Aromatherapy Courses


Find aromatherapy courses in Australia

Browse ANTA-approved, high-quality aromatherapy courses from recognised course providers.


diploma of aromatherapy (Aromatherapy)

aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils to enhance well-being and to stimulate, cat...

Course Provider : Aminya Natural Therapies Academy

Campuses :QLD VIC


diploma of clinical aromatherapy (Aromatherapy)

discover the power of essential oils and their profound effect on mind and body. c...

Course Provider : Massage Schools of Queensland

Campuses :QLD


diploma of clinical aromatherapy (Aromatherapy)

this qualification reflects the role of a clinical aromatherapists who provide therap...

Course Provider : Max Therapy Institute

Campuses :VIC

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Natural therapy modalities recognised by ANTA

Aromatherapist responsibilities

The responsibilities of an aromatherapist typically include:

Completing patient consultations

An aromatherapist will complete consultations to determine the patient’s issues and recommend an essential oil that will provide them with relief. They may also educate the patient on why the essential oil will work for their ailment.

Create treatment plans

If necessary, an aromatherapist will provide a patient with a treatment plan to follow, which may include a number of different essential oils working together. They will also explain their treatment plan to the patient.

Mix essential oil blends

Certain plants may work well together for a particular problem, and if the essential oil doesn’t already exist, the aromatherapist may create a new blend for the patient.

Apply essential oils for the patient

Essential oils can be absorbed by the patient through the use of body oil massage, diffusers, spritzers, inhalers, bath salts, body oils, and more. The aromatherapist may help the patient to absorb the oils, often through massage or another method.

Manage essential oil stocks

Aromatherapists will constantly prescribe essential oils to their patients, and will need to keep an accurate inventory of stock to avoid running out. If the aromatherapist has a lot of customers, they may require inventory management software to keep their stock levels accurate.

Offer lifestyle advice

As part of their service, aromatherapists may offer lifestyle advice such as exercising regularly, partaking in stress-reducing exercises such as yoga or meditation, avoiding stimulants, drinking plenty of water, getting plenty of sleep, and other tips that can improve your life.

Keep confidential patient records

Aromatherapists must keep confidential patient records, ensuring that they’re stored securely, and held for the necessary period of time.

Stay on top of professional development

To keep their skills as up-to-date as possible, aromatherapists must stay on top of their professional development. If they join ANTA, they must complete a number of mandatory annual hours of CPE (continued professional development) to remain a member.

Refer patients to GPs or specialists

If a patient will benefit from further treatment outside the scope of aromatherapy, aromatherapists may refer them to another natural healthcare practitioner, or even a GP or other specialist if necessary.

Manage a small business

Many aromatherapists are self-employed, running their own small business. As business owners, aromatherapists must have a number of business-related skills, including:

  • Identify goals and objectives, and creating a business plan
  • Managing the company’s finances, including cash flow and tax.
  • Making the practice visible with a solid marketing plan, including advertising through various channels
  • Building a solid reputation with customers
  • Managing a clinic or shop
  • Understanding which insurances are needed
  • Understanding their legal obligations around privacy, and maintaining up-to-date client records

Aromatherapy careers

Aromatherapy job titles

As a qualified aromatherapist, a variety of jobs become available, including those listed below. Many aromatherapists are self-employed, working full or part-time from home, or visiting their clients’ homes.

Massage Therapist

Aromatherapists study aromatherapy massage as a core unit in most aromatic medicine courses in Australia. Aromatherapy massage is used for a variety of reasons, including pain relief, relaxation, and mood enhancement.

Spa Therapist

A spa therapist delivers a variety of services such as massages, body treatments, facials, waxing, manicures, and pedicures. They need good communication skills, and be able to anticipate a customer’s needs and expectations.

Retail Specialist (educating and selling oils in a natural health shop, as an owner or employee)

With aromatherapy on the rise, opening your own aromatherapy store can be a lucrative business opportunity. With your expertise on essential oils, you will be educating and selling them to the general public. You can also become employed by such a store, with the possibility of working your way up.

Integrative Healthcare Practitioner, or Clinical Aromatherapist

Integrative healthcare seeks to combine the best of modern medicine with a holistic approach to health. As an integrative healthcare practitioner who specialises in aromatherapy, you will be recommending and administering essential oils to patients in clinical settings such as hospitals, to assist in the healing process.

Aromatherapy job prospects

Natural and healthy living is a growing industry, with health and wellness spas becoming more common across Australia. According to Market Research Future, the Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Market is set to grow at an annual rate of 6.5% for the next three years. This makes aromatherapy an up and coming career path that can be lucrative for those interested.

Aromatherapy qualifications

To become an aromatherapist in Australia, you will need to complete a Diploma of Aromatherapy, for which you can find more information below.

Diploma of Aromatherapy (HLT52315)
Number of days per week: 3
Course duration: 66-71 weeks
Units of study:

  • Develop massage practice
  • Perform aromatherapy health assessments
  • Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • Provide aromatherapy massage treatments
  • Manage small business finances
  • Work with diverse people
  • Manage work health and safety
  • Visit client residence
  • Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • Analyse and respond to client health information
  • Market the small business
  • Undertake small business planning
  • Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • Develop aromatherapy practice
  • Assess client massage needs
  • Work with people with mental health issues
  • Source and prepare aromatherapy products
  • Provide massage treatments
  • Research and apply evidence to practice
  • Provide therapeutic aromatherapy treatments
  • Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet
  • Monitor and manage small business operations
  • Monitor and evaluate aromatherapy treatments
  • Provide first aid
  • Establish and manage client relationships
  • Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • Adapt aromatherapy treatments to specific needs
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

Key skills for an aromatherapist

The following skills are important for becoming a successful aromatherapist:

  • Good organisational skills, to arrange and manage clients
  • Good financial skills, to manage your small business
  • Good bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, for providing effective massage
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills, for understanding clients needs
  • A high degree of empathy, to sympathise with clients and make them feel understood

Aromatherapy statistics

  • Average salary: $53,051
  • Male/female ratio: 7.1% male, 92.9% female
  • Percentage of full time workers: 25.6%