Professional Essential Oils Therapy (PEOT) Clinical Aromatherapy Course


6 Comprehensive Modules

275 Tutor Guided Study Hours

450 Self-Study Hours

Qualification Level

The most comprehensive clinical aromatherapy course available.

Equivalent to the UK National Higher Education Level: 5 - 6.


International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)

Professional Standards Authority (UK Parliament & NHS Referral)

A Complete Course

This complete course includes Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology, and also Business Studies. No additional modules are required.

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IFA PSA Accredited, Professional Clinical Aromatherapy Course

Our clinical aromatherapy Diploma course, the IFA-accredited Professional Essentials Oils Therapy (PEOT), is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the clinical application of essential oils and provides the learner with the necessary skills to provide advanced therapeutic treatments within a clinical setting, coupled together with the skills to create your own skincare product line for use on your clients.

Devised and created by clinical aromatherapy industry specialists, this comprehensive aromatherapy course is the most advanced level of clinical aromatherapy and essential oil training available for you to study. It will enable you to work confidently with 90 essential oils and 34 carrier oils, learning how to use scents for emotional and mental benefits, which help in the treatment of illnesses of psychosomatic origins.

This professional clinical aromatherapy training course provides the learner with a high level of detail about natural ingredients and their uses, base products, ingredients to avoid, and how to guide the therapist through making natural remedies in the clinic. Providing the learner with a thorough understanding of each specific oil’s therapeutic and physical properties and their application methods will allow qualified professional clinical aromatherapists to tailor and formulate blends to individual clients when applying prescriptive aromatherapy through the use of olfaction remedy and topical skincare applications.

Next Enrolment Opens - Monday 1st July 2024


*Please note that places on our courses are limited to enable us to allocate resources to our students. Therefore, we reserve the right to close the enrolment early to ensure we can offer the best possible service to those who have already enrolled for the upcoming term. 

PEOT Aromatherapy Qualification

Who is this Clinical Aromatherapy Qualification for?

Our IFA-accredited Professional Essential Oils Therapy Diploma is suitable for those with an existing healthcare qualification or Complementary and Alternative Medicine. This course is aimed at natural product designers and those who want to incorporate essential oils and therapeutic skincare into various clinical contexts for a multi-discipline approach.

It also provides a route of progression for existing qualified massage therapists who have already completed aromatherapy courses and hold a massage qualification, and are now looking to expand their knowledge to clinical aromatherapy and the applications of essential oils.

What could this aromatherapy qualification lead to?

This internationally recognised qualification is designed to lead to employment in a variety of roles, product development and consultancy work, complementary therapy clinics, pharmacy, hospitals, hospices, special care units, private professional practice or alternatively to enhance the current services you provide for a multi-discipline approach. 

This qualification automatically entitles you to apply for PEOT membership with the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)Setting the gold standard for aromatherapy, the IFA are the oldest and largest professional body for aromatherapists since 1985. They are the first recognised governing body set up in the UK, representing professional and clinical aromatherapists around the world.

Professional Standards Authority
Accreditation (PSA) & NHS Referrals

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) for Health and Social Care is an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament and is referred to by the NHS. For those who are wishing to take on NHS referrals when qualified to do so; health care practitioners must have quality assurances when choosing the services of an aromatherapist for patient care. Professional Standards Authority accreditation of the IFA aromatherapists register provides an external assurance that IFA-registered aromatherapists meet the necessary required high standards.

‘Due to the increase in awareness of the dangers of self-governing bodies setting their own standards of aromatherapy training, and some insurance companies selling policies to those who have completed in some cases only a few hours of training, combined together with the expanding reach of ‘Multi-Level-Marketing’ companies who some of which advocate the internal use of essential oils; it is becoming increasingly likely that only qualified aromatherapists who belong to a Professional Standards Authority (PSA) regulated register will be able to work within the NHS in the future.’

Who else supports this aromatherapy qualification?

This professional level aromatherapy qualification was created and is regulated by the IFA, and is recognised by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). As a specialist clinical aromatherapy training provider we have been approved by the IFA to deliver the PEOT course by successfully meeting their rigorous approval process, demonstrating our commitment to offering learners a high standard of training.

Exclusive Content Included for our PEOT Students

Aromatherapeutic Natural
Product Formulation

As part of our PEOT clinical aromatherapy Diploma course, we have included key lessons from our making natural skincare courses (Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation NSF) teaching you how to formulate skin care products across the four core cosmetic skincare product families including emulsions, anhydrous formulas, gels, and surfactant-based products, as well as extending your learning into advanced formulating techniques and performance ingredients.

The products that you will learn about are tailored for clinical aromatherapy applications and include all aspects of skincare formulation and product manufacture, teaching you the necessary skills required to know and understand the use of essential oil in your own natural & organic skincare products that are suitable for personal use, and for the skin wellbeing of your therapy clients.

Aromatherapy Course Information

Key Features of this Clinical Aromatherapy Course

  • 6 comprehensive modules, delivered via our own easy-to-use distance learning courses platform, enabling you to study your PEOT Aromatherapy Diploma online course from anywhere in the world. 
  • 4K & HD video tutorials, downloadable course materials and resources.
  • Our clinical aromatherapy PEOT course is delivered via online guided learning. Self-study at your own pace, in your own time.
  • Access to the Purodem Academy students area, where you’ll find your courses, student groups and discussion forums with other professional aromatherapists in the Purodem community.
  • Exclusive access to our iPhone, iPad, & Android apps to study on the go, and to access your student community enhancing your learning experience. 
  • Regular access to tutor support, to help and assist your learning as you progress through your PEOT clinical aromatherapy training course.
  • As part of the Professional Essential Oils Therapy Diploma course you will the opportunity to take part in live practical CPD courses, workshops and seminars, via live-stream on our Purodem Academy members platform, and also at our UK-based venue pending Covid-19 travel restrictions.
  • Internal practical assessment and assignments to be completed as part of your course in your learner unit summary at the completion of each module to help consolidate learning. 
  • 2 Year completion deadline.
  • Learners must undertake the external IFA examination in person, within one year of course completion. (Additional exam fees apply.)

Prerequisites & previous experience

Ideally, learners should hold a professional qualification in one of the following to be eligible to enrol on this advanced level course. Please note, this list is not exhaustive:

Acupuncture, Aesthetics, Aromatherapy (Minimum Level 3), Biomedical, Chiropractic, Counselling, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Massage, Nutrition, Registered nurse, Osteopathy, Perfumery, Pharmacy, Psychotherapy, Physiotherapy, Psychology, Reiki, Reflexology. 

To ensure that this is the right course for you during the application process we will ask you about any prior learning, current qualifications, and any experience you may have. If you don’t currently hold a professional health care practitioner or complementary therapies qualification, then ideally you will have a Degree level qualification, although this is not essential as any equivalent qualifications and/or experience will be considered.

PEOT Qualification Framework

The course is taught from the IFA PEOT Aromatherapy Diploma syllabus, which has clear aims and learning outcomes for each unit contained within a module which incorporates the National Occupational Standards (NOS), Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and surpasses the Aromatherapy Core Curriculum requirements. The syllabus also provides sample examination questions at the end of each unit. 

The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) provides a structure for all qualification levelling. This qualification is pitched at Higher Education Levels 5-6 and equates to 37 or more credits. The credit value represents the depth and breadth of the teaching and learning content and the time reasonably expected to be consumed in the delivery, study, research, revision and completion of tasks and assignments.

Assessments & Examinations

Learners are required to demonstrate their understanding through formative and summative assessments in order to attain the IFA PEOT Diploma qualification. Each learner is required to submit coursework at the end of each unit, which provides evidence of the learners’ progress and understanding. On completion of the course, learners are required to illustrate their knowledge by undertaking the IFA external theoretical and practical examinations.

All compulsory assignments below are assessed and verified by your principal tutor before being presented to the IFA Quality Assurance Assessor at the practical examination, which will be externally graded. Learners will present their coursework in a portfolio. The portfolio will also include the learners’ own course notes, completed internal assessments and assignments set by their tutor to measure performance and any other evidence of other related training and qualifications. 

In order to be awarded the IFA Professional Essential Oils Therapy Diploma qualification, learners must successfully complete the IFA external examinations. Before entering the IFA examinations the learner must have completed all the compulsory coursework components, as prescribed above, successfully passed the internal mock examinations set by your tutor and have a minimum of 80% attendance record. 

There are 3 examinations for this qualification:

  • Essential Oils Therapy Examination Paper – 2 hours 

  • Anatomy & Physiology Examination Paper – 1 hour  (exemptions may apply due to your current qualifications.)

  • Practical Elements Assessment – (includes sampling of 5 aromatherapeutic remedies, interview and review of coursework)

6 Complete Modules of Learning

Please Download the PEOT Aromatherapy Diploma Course Syllabus for details

Frequently Asked Questions

Where as some other aromatherapy courses do not include Anatomy & Physiology and Business Studies, these modules are included in the PEOT course meaning that you don’t need to take any other courses or additional modules for full IFA membership upon completion of the course.

We have also included a complete module on aromatherapeutic skincare formulations teaching you how to create your own topical skincare products without reliance of purchasing pre-brought base products.

Our IFA accredited Professional Essential Oils Therapy aromatherapy Diploma course will give you the skills and knowledge to become a clinical aromatherapist. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a qualification in clinical aromatherapy that will allow you to apply for insurance to run your own professional practice, and will also allow you to offer your aromatherapy services to NHS referral patients. 

Yes, we deliver our PEOT Aromatherapy Diploma course online. Distance learning courses are an excellent way to study aromatherapy whilst balancing other commitments. Our distance learning courses come with 100% tutor support via video-link and webinars to guide you through your course. We also invite PEOT Aromatherapy Diploma students to attend live practical CPD courses, workshops and seminars, via live-stream on our Purodem Academy members platform, and in person at our UK based venue.

Clinical aromatherapy courses tend to be approximately 2 years in length. We aim for learners to have completed their coursework by 18 months through the course, leaving the remaining 6 months to complete case studies and the business studies modules, and prepare for their final assessments.  

Unfortunately we don’t offer short courses in clinical aromatherapy. The only way to become a professional clinical aromatherapist is to enrol on a professional aromatherapy course (such as our PEOT course) to learn the skills and understand the knowledge required. A short course does not allow the time to do this effectively. 

The PEOT examinations are moderated externally by the IFA in order to maintain confidence in our training standards. Once you have completed your coursework and your tutor is satisfied that you are ready to proceed, we will enter you for your exam. This will take place either at IFA Head Office in London, or at our UK-based venue in Surrey with an IFA exam invigilator in attendance. Remote examinations are also available depending on your location . 

Course Pricing

The Professional Essential Oils Therapy (PEOT) Diploma course costs £2395.00. 

This covers all course modules, including Anatomy & Physiology and Business Studies.  

Once accepted onto the course after successful completion of the prerequisite enrolment criteria, you can reserve your place on the course with a deposit payment of £495.00

Balance Payment Options

When your course begins, you can complete payment by choosing one of the following balance payment options:

Option 1

A one-time balance completion of £1900.00.

Option 2

Alternatively, the balance payment can be made in 8 x monthly instalments of £250.00.

*(The total cost of the PEOT course via payment plan is £2495.00 to cover the additional administration costs. Terms & Conditions apply.)

Join Us On Our Next Enrolment

To submit an application to enrol on the PEOT Clinical Aromatherapy Diploma Course please fill out all fields in the form below:

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I attended a 4-day course with Purodem in January 2020, to learn how to make skincare products for my beauty salon and facial therapy clients. Using the skills Deana showed and explained to me I have since put together a small range of cleansers & moisturiser creams that I now use in my facial treatments. This has saved me money by being able to cut back on buying from suppliers, and still offering a great service to my clients. They all love that I can now tailor make creams for their individual needs. Many thanks! R
Rachel W
Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK.