The IFA can offer various specialised courses to incorporate into your practice and school. The IFA have courses pitched between a level 2 to 5, which allows course providers the flexibility to teach a course which suits their specific market. Each IFA course is taught from a syllabus or teaching manual giving you guidance and support in the deliverance of your course. Courses available to teach are:
The Aromatherapy Diploma Course is an attractive course to those who want to teach at an advanced level and offer students a diploma in Aromatherapy. The course is taught from the Aromatherapy Diploma Syllabus which reflects the latest changes in the profession and the public perception of treatments. It has clear aims and learning outcomes, defined content and assessment criteria for each module. The syllabus includes Anatomy and Physiology for Aromatherapists, Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy Massage and Bodywork, Business Studies and Research.
The course content is level 4 in Aromatherapy and Level 5 in Clinical Aromatherapy. The IFA Diploma course requires 680 guided learning hours, 250 hours of which are supervised tuition and 430 self-study hours (portfolio, projects and case studies). The course is run for a minimum of 9 months and on completion students will be assessed by an IFA external examiner, which includes a Practical examination, Aromatherapy Theory examination and an Anatomy and Physiology examination.
On completion your students will hold an internationally recognised qualification, which incorporates the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Open College Network Standards and meets the National Qualification Framework (NQF) requirements. Students will be able to use the suffix MIFA after their name followed by their qualification (Dip). Students can then become full members of the IFA and use the IFA’s quality mark, be recognised by some Private Health Care Insurers, entitled to licensing exemptions and gain automatic registration to the CNHC to name a few. Click here for more details »»»
Professional Essential Oils Therapy (PEOT) Course
The PEOT course is for those who want to teach the in-depth study of essential oils and carrier oils and their applications, without the Aromatherapy massage. The PEOT is aimed at professional practitioners in healthcare and complementary medicine, i.e. acupuncturists, nutritionists, reflexologists, pharmacists, product designers, aestheticians, perfumers, massage therapists, etc. The course combines a clinical and holistic approach to well-being by including the science of essential oils, olfaction therapy, an aromatherapeutic module which details natural ingredients and their uses, base products, ingredients to avoid and guidance on making natural remedies in the clinic. Students will become familiar with different forms of research (dissertation, fieldwork, research projects, methodology, inter-discipline collaboration and learn to combine knowledge of traditional medicine and research-based clinical studies.
The PEOT course requires 725 guided learning hours, 275 hours of which are supervised tuition and 450 self-study hours (case studies, research project, and business projects). The course is run for a minimum of 9 months and on completion students will be assessed by an IFA external examiner, which includes a Theory examination and an Anatomy and Physiology examination. The student will be required to produce at the examination five natural remedies. The method of delivery allows for both in-class study and distance learning.
On completion your students will hold an internationally recognised qualification, which incorporates the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Open College Network Standards and meets the National Qualification Framework (NQF) requirements. Students will be able to use the suffix MIFA – EOT after their name followed by their qualification (Dip). Students can then become PEOT members of the IFA and hold the IFA’s quality mark. Click here for more details »»»
The Aromatouch Carer Course
The Aromatouch Carer Course is tailored to teach aromatherapy to those who are currently working in the care sector and also allows qualified practitioners to incorporate new skills into their existing practice. It is aimed at a niche market and allows for flexibility in delivery. The course is taught from a teaching manual with clearly defined curriculum elements and includes knowledge of a number of essential oils and their application in the context of caring. Participants will learn to work in different environments and with a range of age groups. The course teaches participants to incorporate touch with essential oils, primarily on the elderly, children and for stress relief for those who have restrictive physical and mental conditions.
The Aromatouch course is delivered as a 5 day practical ‘hands on’ training course with an additional day dedicated to assessment. The 35 hour taught course can be covered in whole days or part modules. The 35 hour unsupervised part of the course will be based on practical tasks with clients as agreed with the course tutor.
Course participants will be formally assessed in a range of practical tasks and written assignments, and are required to produce and submit a portfolio comprising of specific coursework and evidence. Those who complete the Aromatouch course will receive the IFA certificate of professional competence and have a level 2 in Aromatherapy. Click here for more details »»»
ITEC to IFA Aromatherapy Diploma Upgrade Course
This course is specifically for those who teach the ITEC Aromatherapy Course either the UK (QCF Level 3 UK Accreditation: QAN 600/5505/4 ) or International Version (QCF Level 3 International Accreditation: QAN 100/2403/7) and want to do an upgrade course to become an IFA Aromatherapy Diploma Course.
The upgrade is taught from one of two manuals depending on which of the courses you currently teach ‘ITEC Aromatherapy UK to IFA’ and ‘ITEC Aromatherapy International to IFA’. The manuals comprise of the differences between the ITEC Course and that of the IFA Aromatherapy syllabus, which includes Aromatherapy, Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, Business Studies and Professional Practice. The aim of the course is to make it easier for course providers to integrate the course into their school and to prevent repetitiveness for both the provider and student.
ITEC course providers must first join the IFA as an Associate School and register their students with the IFA whilst on their ITEC course. When the students have passed their ITEC exam they must join as an associate member. The tutor will then need to register for IFA training and learn the difference in courses as a trainee tutor and complete an assessment. Once completed the school may then begin teaching the ITEC to IFA Aromatherapy Diploma Upgrade Course and students will be required to take the IFA examinations exempt from Anatomy and Physiology. After the first set of successful IFA examinations the school may then become an IFA Aromatherapy Diploma Course provider and the tutor will upgrade to a Principle Tutor.