Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy (HLT52315)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: HLT52315
Study mode: Online
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: 48-96 weeks (blended); 96-192 weeks (online)
Start date: Set intake dates (blended); Monthly intake dates (online)
Awarded by: Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (RTO 5806)
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

The Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy (HLT52315) program offered by the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS) provides you with the education and training to progress in your aromatherapy career.

Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils to promote health and wellbeing, is an interesting and varied career. Helping people boost their cognitive function or relieving them of pain, stress or anxiety is a rewarding job. As a student of this accredited diploma course you will learn about aromatherapy as remedial therapy, anatomy, physiology, massage therapy and reflexology.

You will also have the opportunity to further your education by choosing to study a unit of nutrition, empowerment of older people, small business finance or small business marketing. This diploma program has an emphasis on transferring the skills you will gain through your study to the workplace, giving your education and training a professional edge.

Work placement

Students will need to complete 350 hours (+ 20 hours for students who study the standard stream elective) of vocational placement as a part of this course. Placements are available at both AIAS Student Clinics.


To be eligible for this course, applicants must:

  • Provide a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (i.e. a Year 12 qualification); OR
  • Achieve an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and maths, which will show that you have the capability to be successful in the course. This is done through two short tests as a part of your enrolment process.

Students are also required to obtain a current Working With Children Check and/or National Police Check.

Areas of study

The units of competency you might study include:

Core units:

  • CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCPRP005 - Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid*
  • HLTARO001 - Develop aromatherapy practice
  • HLTARO002 - Source and prepare aromatherapy products
  • HLTARO003 - Perform aromatherapy health assessments
  • HLTARO004 - Provide therapeutic aromatherapy treatments
  • HLTARO005 - Provide aromatherapy massage treatments
  • HLTARO006 - Adapt aromatherapy treatments to specific needs
  • HLTARO007 - Monitor and evaluate aromatherapy treatments
  • HLTINF004 - Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
  • BSBSMB404 - Undertake small business planning
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice

Elective units:

  • HLTHPS010 - Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet
  • CHCAGE001 - Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • BSBSMB403 - Market the small business
  • BSBSMB406 - Manage small business finances

*Students will also need to obtain a First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003 and/or HLTAID006) via an external provider, and supply evidence of completion to AIAS.

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy (HLT52315) from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS).

The skills you will gain in this diploma course will give you the opportunity to pursue employment in clinical practice or as a partner in a healthcare clinic. You could also choose to work in education, community healthcare, social welfare, health retreats or marketing.

Further study pathways available to graduates of the Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy include:

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015)
  • Bachelor of Complementary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for this diploma, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Enquire now for more information and to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

AIAS also offers flexible payment plans to help make studying more affordable.

View the tuition fees for 2016 here.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
RTO 5806
The Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS) is a leading tertiary education provider specialising in vocational education. With a focus on career training, AIAS provides a broad range of courses in areas including natural medicine, beauty therapy, allied health and massage. AIAS offers its nationally recognised courses online/by correspondence so you can study at your own pace, where and when you want. If you prefer to learn on campus, you can do so at AIAS’s state-of-the-art campuses in Brisbane or Melbourne, or choose to study by a combination of on-campus and distance components. All AIAS courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

Campus locations
Brisbane – 337 Logan Rd, Greenslopes QLD 4120
Melbourne – Level 1, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Perth – 170 Wellington St, East Perth QA 6004
Adelaide – 88 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000
As an AIAS student you will be given access to the Basic Skill Key Builder, an approved online learning platform that creates individualised learning plans, houses interactive learning resources, and features tailored support tutorials.

AIAS is also dedicated to creating an inclusive, caring and flexible learning environment that’s responsive to your individual needs. Services include free counselling sessions, support services for students with disabilities, and classes for students looking to improve their reading, writing, English language and numeracy skills.

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