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Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma

This qualification focuses on essential oils for use in making products for your clients, but does not include massage training. For a qualification in essential oils with massage, please see Diploma in Aromatherapy.

The Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma is accredited with the FHT. On completion of the qualification, as well as being a qualified Essential Oils Practitioner, you will be able to join the FHT Accredited Register. This course is a detailed and high level qualification.

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The training course takes one academic year (10 months) and you will cover the following modules:

  1. Aromatherapy: history, philosophy, uses.
  2. Essential oils: botany, chemistry, blending and uses.
  3. Practical: blending and product making, including creams and waxes, sprays and aromasticks.

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence and 60 treatments to perform and record outside of class time. There will also be an assessed clinic where you will conduct an observed practical session.

If you are an existing therapist, then you will spend 10 days in class covering the 3 modules listed above. If you are not already a therapist (with a recognised qualification) then you will also need to complete the following modules:

  1. Principles and practice of complementary therapies.
  2. Business practice for complementary therapies.
  3. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for complementary therapies.

Modules 4 and 5 require attendance on an extra course day, date to be arranged.

Module 6: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology can be studied via distance learning with Essential Training Solutions. You can select either the

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For more information on the Anatomy and Physiology online course content please scroll through the Essential Training Solutions webpage to the right

For more information on the Anatomy and Physiology online course content please scroll through the Essential Training Solutions webpage below

To purchase this option so that you are correctly registered as a Gaia School student please press this button: FHT Approved Qualification:
Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology
Online Course £70


For more information on the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies online course content please scroll through the Essential Training Solutions webpage to the right

For more information on the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies online course content please scroll through the Essential Training Solutions webpage below

To purchase this option so that you are correctly registered as a Gaia School student please press this button: VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies, UK & International £340

You will study 70 essential oils within this course. The standard syllabus for a Level 3 qualification is 42 essential oils. Essential oil practitioners are only insured to use oils they have been trained in using. Therefore the inclusion of a further 28 oils in this course will extend the range that you will be able to use with your clients.

As well as studying all the basics of aromatherapy, the course includes various advanced aromatherapy topics ranging from using oils in palliative and cancer care, and women’s health, to working with those with neurological conditions (including autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders), to working with subtle energy techniques. The main focus is product making, engaging in creating blends for bath oils, creams, sprays, waxes, balms and aroma sticks etc.

Whilst we cover the making of products from the raw materials, including good manufacturing practice and correct labelling requirements etc., the emphasis of the course is on becoming an Essential Oils Practitioner - a therapist who utilises the energy and properties of essential oils to bring positive benefits to the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual lives of our clients. This course is for those who don’t wish to practice full body massage, but instead to focus on the myriad of other ways that essential oils can be utilised to positive effect by our clients.

Upon completion you will be qualified, and able to gain insurance, to make products for your own clients. Making products to sell to the general public is regulated by European Cosmetic directives which require that each product is safety tested and certificated before being available to sell to the general public. We will give information on how to go about this but you should be aware that this procedure can be costly. Please do get in touch if you want to discuss this before signing up to the course.

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Course Dates

2021 Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma dates, starting in January 2021.

  • Thursday 21st January 2021
  • Friday 22nd January 2021
  • Saturday 23rd January 2021
  • Friday 5th March 2021
  • Saturday 6th March 2021
  • Friday 21st May 2021
  • Saturday 22nd May 2021
  • Friday 25th June 2021
  • Saturday 26th June 2021
  • Friday 10th September 2021

Please note: the closing date for applying for a place on this course is Thursday 7th January 2021.

Location: South Wirral

Times: 9.15am - 5.00pm


2019/20 Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma dates, starting September 2019.

  • Thursday 19th September 2019
  • Friday 20th September 2019
  • Saturday 21st September 2019
  • Friday 22nd November 2019
  • Saturday 23rd November 2019
  • Friday 24th January 2020
  • Saturday 25th January 2020
  • Friday 13th March 2020
  • Saturday 14th March 2020
  • Friday 12th June 2020

(plus one extra day if you are a non-therapist)

Please note: the closing date for applying for a place on this course is Thursday 12th September 2019.

Location: South Wirral

Times: 9.15am - 5.00pm


Booking, Fees and other information

Course fee - Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma

£1,095 for existing therapists with a recognised qualification and is a 10 days course

£1,245 for new learners (who will also need to enrol on an Anatomy and Physiology course - booking options and cost below. See “What is involved” for A&P course content information) and is a 11 days course.

Other additional costs you will need to consider

  • Textbook approx. £60
  • Aromatherapy essential oils, carrier oils and equipment such as measuring scales, spatulas, bottles and jars etc.

Entry requirements

  • You must be over 18, and have sufficient ability to be able to measure and make products from raw materials.
  • You must have regular access to email, the Internet and word-processing and printing facilities.
  • You must have the interest, energy, enthusiasm (and time!) necessary to complete the course.
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Booking your place - the Application form

Course Fee Payment options for

Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma

  • Option 1 - Non-refundable deposit of £250, followed by full payment of £845, totalling £1,095
  • Option 2 - Non-refundable deposit of £250, followed by 5 monthly payments of £169, totalling £1,095

Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma (non-qualified therapist)

  • Option 1 - Non-refundable deposit of £250, followed by full payment of £995, totalling £1,245
  • Option 2 - Non-refundable deposit of £250, followed by 5 monthly payments of £199, totalling £1,245
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