2012 COLLEGE PROSPECTUS
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Thank you for your interest in The Shirley Price Aromatherapy College
Courses which since 1978 have been recognised as the premier aromatherapy training in the world of Aromatherapy. We train for the IFPA membership examination.
If you are interested in joining the Shirley Price Aromatherapy diploma class then do contact the College Secretary Rosie Brandrick for an application form and interview. T:01455 615466 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overall Aim of the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma course.
The accredited course seeks to provide education and training opportunities in
developing a proficient professional aromatherapist who has the ability to work within
both the field of complementary and contemporary health care settings. The course
will provide the student aromatherapist with the opportunity for self development and
facilitate an awareness of the importance of evidence based practice within the field
General Learning Outcomes of the course.
Knowledge and Understanding (theory) Outcomes.
• Develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles of
Aromatherapy from a historical and philosophical perspective.
• Explore and develop an in depth understanding of the art and science of using
aromatic materials safely, in a range of therapeutic treatments.
• Examine the concept of health, illness, a range of medical conditions and the
factors which may impact upon Aromatherapy as a therapeutic intervention.
• Develop an in depth understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the
human body in relation to a range of body work techniques in Aromatherapy.
• Identify and evaluate the necessary skills to assess individual needs and the
implementation of appropriate treatment, based on sound research-based
• Recognise and critically appraise the importance of personal and professional
development and the need for life long learning in a critical and systematic
• Explore and discuss the socio-economic and political factors from a national
and local perspective. Practice/Ability Outcomes.
• Apply a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Aromatherapy in
assessing the needs of the individual.
• Demonstrate and justify the use of a variety of therapeutic skills within a
chosen practice setting.
• Create a safe and appropriate working environment, taking into account the
socio-economic and political influences which may impact on professional
• Utilise reflective practice and the use of personal and professional
development within the boundaries of client management.
• Demonstrate and utilise knowledge of an evidence base to support decisions
for chosen Aromatherapy treatment plans.
Aromatherapy Syllabus. (120 hours)
Therapeutic Massage Syllabus. (60hours)
Anatomy and Physiology Syllabus.(50 hours)
Case Studies. In addition theory/class contact hours at least 4 hourly treatment
sessions on 10 clients is required, totalling no less than 60 hours.
Massage Practice. At least 5 full body massages on 10 clients is also required.
Both case studies and massage practice should be recorded in a practice portfolio
which will be part of the practical examination
The title aromatherapist is not protected but FHT/IFPA membership or that of the IFA is recognised as the minimum qualification for those intending to practice as aromatherapists in hospital and hospice settings. The Shirley Price college can take students to IFPA membership in 10 months concerted study which is the equivalent of the first year of a BSc level course. Aromatherapy is however a practical art and much emphasis is placed on work experience and case studies during your training. Finally you learn the business and personal skills necessary to succeed as a professional.
The college has access to first class and economical training facilities.
We look forward to welcoming you to train with us to become a Professional Aromatherapist Practitioner. You will join a family of over 5000 health and beauty professionals who have trained with the Shirley Price staff. Many trainers and students have gone before and we are grateful for the foundations laid, particularly by our finders Len and Shirley Price. It is a particular pleasure when students return as master practicioners to teach and inspire a new generation to reach their professional standards and commitment.
Each year students from all over the world join us to train and work in our factory. Welcome to Sp. It is a pleasure to see such an active uptake of our distance learning materials and course. We look forward to meeting students old and new very soon!
Aromatherapy will always have to justify its place in a world of scare resources. That depends crucially on the experience of the public in dealing with qualified aromatherapy practioners in their communities worldwide.
You can book distance learning or our IFPA membership diploma online at www.ShirleyPrice.net
P. I Brealey BSc, FCA
13th March 2012
What we can offer you
At Shirley Price Aromatherapy we are dedicated & committed to the fascinating world of
clinical Essential Oil knowledge and Massage. The sense of touch and smell simply belong
Essential Oils & Massage
We believe that incorporating beneficial massage techniques, client evaluation & safe use will
give you the confidence & knowledge to be able to treat the whole mind, body & spirit for
maximum benefit. There is also documented research studies which prove this to be true.
Please read the sections relating to Essential Oils & Massage further on.
Tutors & Staff
The Shirley Price staff & Tutors are passionate about Aromatherapy and passing their
knowledge to Students to become successful Aromatherapist Practioner. We are here to help
you during training and beyond.
As well as being fully qualified Aromatherapist Practioners & Professionals', we have a wealth
As members of the Soil Association we are committed to using the finest ingredients available
in our Shirley Price Professional Aromatherapy and Essentia organic Skincare and base
beauty products range. We use only the very best and this has grown over the years into a
comprehensive catalog and professional supply chain. Shirley Price Essential Oils are the
finest available and are sourced directly from leading distiller cooperatives of farmers and
growers from all over the world. This is incredibly important as you will find out when studying
with us as many Essential Oils available for sale on the common market place can be of
lesser quality & in some cases adulterated which will sacrifice their natural therapeutic
properties and aromas.
We have a small is beautiful policy and positively encourage small distillers and small
distributors become established. At the same time the scale and efficiency of Amazon means
Shirley Price Organic essential oils are available with free next day delivery.
Only three essential oils Ravensara, Rosemary verbone and Helichrysum are not used in
flavouring and fragrances which need standardised oils. Great care much be taken to
ensure it is the whole oil which is worked with as the properties of essential oils, particularly
those of use in clinical aromatherapy, may depend on the minor constituents of the oils. If it
were otherwise Aromatherapy would be a much simpler matter of using synthetic oils.
Our Training Aids
Shirley Price’s books are key texts from introductory aromatherapy courses and self help to
BSc level courses in Complementary therapies. Our training course manuals are
comprehensive, easy to follow & visually interesting. The course notes will be an invaluable
source of re-assurance during training & become a valuable reference tool post qualification.
Please note Shirley Price’s publications and training notes are the property of the Shirley
Price International College of Aromatherapy and subject to copyright.
We make tea infusions using some of the herbs & plants covered on the modules, we
examine the botanicals in their raw form from plants, trees, flowers, fruits & grasses.
It isn't just these things that make our courses what they are. We look after you from the
moment you join us. We are here for support & advice during and after your training.
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What will you achieve from our courses
Our courses will provide you with Professional Aromatherapy theory knowledge & practical
application training. Upon completion of module 4 & after passing the examinations you will
gain you a Diploma as a Professional Aromatherapist Practitioner. This will mean you are
qualified to offer Aromatherapy Treatments & Aromatherapy Products to clients. You will be
qualified to work as a qualified Aromatherapist Practitioner in a beauty, natural therapy clinic
or set up your own business.
Aromatherapy & Holistic therapies are fast growing complementary therapies which make this
an ideal time to qualify. Aromatherapy Treatments are being offered in some NHS practices,
Hospitals, Hospices, Complementary Health Clinics, and Private Medical Clinics.
If you would like any further help or answers to queries, please do not hesitate to contact us
on 01455 615466 or email us at Training@ShirleyPriceAromatherapy.com
2012 training dates
International students and distributors in cities worldwide benefit by taking and arranging
distance learning in their countries. Sp’s most successful distributors ships for example
those in the USA, Norway and Japan are those where training goes hand in hand with sale of
the professional oils.
IFPA Diploma Distance Learning Module one The learning is assessed by means of course
notes, background reading of appropriate text books (many of which are included in the
course pack although several other books may need to be purchased), and observation of
massage techniques presented in video form. The course is presented in a box file. The
student will be required to complete each module, of which there are four, before proceeding
to the next one, and will be required to submit written evidence to SPICA as directed.
A qualification in anatomy and physiology is also required – please contact us for a list of
exemptions. Upon completion of the course and assessment session, the student will be
awarded the SPICA Distance Learning Diploma in Aromatherapy. Students are advised to
take between 1 year minimum and 3 years maximum to complete the 4modules (5 if anatomy
and physiology is required). Whilst studying the DLC you are eligible to take out “Student
membership” of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). After
completing the course you may take out “Associate membership” of the IFPA, and will be
eligible for insurance cover. This cover will be the same as that offered to full members.
Support is provided during working hours and by email with Louise Carta.
As circumstances permit it is then possible to ‘top up’ with taught tuition to reach the
standards required to pass the external examination of IFPA and so become a full member of
Costs. Distance Learning module one £250, module two £250, module three £250, module
four £250. Online VTCT Anatomy and Pysiology Diploma £379. Anatomy and Physiology
Course Revision Notes and CD £60. Costs are exclusive of VAT.
The Course includes all materials and introductory and advanced DVD’s illustrating
Introduction to Aromatherapy knowledge
Aromatherapy is the skilled knowledge & use of aromatic Essential Oils. The Oils are
extracted from living volatile botanical plants.
Essential oils contain therapeutic properties for treating psychological & physical wellness of
the mind, body & spirit.
• Essential oils promote natural health & well being by encouraging the body to be
balanced & preventing illness in a completely pure & natural way.
• Aromatherapy is a form of herbalism which records show dates back to beyond BC in
scriptures & cave paintings. Think of mummification in the Egyptians and the use of Essential
Oils to aid preservation & deterioration.
• Essential Oils enter the blood stream & are transported throughout the body via the
skin & respiratory system so only a very small amount is needed to absorb the therapeutic
beneficial properties and promote balance
Introduction to the benefits of Massage
Massage therapy promotes relaxation and provides physical relief of physical & physiological
stresses & strains by reducing the heart rate and promoting muscles to relax increasing the
uptake of oxygen to encourage repair & skin renewal. There are many benefits to massage
therapy, including physical, emotional, and physiological improvements in the body. Massage
encourages emotional tension to ease as the muscles are kneaded & allowed to relax.
There is evidence from various university studies that massage can improve a range of
movement, posture, balance & lifts the mood. A study carried out on dancers showed that
they performed better and felt happier after a series of massages.
Massage can also improve immunity as counts increase in white blood cells and neutrophil
which fight infection & disease. Scientists believe that massage can trigger the release of
certain chemicals in the body which help to fight illness and promote recovery.
Examples of physical benefits
Reduces lower back pain and other bodily aches.
Helps sooth infants and promotes digestion.
Increases range of motion in joints.
Decreases illness-related fatigue.
Improves skin tone & skin conditions
Calms aggressive behaviors.
Decreases depression and helps to promote a healthy mind.
Helps your immunity by increasing white blood cell counts.
Improves recovery after post-operative surgery.
Alleviates age-related disorders, sleep disorders, and many more emotional and
We hope this will help you to see how naturally & clinically the powerful & beneficial the
combination of Pure Essential Oils & Massage.
The Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Courses cover the following topics
The History of Aromatherapy
Methods of extracting Essential Oils
Methods of absorbing Essential Oils into the bloodstream
Processes of extraction of Carrier Oils
Correct storage & use by dates of Essential Oils & Carriers
Safe use, administration & dosage of Essential Oils & carrier oils
Chemical components found in Essential Oils and their effect on the human body & mind
The benefits & therapeutic properties of Essential oils on the mind, body & spirit
The Philosophy of Holistic treatments
Aromatherapy as a complementary medicine
Basic anatomy & physiology
The health benefits of Massage on the human body, mind & spirit
Client care & confidentiality
Completion of health questionnaire
Evaluation & assessment of the client's general health
Professional Conduct, Client relationships
Communicating effectively & appropriately
How to set up a professional work area
Health & safety in the workplace
The Aromatherapy Professional Diploma includes
• Training students to become a Professional Aromatherapist Practioner at & Competent
Level to IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapist) standards &
• Students will gain a high level of expertise & in depth knowledge in essential areas of
• Students will gain an in depth & sound working knowledge of Essential Oils, Essential
Oils Chemistry, Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils, Safe Blending, dosages &
applications, Safe use of Essential Oils & Applications, Contra-indications & Health
• Students will gain knowledge in how to maximize effectiveness in practical application
of Essential Oils, Carrier bases & Massage techniques
• Students will have a thorough understanding of client analysis, evaluation of the
client's needs, correct methods of questioning & observations of clients needs & health
requirements prior to & following up Aromatherapy Treatments.
• Students will learn how to prepare a Professional treatment area, Health, Safety &
• Students will gain awareness & some knowledge of Anatomy & Physiology
• Students will gain an understanding in true Holistic treatments and the effect they have
on the mind, body & spirit
Please note that to become a member of IFPA. Students will need to successfully pass the
theory & practical examinations at the end of Module 4. IFPA also requires students to be
qualified in basic First Aid & Anatomy & Physiology to ITEC, BTEC Level. Please look at our
useful Links page for further information.
Aromatherapy Diploma Courses
Module Level 1 Diploma for home use & personal use 18 years & over
Modules Level 2, 3, 4 Professional Training Diplomas 19 years & over
The guideline for completing all 4 modules is 12-18 months but this is dependent on any
relevant previously gained qualifications in massage. The recommended maximum time for
completing all 4 modules is 4 years.
Students must complete all 4 modules to be able to take the final theory & practical
examinations. Students must complete all homework, case studies, assessments and
successfully completed the previous module before embarking on the next.
Students who have already gained a qualification in Massage can take the fast track route of
theory & massage assessment. We would ask that you provide evidence of any qualifications
with your application.
CPD's Continuing Professional Development
Holistic Training Courses 21 years & over
CPD's are highly recommended to enhance your career opportunities and to keep up to date
with latest treatments available. These courses will help to improve your employment
opportunities and status as a Professional Holistic Therapist.
The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Courses
Our courses are run in line with IFPA Guidelines & Regulations.
The Shirley Price International College of Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Training
courses require documented home Case Study Practical sessions, assessments, revision,
assignments & research.
Module kits containing Essential Oils being studied are available. Please refer to our
products range page.
Professional Aromatherapy Diploma Courses
The Module 1 Aromatherapy Diploma course is aimed at those who would like to use
Essential Oils safely at home on friends & family. Modules 2 & 3 will give students more in
depth knowledge in all aspects of Aromatherapy & Massage. Module 4 re-enforces
knowledge of all aspects of Aromatherapy & Massage & prepares students for the
Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Certificate theory & practical examinations.
The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 1 - An Introduction to Aromatherapy
Duration 5 Days including massage assessment £450.00
An introduction to Aromatherapy. Full Body Massage, 10 Essentials Oils, Carrier Oils, safe
use amd safe measuring/blending, Introduction to plant families, an introduction to the History
of aromatherapy and an introduction to the chemistry of Essential Oils & their therapeutic
properties for general health for medical ailments & the beneficial physiological effects of the
mind, body & spirit. This course is suitable for home use.
10 home case studies, an essay, an Essential Oil profile
PROFESSIONAL COURSES FOR BUSY PEOPLE. Aromatherapy is the wonderful art of using
essential oils to bring a sense of well being to both giver and recipient. Here at the Shirley
Price International College of Aromatherapy we offer courses from the most basic level of
training upwards to qualification as a professional aromatherapist. We are the largest
professional aromatherapy training college in the UK and our focus is preparing students for
membership of IFPA.
MODULE ONE A fascinating introduction to the wonderful world of
aromatherapy delivered by our college principal trainers Louise Carta and Marion Fewkes.
You will learn a body massage and how to make simple health assessments. Essential oil
knowledge will begin by learning about the history of aromatherapy, the ten most versatile
oils and their uses, how to blend and treat individual people and their conditions and the
basic chemistry. This is a five day module. A Certificate of Attendence will be awarded on
completion of your course, when you will be deemed competant in home use. The certificate
is also your passport to the Aromatherapy Diploma (Modules 2-4). Sp's charge for module
one is £350.
The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 2
Duration 6 Days including massage assessment. £480
Body analysis assessing, Client records, effects of stress & diets on the body, Massage
including Lymphatic drainage massage techniques and routines, 20 Essential Oils, Further
carrier Oils, Plant families, Essential Oil & Carrier Oil Chemistry, Health & Safety,
Professionalism & Personal Conduct, medical conditions including Stress, Skin problems,
Respiratory disorders, Allergies.
15 Home Case studies, an essay on an Essential Oil profile, Questions paper
The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 3
Duration 6 Days including massage, foot reflex, neck & should massage assessments.
Students will be taught a foot reflex point assessment & a foot massage. This will enable
Professional Aromatherapists to make a prescriptive blend of Essential Oils and Carrier base
to treat conditions found. This will enable you to treat an area which may be contra-indicated
by direct massage to an affected area. Students will also be taught a neck & shoulder
massage. Further in depth knowledge of Plant families & Essential Oil Chemistry, Health &
Safety for medical conditions, safe use including in pregnancy, children, and the elderly.
20 Case studies with 4 full case histories on 5 clients, Revision Questions sheet, 1500 essay.
Full revision of everything learnt from all 3 modules.
The Shirley Price Professional Diploma Module Level 4
Duration 6 days including theory & practical examinations. £480.00
Study of the skin structure, skin associated problems & ageing process, further in depth
knowledge, revision & complete overview of all matters covered in modules 1 to 4 inclusive in
preparation for examination.
Students passing the theory & practical examinations will become a qualified Professional
We recommend that you add an extra day to Module 4 for our First Aid Course. This must be
booked at the time of enrolling for Module 4.
The Shirley Price Theory Course
Total Duration 12 Days including Massage assessment & theory examination
The History of Aromatherapy, Plant families & characteristics, Essential Oil chemistry,
therapeutic properties, safe use, dosage & administration of Essential Oils, methods of
absorption, methods of extraction, contra warnings, the effects of Essential Oils & Massage
on the mind, body & spirit. The days can be divided into blocks.
This course is ideal for students studying massage or beauty therapy at college or has
already obtained a massage qualification. It can also be used for colleges looking to add
Aromatherapy Training to their programmes. Proof of relevant training or certificates gained
must be produced when booking this course.
1 day theory & practical course with assessment which will provide a 3 year First Aid
This course can be added on to the end of any of the modules or can be booked as a
standalone course for anyone wishing to gain a First Aid qualification.
Please look on the course dates page of the website www.ShirleyPriceAromatherapy.com for
up and coming courses.
Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology
Qualified Aromatherapists are required to hold an up to date anatomy and physiology
course. We will accept students on to our course who are currently studying A&P but we
cannot grant a certifcate of completion until evidence of the A&P course has been completed
and a certificate has been seen.
We highly recommend Essentials for health online virtual classroom course. We also
recommend the courses of the Essential Training Company. Please look at our distance
learning courses on www.ShirleyPriceAromatherapy.com