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Certification system
To ensure the robust dissemination and development of aromatherapy, the Aroma Environment Association of Japan offers the following qualifications.
Qualification process
1) Aromatherapy Proficiency Examination Level 1
This examination can be taken from any level.
2) AEAJ admission
Anyone may apply for membership in the AEAJ (as an individual member) regardless of qualification.
3) Certification Workshop
4) Aromatherapy Advisor
5) Aromatherapy Instructor, Aromatherapist
Professional qualifications for members
Once certified, a member must continue to be an AEAJ member in good standing for his / her professional qualifications to remain valid.
Overview of qualifications
Aromatherapist
  A person holding this qualification is certified to have the skills needed to provide aromatherapy, including treatment and consultation, to the general public. This qualification is suitable for those wishing to actually provide aromatherapy to third parties as a professional aromatherapist or a volunteer. Approximately 1,300 persons have been certified as Aromatherapists to date.
* To be certified as an Aromatherapist, a person already certified as an Aromatherapy Advisor must take and pass the Aromatherapist Examination, a practical examination in body treatment, and a chart screening, and then complete the registration procedures.
 
Aromatherapy Instructor
  A person holding this qualification is certified to have the skills needed to offer expert guidance on knowledge and methods required by members of the general public to practice safe, correct and productive aromatherapy in their families and local communities. This qualification is suitable for those wishing to engage in educational activities as a volunteer or an instructor at local cultural classes and specialist schools. Nearly 6,000 persons have received certification as Aromatherapy Instructors thus far.
* To be certified as an Aromatherapy Instructor, a person already certified as an Aromatherapy Advisor must take and pass the Aromatherapy Instructor Examination and complete the registration procedures.
 
Aromatherapy Advisor
  A person holding this qualification is certified to be knowledgeable in the means of using essential oils and other materials and the effectiveness of aromatherapy for relaxation and refreshment, and to have the skills needed to convey this knowledge correctly to the public in line with safety and legal requirements. This qualification is suitable for those wishing to engage in sales or to provide advice on safe aromatherapy to the general public. About 36,500 persons have qualified as Aromatherapy Advisors.
* To be certified as an Aromatherapy Advisor, a person must pass Level 1 of the Aromatherapy Proficiency Examination, join the AEAJ, attend an Aromatherapy Advisor Certification Workshop, and then complete the registration procedures.
Qualifications for the general public (Aromatherapy Proficiency Examination)
The Aromatherapy Proficiency Examination is an examination open to the general public and offered twice each year (in May and November). Anyone may take the examination at either level; there are no age or experience restrictions. Approximately 80,100 persons have passed this examination.
Overview of qualifications
Level 2
  Tests the knowledge used to enjoy aromatherapy for oneself and to maintain health.
 
Level 1
  Tests the knowledge used to enjoy aromatherapy together with family members and/or other acquaintances and to maintain health.
* The numbers given above for persons obtaining qualifications are all cumulative totals from the establishment of the qualifications.
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