What course is right for me?
This is the million-dollar question. With so many tantalising therapies and enriching courses available in Australia, how do you choose the right one for you? What type of qualifications are relevant for what you want to do?
It can be overwhelming. Especially if you are interested in a variety of natural therapies, techniques and remedies! And with complementary medicine becoming more popular and accessible, your study opportunities and career outcomes will only expand in coming years.
One thing is certain, you like helping people to achieve all their health and wellness goals. And that’s the central focus of almost all natural therapies. From hypnotherapy, to nutrition, naturopathy, massage, reiki, pilates and kinesiology, there’s sure to be a course to pique your interest.
Online or on campus?
The next question is whether you want to study on campus or online. Many schools now provide external, correspondence and online training, to help you fit study around your life.
Other courses are only available on campus. This could be because the course calls for hands-on practice, or it could just be the provider’s preference. Before choosing a course or college, consider how you want to study and how much time you can devote to training.
What about qualifications?
Australia loves education. So much so that the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations sets out qualifications levels in a formal Australia Qualifications Framework.
Introductory and short courses aren’t included in the framework, although they can be a great way to sample a natural therapy before delving deeper.
After that, you can choose to study at these levels:
- Certificate I: takes 6 – 12 months
- Certificate II: takes 6 – 12 months
- Certificate III: takes 1 – 2 years
- Certificate IV: takes 6 months – 2 years
- Diploma: takes 1 to 2 years
- Advanced Diploma/Associate Degree: takes 1.5 – 2 years
- Bachelor Degree: takes 3 – 4 years
- Bachelor Honours Degree: takes 1 year
- Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificate: takes 6 months – 1 year
- Graduate and Vocational Graduate Diploma: takes 1 – 2 years
- Master’s Degree: takes 1 – 4 years
- Doctoral Degree: takes 3 – 4 years
Bear in mind that not all courses are available at all qualification levels. And that’s because natural therapies have their own requirements. For example, a certificate or diploma in aromatherapy will equip you with the necessary skills to practice; but you won’t need a doctorate!
After choosing a college, speak with them about the levels on offer and which level will allow you to practice as a professional. Or if you just want to study natural therapies for personal development, find out about entry-level training.
Sampling natural therapies
Which natural therapy floats your boat? You may not know just yet. And that’s why a short course can be your best friend – allowing you to sample a qualification before exploring it more formally.
Short introductory courses are often inexpensive and easy to start. And if you like it, you can then apply to the college – or another provider – to undertake a certificate or diploma.
Whichever course you choose, you’re bound to enjoy studying the wonderful world of natural therapies.
if you’re passionate about studying natural therapies, but don’t know where to start to get into this booming industry, we can help. Just follow these simple steps:
- Answer a few simple questions about your study goals
- We find the most relevant schools for you
- The school will contact you to discuss your options and answer any questions