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IFPA Professional Aromatherapy Diploma

Aim of the course

The IFPA Professional Aromatherapy Diploma provide education and training opportunities in developing a proficient professional aromatherapist who has the ability to work within both the field of complementary and contemporary health care settings. The course will provide the student a with the opportunity for self-development and facilitate an awareness of the importance of evidence-based practice within the field of Aromatherapy.

Course overview


Topics Covered: 

  • Current aromatherapy history & different aromatherapy styles
  • Plant science
  • Extraction methods for essential oils, aromatic extracts, and related materials
  • Essential oil chemistry
  • Aromatic pharmacology
  • Methods of use
  • Aromatherapy safety
  • Aromatherapy treatment process
  • Essential oil selection, dose and blending skills
  • Olfaction and aroma psychology
  • Essential oil profiles
  • Base profiles
  • Aromatherapy research and use of an evidence base
  • Ethics, conduct, professionalism, and legal aspects
  • Business
  • Case studies


Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology

Topics Covered: 

  • Introductions to the human body
  • The chemistry of life
  • Cells
  • Tissues
  • The integumentary system
  • The muscular system
  • The nervous system
  • Central nervous system
  • Peripheral nervous system
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • The special senses 
  • The endocrine system
  • The cardiovascular system
  • The heart 
  • Blood Vessels
  • The lymphatic system
  • The immune system 
  • The respiratory system  
  • The digestive system
  • The urinary system
  • The reproductive system 
  • Stress 

Therapeutic Massage (optional)

Topics Covered: 

  • History and theory of massage 
  • Client management
  • Practical treatment
  • Application of massage skills
  • Professional practice management
  • Research skills
  • Professional development

Total curriculum hours


Guided Learning 


Aromatherapy hours



Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology hours



Massage hours



Total curriculum hours 



Level of Training: 4-5

Age Restriction: 18

Course Fees: Set by the training school

Your future once qualified

Once qualified, IFPA therapists fulfil many roles including, but not limited to the following:
  • Offering aromatherapy treatment to clients
  • Offering aromatherapy as one of a range of treatments
  • Specialising in aromatherapy for specific conditions
  • Working alongside conventional medical/care teams for clients with specific conditions
  • Offering courses to the public or CPD course to other aromatherapists
  • Owning or managing and IFPA training school, offering a range of courses including diploma courses
  • Supplying oils, blends, ingredients and aromatherapy equipment