Since its inception in 2002 the IFPA has been committed to the promotion of aromatherapy as a health care discipline via an education programme that is core to the philosophy of the organisation. The IFPA believes that education is key to the future of aromatherapy and as such actively supports the provision of nationally accepted standards and works with its schools to ensure these standards are met and maintained. Please click here to download a copy of the IFPA's Education and Training Standards recommeded by IFPA.
Via education the IFPA ensures that any individual who undertakes training within an IFPA accredited school will qualify to an approved standard that not only meets but exceeds National Training Standards. Such a recognised qualification will enable them to seek employment.
There are many levels and standards of education and training and as many organisations, associations and awarding bodies that deliver them. However any student who completes an IFPA approved course can be sure that they will meet the criteria required for registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). This is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners which was set up with government funding and support. Its key function is to enhance public protection by giving the general public and commissioners of service access to a list of practitioners who have been assessed as meeting national standards of competence and practice. It currently registers practitioners from fourteen disciplines with more to follow. IFPA has been approved by the CNHC to verify applications for registration in aromatherapy. All members who trained through one of IFPA's accredited schools will automatically be eligible to register with the CNHC. A registration form can be downloaded here. Please follow this link to find out more about the registration process. For further information about the CNHC please call 020 3178 2199, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.cnhc.org.uk
The IFPA course has clear levels of academic and practical standards of achievement and acknowledges the range and levels of qualifications in the field of Aromatherapy. Currently the IFPA course qualification is equivalent to National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 4 in terms of descriptors and outcomes and meets the minimum National Occupational Standards (NOS).
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