The IFA are the longest established professional Aromatherapy organisation and devised its first Aromatherapy training syllabus in 1988. Since then, our education committee have regularly updated and revised the syllabus to maintain and reflect changes in the Aromatherapy profession and the public perception of treatments. Our 27 year's experience as a provider of accredited professional courses shows both in the standard achieved by IFA students at the end of their course and by the quality treatment they can provide once becoming professionals.
Who offers it?
The IFA has in place an accreditation scheme for schools who want to become an IFA course provider and offers teacher training and IFA registration for tutors. All our schools are committed to following the IFA’s requirements and guidance laid down for course providers and have IFA registered tutors who are capable of delivering a course based on the IFA syllabus. All schools have submitted their school venue to inspection and have suitable premises and equipment for teaching. All our accredited schools offer distinguished standards of training and are committed to promoting the IFA and Aromatherapy.
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. These measures ensure that therapists are accomplished and confident to enter into the profession and establish a flourishing practice.
Only then will you 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).
IFA registered practitioners are not simply people who give massage using essential oils, they are highly specialised therapists who can make a difference by improving the health and well-being of their client. IFA practitioners derive their competency, confidence and experience from the thorough training they have received and combine these with their knowledge and practical skills to ensure that their clients receive maximum benefits from their treatments.
As a Full member, carrying the IFA badge is a mark of quality and will inspire trust and confidence as well as attract potential employers and clients and indicate that you have attained the expertise expected from an IFA Aromatherapist. We are also one of the appointed validators for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and going through this validation process will allow IFA full members to join the CNHC register.
More details of the advantages of IFA full membership such as acknowledgement by Health Care Cash plan providers, licensing exemptions, etc click here and to read about the accomplishments of IFA trained professionals on the press page click here.