Our History

The CFA (Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists) was established in 1993 by a group of individuals in the complementary wellness industry who recognized the need for a governing body.

The goal was to establish and maintain high standards of practice as well as educational guidelines for aromatherapist certification in Canada, and to provide current and accessible product and practice information to both members and the general public.

The first CFA Education Committee was formed in 1999 and over the years it has set high standards for certification, safety, and professional conduct.  

A core curriculum has been established and all CFA-approved schools meet or exceed these requirements and administer the CFA National Exam. In 2009, the CFA updated the national curriculum for education to the highest standards practiced anywhere.

To graduate from a CFA-approved program, students must complete 400/425 educational hours and pass the standardized national CFA exam. 


In addition, to maintain a membership in good standing, all CFA members must complete ongoing educational programs and be active in aromatherapy work. Our CEU’s (Credit Education Units) are applied to a large variety of courses, retreats, workshops, and lectures across Canada and internationally ensuring that CFA members are continually increasing their breadth of knowledge.