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Accepted Qualifications

When considering whether your Aromatherapy qualification equates to an associate or full membership, one of the components we take into account is the amount of hours you have completed in training, which equates to credits. The IFA Aromatherapy Diploma is 37 credits, which is based on guided learning hours (1 credit = 10 hours). Guided learning hours include an estimate of the time that might be allocated to contact hours with the tutor or other means of structured learning time i.e. directed assignments, assessments or other means of supported individual study and practice etc for more details click here. The other component is course content, which will need to include: Aromatherapy, Massage, and Anatomy & Physiology as a standard requirement.

When applying to the IFA for membership, please provide certificates for Aromatherapy, Massage and Anatomy & Physiology. If certificates are unclear as to what has been studied, please attach or supply a link to the course outline. NB: the Massage part of the course must have been undertaken face to face (supervised) in order to verify the student has correctly applied the techniques they have been taught.

Some examples of bodies we accept as Associate Members

  • ABC
  • AAPA
  • APNT
  • BTEC
  • CFA
  • IHHT
  • ITEC
  • NARD
  • NCFE
  • NVQ (Level 3)
  • VTCT


If your course was not undertaken at any of the above accredited providers please provide evidence of hours and course content learnt, and see the National Occupational Standards guidelines for what a therapist needs to have learnt in aromatherapy. 

For information on how to upgrade to an IFA Full Member click here


Some examples of those we accept as Full Members

  • SCQF
  • University Degree, BSC, BA etc.


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