frequently asked questions

Full details of the Aromatherapy Diploma course are available in the College Prospectus - please request your copy by email (click here to Contact Us)

 Confused about which Aromatherapy Massage Diploma course?

There are many Aromatherapy Massage Diploma courses all apparently offering the same level of qualification and training. However, as many students find out, this is not always the case.

Firstly, find out if the course you are interested in is set at Level 4 and accredited by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA).

If the training establishment is offering a City and Guilds, ITEC or VTCT course, you will have to do more training later because these qualifications are not accepted for full membership by the IFA.

Secondly, find out if the school you are proposing to study with enables you to join the CNHC, via the professional organisation it is accredited with. For example, all schools accredited by the International Federation of Aromatherapists, guarantee access to the CNHC (once you have successfully gained your Diploma).

Finally, find out if the Diploma course is delivered entirely by the college you are thinking of joining. 

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Why train on a Diploma course accredited by the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)?

The IFA is the world's foremost professional Aromatherapy organisation. Members have included illustrious names such as Robert Tisserand, Daniele Ryman, Julia and Alec Lawless, Vicki Pitman, and Valerie Ann Worwood. They have more members worldwide than any other Aromatherapy organisation and their Diploma course is recognised not just by the UK government, the NHS and the CNHC, but all over the world.

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Why do I need to belong to a reputable professional organisation like the IFA?

  • Use of the letters MIFA after your name (once qualified)
  • Free listing on the IFA’s "Find an Aromatherapist" register
  • Low cost advertising in Yellow Pages
  • Use of the organisations logo on all your advertising literature
  • Peer group support from local area groups
  • Latest industry information via newsletters and the 'Aromatherapy Times' magazine
  • Access to "Members Area" on the IFA website
  • Aromatherapy advice from full time staff
  • Low cost, high cover, insurance policy from a reliable insurance company
  • Fully accredited CPD events and international speakers

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Why choose Rosewood Aromatherapy College?

Rosewood College is the only Aromatherapy college in the East Midlands to be fully accredited by the prestigious International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA).

Marie Hackman, as Principle Tutor,  has been in practice for almost 30 years. She teaches Aromatherapy at the Nottinghamshire venue, is also a fully qualified teacher and one of only a handful of people qualified as an Aromatologist (medical aromatherapist) in the UK.  She has also served on the IFA Council from 2016-2020.

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What Entry Qualifications Do I Need for an IFA Diploma Course?

  • Be over 18 years at the start of training
  • Have an adequate level of written and spoken English
  • Have the academic ability to work to above A Level standards
  • Have sufficient ability to perform massage techniques
  • Have IFA Student Membership within four weeks of starting the course
  • Coursework may be submitted by e-mail, so you need to be able to use a word processing program and know how to attach files to an e-mail. If you don't know how to do either of these, attending a basic computer course at your local college prior to starting our course would be highly recomended.
  • Be prepared to commit approximately 430 hours of home study over the course of the academic year.

To succeed on this course, it is more about determination and hard work (since the course is intensive) rather than previous qualifications. A GCSE in Biology will be helpful, but it is not essential.

The IFA have set the following entry requirements for the Aromatherapy Massage Diploma:

An IFA-recognised Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Diploma - as follows:

  • ABC Awards Level 3 Diploma in A&P (2006 onwards - Qualification code T/501/9101; AND Less Common Pathologies - Qualification code D/501/9111)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in A&P (2006 onwards)
  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in A&P (2006 onwards)
  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in A&P (2011 onwards) - there is an option to study online for this qualification (details can be found in the College Prospectus - request a copy by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
  • IFA Level 4 Diploma in A&P
  • Agored/Centralia Level 4 in A&P
  • Also, if you are a qualified GP, nurse, physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor, you do not need to undertake the A&P course, but will need to supply a copy of your certificate(s).

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Are there any exams at the end of the course?

Yes, at the end of the course, there are two exams:

  • Practical Aromatherapy Massage

  • Aromatherapy Massage Theory (2 hours)

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What qualification will I get?

You will qualify with IFA's Level 4 Practitioners Diploma in Aromatherapy Massage. As an IFA qualified Aromatherapist, you will automatically qualify for entry to the CNHC and be paid by several private healthcare companies.

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Don't I have to do an introductory course first?

No. Some Further Education colleges may tell you that you need to do an entry-level Aromatherapy course first. This is completely unnecessary.  However, you will need to study Anatomy and Physiology on an IFA-approved course (see above for the full list of accepted course providers or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of an accredited online course).

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Are there any extra costs incurred on top of the basic course fees?

Everything you need to pass the Diploma course is usually included in the total cost, with the following possible exceptions:

  • Student membership to the IFA at £35.00 (price correct to date)

  • Student insurance fee of £37.00 (price correct to date)

  • Massage couch 

  • You will need to start creating your own stock of essential and carrier oils

  • Uniform

  • Consumables, such as pillows, towels, couch covers, antiseptic wipes, folders, etc

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