Certificate in Aroma Science

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The aim of the Certificate in Aroma Science course is to train people in the study of Aromatology, specialising in the use of essential oils and related products, to enable the graduate to practice safely and with confidence in the Complementary medicine sector.

The objective of the Certificate in Aroma Science course is to educate New Zealanders about our native and global plants in the form of Aromatic Medicine for complementary medicine health benefits.

What is Aromatic Medicine?  The controlled use of exceptional pure, natural aromatic oils obtained from plants to achieve good health by nature's chemistry.  Essential oils can be prescribed for a range of conditions and applied topically and or used in compresses, inhalations, pessaries, suppositories and capsules.  Aromatology is the title used when specialising in Aromatic Medicine.

The Aroma Therapy terminology/title is used when full training in Massage, Anatomy and Physiology is incorporated with safe essential oil application methods.  (Aroma meaning smell, Therapy meaning method of healing through massage).  

Aroma Science is (Aroma meaning smell, Science meaning the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the plant world through observation and experiment).

The programme is divided into four parts: Aroma Science 1, 2, 3, & 4.

This is a distance learning programme and can be learnt totally on-line with our new and updated student learning platform, that includes in-class videos.  Hard copies of course books are also supplied.

Graduates of the Certificate in Aroma Science have the option to stair-case into the ITEC Diploma of Aromatherapy.  

2021 Dates:

6th September 2021

1st November 2021


2022 Dates: (6 intakes only)

1st February 2022

1st March 2022

2nd May 2022

1st July 2022

1st September 2022

1st November 2022


Fully Accredited