Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

Yes – you can study anywhere. You just need an internet connection (not all the time) to access the online learning platform and join the live online study sessions

Can I start the course at any time?

Yes – you can start the course whenever you feel it’s right for you. For the IFPA accreditation you need to complete the course within 3 years of your start date.

How long will the course take me to complete?

If you study around 6 hours a week you should complete the course in 9 – 12 months. It really depends on how deeply you want to study each part of the course. As it’s an online course there are no submission dates so you can study at your own pace at a time that’s convenient for you.

What happens if I’m ill or need to take a break?

There is provision to apply to the IFPA for an extension to your study time

What is Aromatherapy only?

Aromatherapy only is the qualification you receive if you choose to study the Aromatherapy and Anatomy & Physiology modules but do not wish to include the Massage element. This is the preferred choice of many non-UK students

Do I need to complete the Massage course?

There is no requirement to complete the Massage element of the course. It is your choice whether you include it in your studies.

Can I join the IFPA as a full member with the ‘Aromatherapy only’ qualification?

Yes – you will be listed as ‘Aromatherapy only’ on the IFPA member’s area

Is the qualification valid in my country?

The IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists) is a worldwide organisation and the qualification is accepted in many countries. However, it is the student’s responsibility to research if it is legal and acceptable in the country in which they want to practice

Can I call myself a Clinical Aromatherapist when I am qualified?

On successful completion of all the required elements of the course you will be able to use the title Clinical or Professional Aromatherapist

How do I take the exams?

The exams are taken online and invigilated through a video link. They are verified by an external examiner

Is the IFPA accredited course accepted by other professional associations?

The IFPA qualification is accepted by other Aromatherapy and Therapy based organisation. However, it is the student’s responsibility to find out this information. In 2017 Essentially Holistic has been accepted by the AIA (Allliance of International Aromatherapsits) as a Level 3 (400 hour) recognized course.

Do I need to complete the Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) course?

To gain the full qualification there is a requirement to complete and pass the Anatomy & Physiology course

I already have a qualification in A&P. Do I need to do it again?

If your qualification is Level 3 or above and you are either using your qualification or it has been obtained in the last 3 years, then it is possible to apply for your A&P element of the course to be APL’ed (Advance & Prior Learning)

What format is the course taught in?

The course is website based with lots of links to videos, podcasts and there are lots of ways to work on the course. Some students do it solely online whilst others download the manuals and use them on e-readers or in traditional paper format. The course workbooks are available to complete on cloud based storage or you can e-mail them in. There is a weekly catch up e-mail with interesting snippets and news

What are the study sessions?

These are regular 1 hour sessions on Monday morning and evening weekly and twice a month we do Study Saturday where there are 3 or 4 sessions spread over the morning (UK time). These sessions cover essential oil, carrier oil and hydrolat studies, blending, case study scenarios, essential A&P and a few fun sessions. It is a great chance to meet other students so you don’t feel you’re studying alone. (There is a requirement to complete a minimum of 40 hours live study through the study sessions.) If you need extra support you can have one to one tutorials. There are 2 optional study days at Essentially Holistic included in the price of the modules which can be taken during your course on planned dates

Do I need any special programmes installing?

You will be asked to set up a Google e-mail account at the start of your studies. No other software or specialised programmes are required

If you have any more questions please contact me through the Contact Us page