When I first started practicing aromatherapy I was introduced to 3 organizations that support the profession. Since I had just completed school, I needed to choose which one I wanted to join as they are expensive and I didn't feel I needed to join them all. I also didn't feel ready to take my exam to be a registered aromatherapist so it narrowed it down to 2. The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). I decided to join the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. I resonated with them more.
Shortly after joining, NAHA had a conference which I attended. I had a great time and met some wonderful people, even though there was an "us and them" vibe. It really reminded me of being in high school. Nevertheless, if I wanted to see changes made, I needed to help make them. So I applied to be a director for my state. I was so very happy.
Things started to fall into place. If you know anything about me, I don't sugar coat things. I shoot from the hip, which doesn't always make people happy. Apparently a person complained to NAHA about me because I "dissed" her mentor on social media. Apparently correcting someone publicly is an issue. People NEED to be held responsible for their mis-information. I will always try and help educate.
Fast forward many months, I left the organization as a director. I wanted to start getting into CBD distribution and even though it it federally legal, NAHA sees it as a schedule 1 narcotic, or did at that time, things may have changed now. I then left the organization completely, along with some other collegues who were like me and no longer seeing the benefit.
Rest assured I am highly educated in aromatherapy. However, I refuse to join an organization because I "need" to keep a badge I earned where there are no consistant industry standards. I have earned the title of "Level 3" practitioner according to NAHA, however you will not find me in their directory. Like many, I do not see the benefit.