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The Professional Aromatherapy Diploma Course

The IFA Aromatherapy Diploma course covers all aspects of clinical and holistic Aromatherapy, essential oils and carrier oils and their therapeutic benefits (theory and applications), professionalism, massage therapy, Anatomy and Physiology, emergencies, first aid, business development and more. For more details of why you should choose an IFA course click here.

Course Outline

In brief, during the course students will understand:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Aromatherapists
  • Historical development, the pioneers of Aromatherapy and the modern principles of Aromatherapy
  • The science of essential oils - Botany, Extraction and Production, Chemistry and Potential Hazards
  • The Therapeutic and energetic properties of 65 essential oils and their applications in  Aromatherapy practice
  • Olfaction - the sense of smell, and psychological benefits of the scents of essential oils
  • The art of the perfumer - essential oils odor classification
  • The traditional blending approach, volatility and the notes systems, blending ratio and dosage 
  • The study of carrier/vegetable oils and other carriers suitable for Aromatherapy blends
  • Designing a treatment plan and a course of treatments for clients
  • Creating and maintaining a professional environment to practice, ensuring that all necessary safety and hygiene regulations are respected
  • Introduction to evidence-based research
  • The therapeutic relationship between therapist and client and maintaining a journal of reflective practice
  • Professionalism and business studies to name a few

Assessment and Examinations

On completion of the course curriculum students are required to illustrate their knowledge by sitting the IFA external examinations for the theory and the practical element of the course, as a kite mark of professionalism. There are four parts to the IFA Aromatherapy Diploma examinations, students will be tested in Aromatherapy Theory, Aromatherapy Massage and Anatomy and Physiology; students will also be assessed on compulsory assignments i.e. portfolio, journals, projects and demonstration of practical skills in making Aromatherapeutic remedies.

The practical assessment includes setting up a therapeutic environment, taking a client's details and medical history, designing a treatment plan and choosing suitable essential oils, demonstrating client care, demonstrating massage skills and performing an Aromatherapy massage in front of the examiner. The IFA qualification will only be given when the student has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and skills of Aromatherapy, professionalism and quality of care needed to work with the general public.

Compulsory Assignments

  • Case Studies - students will provide case studies as instructed by their tutor, as evidence of learning
  • Research Project - students will provide evidence they are aware of the means available to monitor and audit the efficacy of Aromatherapy
  • Reflective practice - in the form of a journal to ensure awareness of the scope and limitations of the practice of Aromatherapy and of the importance of reviewing their work


On completion you will hold an internationally recognised qualification, the equivalent to a level 4-5 university credit standard (APEL). This incorporates all the UK professional standards for the practice of Aromatherapy, the National Occupational Standards (NOS), Open College Network Standards and the National Qualification Framework (NQF) requirements, as well as the professional standards specially laid down for IFA professionals. Students are then granted access to IFA full membership, and use the initials MIFA after their name and qualification (Dip).

Methods of Delivery

The methods of teaching and the number of training and study hours required by our syllabus are laid down to ensure Aromatherapists are confident, caring, competent and enthusiastic about their profession. Please contact a course provider directly for the terms times and related costs etc.

Duration of Course

Minimum 9 months (1 academic year), Maximum 24 months (2 years)


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