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Author: Alison Price   –   Published: January 2013

Astrological Certification

Today I want to look at astrological certification and whether you need it or not.

Certification really means taking lessons and sitting a series of exams at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level of astrology. In this way you meet knowledge criteria.


“Most people can fry an egg but they don’t call themselves chefs.”


No, You Don’t Need Astrological Certification

Open Shop

The short answer to this question is no, you don’t need certification.

Anyone can set up shop and call themselves an astrologer.

There are no regulations as there are with realtors or psychologists. To my mind, it is like being an artist. Whether you are doing fine art in oils of making wooden birdhouses it is still considered art.


The OGs of The Astrology World

Many famous astrologers are self-taught.

They don’t get certified because they don’t have to.

When you have spent twenty or thirty years learning your art you do know what you are doing.

There is a point when experience kicks in and overcomes formal training.


For Entertainment Purposes Only

Astrology is not widely considered a serious field it is generally used “For entertainment purposes only” and this sentence is recommended by legal consultants when opening an astrology business.


Yes, You Do Need Astrological Certification

The long answer is it depends on what you want to do with your astrology. There are two instances when I recommend taking the class and exam route.


  • If astrology is a brand new subject for you (that is if you have been studying for less than twelve months).


  • If you are learning from scratch you have the potential, in formal classes, to learn all the things you need to know without having gaps in your knowledge which frequently occur when you are self-taught.


  • If you want to be considered an authority in the astrology field either by the general public or the astrological community.


In the end, I believe it is a personal choice.

Astrological Certification Bodies


  • Federation of Australian Astrologers (FAA)


Great Britain

  • Faculty of Astrological Studies London, England. ***** RECOMMENDED
  • London School of Astrology (LSA).
  • MA, Cultural Astronomy and Astrology – the University of Wales at Lampeter



  • International Society Astrological Research (ISAR)
  • National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR)
  • American Federation of Astrologers (AFA)


There are more but these are the ones that come to mind.


My personal recommendation is for The Faculty of Astrological Studies in London, England.


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Alison Price: Professional Astrologer

Alison helps you uncover your individual creativity and lead a fulfilling life using your own astrology. She shares her wisdom from the heart with a touch of humor. She offers Consultations for everyone and Coaching for Aspiring Astrologers.

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