Diploma of Aromatherapy

This qualification provides competence in aromatherapy practice and practitioners at this level may be self employed as independent practitioners or may work within a larger health service. The qualification covers the provision of aromatherapy treatment to clients with specific needs such as palliative care, aged care, women and children. Practitioners at this level may supervise other aromatherapists and may formulate for individual outcomes.

Aromatherapists at this level are expected to have an in depth understanding of a medium range (minimum of 40) of essential oils.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:


Clinical aromatherapist



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

8 core units, comprising 4 common units and 4 specialisation units

4 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A electives which are required for sole practitioner work at this level 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 2 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 CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

add topic HLTAP501B Analyse health information (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTAP401B )

add topic HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise

add topic HLTSHU509C Maintain personal health and awareness as a professional responsibility

Specialisation units

add topic HLTARO507B Analyse and compare different complementary health modalities

add topic HLTARO509B Plan a specialised aromatherapy treatment

add topic HLTARO510B Monitor and evaluate aromatherapy treatments

add topic HLTARO511B Provide specific aromatherapy assessment and care

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 at this level in aromatherapy.

add topic HLTCOM503C Manage a practice

add topic HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

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 BSBMGT502B Manage people performance

add topic BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness

add topic CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people

add topic CHCCS416A Assess and provide services for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCORG525D Recruit and coordinate volunteers

add topic CHCORG611B Lead and develop others in a community sector workplace

add topic CHCPOL403B Undertake research activities

add topic CHCPOL505B Manage research activities

add topic HLTARO404B Develop aromatherapy products

add topic HLTARO408B Provide aromatherapy massage treatment

add topic HLTCOM509B Provide services for people with a life challenging illness

add topic HLTCOM510B Provide services to clients with chronic diseases or conditions

add topic HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment

add topic HLTNUT610B Provide basic dietary advice

add topic HLTOHS401A Maintain workplace OHS processes


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this qualification, candidates must demonstrate competence through a recognised training program or recognition process, in the following units of competency from the Certificate IV in Aromatherapy:

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

HLTARO401B Work within an aromatherapy framework

HLTARO402B Plan aromatherapy treatment

HLTARO403B Provide aromatherapy treatment

HLTARO405B Apply aromatherapy assessment framework

HLTARO406B Perform aromatherapy health assessment

HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate

HLTFA301C Apply first aid

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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