330-6395, or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com

Do I have to pay for a full year membership and insurance no matter when I join during the year?2017-05-02T18:40:47+00:00

The year starts the day you join, not calendar year. If you enroll as a member on June 1, 2018, you must renew your membership and insurance on June 1, 2019.

Must I have insurance to be recognized as a Professional CFA member?2019-01-17T22:59:10+00:00

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 if you create products for individual clients or the 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. Membership login is required to access further details.

How and when do I submit my CEUs?2019-01-17T22:59:36+00:00

You will be required to submit your CEUs every 2 years. For example, if you became a member Jan 1 2018, you would be required to submit your CEUs by Jan 1 2020. Current submission years are 2018, 2020, 2022 etc. CEUs must be included when renewing your membership and may be submitted through your member account. Membership login required to access CEUs log sheet.

What counts towards a CEU?2019-01-17T22:59:59+00:00

Primary and Secondary activity hours count towards CEUs. Primary activity are directly related to aromatherapy (1 hr of activity is required to achieve 1 CEU). Secondary activities are indirectly related to aromatherapy (2 hrs of activity are required to achieve 1 CEU). A minimum of 12 CEUs must come from Primary Activities for each 2-year period.  Please login to your member account for more details on CEU course offerings.

How many CEUs do I need to keep my professional membership status?2017-05-02T18:39:50+00:00

Currently, you are required as a CFA professional member to generate 24 CEUs every 2 years.

What are CEUs?2017-05-02T18:39:38+00:00

CEUs are Continuing Education Credits. Currently, you are required as a CFA professional member to generate 24 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.

Why obtain certification through a CFA approved school?2019-01-17T23:00:22+00:00

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).

Where can I find a CFA approved school?2017-05-02T18:39:12+00:00

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

How do I become a CFA approved school?2017-05-02T18:38:58+00:00

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 613-330-6395, by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com for further details on how to proceed.

How can I become involved with the CFA as a volunteer?2019-01-17T23:00:49+00:00

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. We have committees for Education, Grievance & Resolution, Membership, Events, and Media/Social network.

If any of these appeal to you, give us a call or send us an email to find out more about the events and online meetings that occur every month within our committees. 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.

To become a volunteer, click on Join a CFA Committee to submit a short form. For any other inquiries, please contact our CFA office at 613-330-6395 or email cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

I wish to be a professional speaker at a CFA event2019-01-17T23:01:11+00:00

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)
  • 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 613-330-6395 or email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.

What are Essential Oils?2019-01-17T23:01:59+00:00

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 stimulate our body’s natural healing capacities, and to get quality essential oil. Click here for more details.

What is Aromatherapy?2017-05-02T18:37:50+00:00

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

What are the career options when you become an aromatherapist?2017-05-02T18:36:42+00:00

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
How do I become a certified CFA approved aromatherapist?2019-01-17T23:02:11+00:00

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. Please contact the CFA at cfamanager@cfacanada.com or call 613-330-6395.

I am an existing CFA Member. How and when do I renew my membership?2019-01-17T23:02:30+00:00

Your membership is a yearly subscription. As a member with a CFA account, you will be automatically notified to renew and pay online before expiry. Usually, your membership expires 1 year from the date you become a member. Login to access your member account.

I have not been practicing for several years and would like to get back into the profession and become a member, what do I need to do?2017-05-02T18:34:19+00:00

We look at each applicant on a case by case basis. Please contact our CFA office at 613-330-6395 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com to obtain more information and discuss your particular situation.

How can I join the CFA if I have been practising for many years and did not complete my training through a CFA approved school?2017-05-02T18:33:52+00:00

You may be required to complete a CFA entrance exam. Please contact our CFA office at 613-330-6395 or by email at cfamanager@cfacanada.com to obtain more information.

What is the cost for a yearly CFA membership?2019-01-17T23:03:34+00:00

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

Practicing or Non-Practicing Professional (CAHP) Membership (Voting) $140.00

Practicing or Non-Practicing International Membership (Non-Voting) $140.00

Student Membership (Non-Voting)  NOW $25.00

Affiliate membership (Non-Voting) $ 85.00

Professional School Membership (Voting) $120.00


Honorary Lifetime Membership (Non-voting)

Friends of Aromatherapy (Non-Voting) $25.00

I'm already a member of another organization, can I also join the CFA?2017-05-02T18:31:38+00:00

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.

If I am currently a student, can I still become a CFA Member?2017-05-02T18:31:23+00:00

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

How do I register to become a CFA Member?2019-01-17T23:03:58+00:00

Step 1: Click on Become a Member (found under menu tab “Membership”)

Step #2: Select the membership level you want and fill in the corresponding application fields and attach any required supporting documents before submission.

What is required to become a CFA Member?2019-01-17T23:04:22+00:00

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.

For any inquiries, please contact CFA office at 613-330-6395 or email


CFA member benefits2019-01-17T23:05:01+00:00
  • 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 health
  • You will be offered discounts for 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

To view full member list, please click on Benefits.

Why become a CFA member?2019-01-17T23:05:12+00:00

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.

As a member, you become part of a growing community of like-minded people with similar interests, where support is found whether its on social media or networking through events.

In becoming a member, you are supporting our efforts in creating a strong network of professional Aromatherapists. Interested to become a CFA member? Click on Become a Member. To view full member list, please click on Benefits.

Who is the CFA?2017-05-02T18:29:58+00:00

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.

How can I become a sponsor/donate to the CFA and support their cause?2019-01-17T23:05:27+00:00

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, accurate and science- based information about the safe use of essential oils to the public.

If you are part of a 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 613-330-6395 or email us at cfamanager@cfacanada.com.  Click on Become a Sponsor for an upcoming CFA event.

Can I advertise my services and products through the CFA website and/or quarterly journal?2019-01-17T23:05:35+00:00

Yes you can! 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, 613-330-6395 or email us at cfamanager@cfacanada.com

Where can I learn about aromatherapy?2017-05-02T18:28:57+00:00

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.

What is an aromatherapist?2017-05-02T18:23:47+00:00

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.