Certificate IV in Aromatherapy

This qualification covers the skills needed to be a basic level aromatherapist. It provides basic skills in aromatherapy health assessment and treatment and may be used by those working in:

a clinic, aged care facility, a health service or a spa facility giving basic aromatherapy treatment

manufacturing of aromatherapy products

retail of aromatherapy products.

At this level an aromatherapist can only formulate applications within a relaxation framework. A person at this level is expected to have a basic knowledge of a limited range (minimum of 20) of oils. A person with this qualification may or may not use massage as a method of application.

This qualification assumes employment either by another practitioner or within a larger health service e.g. aged care service or hospital. It does not offer the level of skill required for independent practice. The qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:




17 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

11 core units, comprising 6 common units and 5 specialisation units

6 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are required for sole practitioner work in aromatherapy

Group B electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Health and/or Community Services Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing

Core units

Common units

add topic BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

add topic HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

add topic HLTFA301C Apply first aid

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

Specialisation units

add topic HLTARO401B Work within an aromatherapy framework

add topic HLTARO402B Plan aromatherapy treatment

add topic HLTARO403B Provide aromatherapy treatment

add topic HLTARO405B Apply aromatherapy assessment framework

add topic HLTARO406B Perform aromatherapy health assessment

Group A electives - required for sole practitioner work in aromatherapy

The following units or units with equivalent competency outcomes are required to work as a sole practitioner in aromatherapy.

add topic HLTCOM405C Administer a practice

add topic HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate

add topic HLTCOM408C Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively

add topic HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

Group B electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Other electives are to be selected in line with the specified Packaging Rules. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address identified workplace needs.

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCICS301A Provide support to meet personal care needs

add topic HLTARO404B Develop aromatherapy products

add topic HLTARO408B Provide aromatherapy massage treatment

add topic HLTARO507B Analyse and compare different complementary health modalities

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes

add topic SIRXSLS001A Sell products and services


Due to the employment profile of the Health industry there are some areas where offering a full qualification would not match industry requirements. The Aromatherapy skill set is recommended for individuals wishing to gain a set of aromatherapy skills to complement another health qualification.


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries