Advanced Diploma of Aromatic Medicine

This qualification provides competence in aromatic medicine. Practitioners at this level are self employed as independent practitioners and have the ability to prescribe for absorption by internal interfaces. Practitioners at this level may also be involved in undertaking research activities. It covers the provision of aromatic medicine to clients with specific needs such as palliative care, aged care, women and children.

An aromatherapist at this level is expected to have an in-depth understanding of an extensive range of essential oils and application methods. They must operate within relevant legislative and regulatory requirements, for example the Therapeutic Goods Act and State/Territory Drugs and Poisons Acts.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Aromatic medicine practitioner



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

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

3 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

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

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

Core units

Common units

add topic BSBFLM303C Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic CHCPOL403B Undertake research activities

add topic HLTHIR501B Maintain an effective health work environment

add topic HLTIN504C Manage the control of infection (Note pre-requ: add topic HLTIN301C )

Specialisation units

add topic HLTARO601B Manage work within an aromatic medicine framework

add topic HLTARO602B Apply aromatic medicine diagnostic framework

add topic HLTARO603B Perform aromatic medicine health assessment

add topic HLTARO604B Plan the aromatic medicine treatment strategy

add topic HLTARO605B Provide specialised aromatic medicine treatment

add topic HLTARO606B Prepare and dispense aromatic medicine

add topic HLTARO607B Operate an aromatic medicine dispensary

add topic HLTNUT610B Provide basic dietary advice

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


    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 Diploma of Aromatherapy:

CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

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

HLTARO507B Analyse and compare different complementary health modalities

HLTARO509B Plan a specialised aromatherapy treatment

HLTARO510B Monitor and evaluate aromatherapy treatments

HLTARO511B Provide specific aromatherapy assessment and care

HLTCOM502C Develop professional expertise

HLTCOM503C Manage a practice

HLTHIR506C Implement and monitor compliance with legal and ethical requirements

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

HLTSHU509C Maintain personal health and awareness as a professional responsibility

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

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