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HLT52615 Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation

This ancient traditional Vedic system of medicine, with a history of more than 5000 years, focuses on the prevention and management of illness by incorporating basic life principles as well as closely relating the human body and its physiological and pathological processes to the inherent principles of nature.

Ayurveda is considered to be a complete system of medicine in its own right. Ayurveda treats each human as a distinct individual and recognises that it is related to a unique combination of physical, mental and emotional characteristics known as the tridoshas – vata, pitta and kapha. The imbalance of these tridoshas can lead to emotional, mental and physical discomfort, as well as illness. In order to balance these tridoshas, Ayurveda uses a variety of methods such as lifestyle modification, dietary advice, herbal treatment, massage and its unique detoxification method known as panchakarma.

This comprehensive, nationally recognised and industry-endorsed Ayurveda course has been designed to give you the required knowledge and skills to practice as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant who provides advice, selected remedies and therapies according to Ayurvedic principles.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will have a sound knowledge of principles of Ayurveda. They will also be able to

  • Make Ayurvedic lifestyle assessments
  • Provide Ayurvedic bodywork therapies
  • Provide Ayurvedic lifestyle advice
  • Provide advice on Ayurvedic nutrition
  • Provide Ayurvedic remedial therapies

In addition to the knowledge and skills in Ayurveda, graduates will also be able to

  • Establish and manage the client relationship
  • Work with diverse people
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • Reflect and improve your own professional practice
  • Confirm physical health status
  • Provide first aid
  • Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • Manage work health and safety
  • Market small business
  • Undertake small business planning
  • Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • Engage with health professionals and the health system

Mode of delivery

All the theory-based units will be delivered via AIHFE virtual campus mode where the students can attend from any destination by using their internet. The lecturers and tutorials are delivered in real-time on a structured timetable so that students get an opportunity to ask questions from their teachers and interact with other fellow students.

Where it is not possible to deliver any live lecturers, pre-recorded lecturers will be provided with subsequent live tutorials and or direct contact with the trainers and assessors.

Clinical Training

Students are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of supervised clinical training. Clinical training can be completed at the workplace (Ayurvedic clinic) under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant or a practitioner.

Face to face workshop

At the end of the term 3, students are expected to attend a two week intensive workshop where students learn the practical skills required to work as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. The workshop will be held in Perth, WA. During the workshop, the trainers and assessors may assess some of the skills taught online/virtual classroom mode.

Career Prospects

Most of the graduates set up in private practice or work in multi-disciplinary clinics along with other health care professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and psychologists. Alternatively, some Ayurvedic lifestyle consultants establish and or work in health retreats, hotels and spas, and others become academics in the field. So, there are many opportunities a fresh graduate can opt for.

Currently, there is significant demand and need for Ayurvedic lifestyle consultants and therapists.

Occupational Titles for this Qualification include

  • Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
  •  Ayurveda remedial therapist

General Entry Requirements for AIHFE Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses

For Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses, the applicants will need to have completed the Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent or satisfactory completion level 4 Australian Qualification or an equivalence. Mature age students with life experience may also apply for the course provided they meet literacy, language, and numeracy skill requirements.

Unique Student Identifier requirement (USI)

A USI must be provided by all students applying for the course, and this should be provided in the application form. If you require a USI, this can be obtained by visiting USI website https://www.usi.gov.au/

College Policies and Procedures

All prospective students are requested to view the college policies before enrolment. Policies can be accessed on the website under policies, procedures, and forms located at the bottom of the home page under the heading Navigation.

Please click to download the fee structure and the schedule.



The course is designed to be delivered over twelve months requiring about fifteen hours of contact study hours per week. There are four terms for the course, and each term runs for a period of 10 weeks. Part-time options are also available, allowing course completion within two years.

Since AIHFE virtual classes are conducted in real-time, students attend these interactive lectures and tutorials. Where possible, virtual classes are scheduled in the afternoon or evening to accommodate many working mature-age students. Virtual classroom sessions are also recorded and archived for future reference so that students can listen to the lectures as many times as they want during the term and also if they miss a live class session. When virtual classrooms are not offered, students may enroll in online classes, where they are provided with all the lesson materials, and recorded lectures and are assigned tutors to respond to questions. Supplementary live interactive tutorials will also be offered to support the students and to ensure that they meet the required knowledge and skills.

There are 4 terms per year with term holidays in line with school holidays. If you need any assistance with your study plan, please contact one of our staff members.

Please note that the Diploma course is delivered in a logical and progressive manner with AIHFE own subjects. These subjects are mapped against the relevant Training Package unit/s. Students may have to enroll in more than one AIHFE subject and complete all the required assessments in order to gain the unit of competency for a Training package unit and finally to obtain the nationally recognised qualification. In some instances, one AIHFE subject may cover all the theoretical components (Knowledge components) required for a number of relevant training package units. The skill assessment for most of the units or AIHFE subjects will happen in the workplace, once students have commenced their clinical placement or workplace training. Therefore, it will not be possible to issue a statement of attainment for a majority of completed academic units/subjects until students are finally assessed for their competency at the workplace.

Course structure and AIHFE subjects:

Module one

AYF101 Foundation of Ayurveda

BMS101 Biomedical Science

Module two

EMI101 Develop and Use Emotional Intelligence

ALN201 Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Nutrition

ART301 Ayurvedic Bodywork and Remedial Therapies

Module three

CLE401 Communication, Law, and Ethics

CPP401 Clinical Practice and Procedures

HLTAID003 Apply First Aid

APWD301 Intensive Practical Workshop

Module four

WPT 401 Workplace Training/Clinic Placement

BMA601 Business Marketing

BPL701 Business Planning

For mapping documents of AIHFE subjects with training package unit of competency, please click here.



Upon completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for memberships of professional bodies such as Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA), Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA) or other professional bodies that represent Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultants. However, Industry associations may require additional information and conditions for membership, and requirements may change periodically. As such, prospective students are encouraged to contact the relevant professional bodies for current membership requirements. Currently, there are no licensing requirements to practice Ayurveda in Australia.

  • Your qualification is nationally recognised (Australia wide) through the Australian Qualification Framework.
  • Monitored and regulated by Australian Skills Qualification Authority, the government regulator of the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
  • Industry recognition which enables our students and graduates to apply for membership of professional bodies.
  • Opportunities to continue further studies.


Is the course nationally recognised? 

Yes. The training and the Ayurveda qualification issued by our institution are nationally recognised across Australia.

Where is the campus located?: 

Our training facility and clinic are located at 22 B, Pace Rd,  Medina,  WA.

We deliver all our theory units in Virtual interactive mode so that students can learn from any destination in the comfort of their own home or office. All they need is a computer and a good internet connection.

Can I do the entire course/qualification online or in virtual mode?

You can do all the theory units online/in virtual mode. However, there is two weeks of the intensive face-to-face workshop students must attend. The workshops are held at our own AIHM Ayurveda and wellness clinic in Medina, WA.  We are also planning to offer workshops in other destinations in Australia depending on the demands and the needs of the students. Before attending the workshop in person, students are required to complete several units. These pre-requisite units are listed in the course brochure on page 5, which can be downloaded from  https://aihfe.edu.au/course/hlt52615-diploma-of-ayurvedic-lifestyle-consultation/ Typically, for a full-time student, the workshop needed to be done at the end of the third term.

Students are also required to complete 200 hours of clinical training in an approved Ayurveda clinic.

What if I can’t make it to the scheduled workshop; can I continue with the online theory units until I am able to attend the workshop:

 You can certainly do that. Please note that you can do the work placement only after completing the workshop.

What time live lectures and tutorials are held?

We have recorded many lectures during previous virtual delivery sessions, and students have access to those recordings at any time when they enroll in a unit. Live virtual tutorials are usually held every week or every other week from 4 pm-5 pm AWST (GMT+8). Any virtual lectures are delivered between 3:30-5:30 pm AWEST.

What if I miss a virtual tutorial; can I listen to it later?

 Yes, you can. We record all our lectures and live tutorials so that student can listen anytime that suit them and as many times as they want!

How long does AIHFE been operating as a Training Organisation

AIHFE evolved from AIHM, which is its original name. AIHM was established in 1991 and had been offering training and education since. AIHM changed its corporate name to AIHFE in 2014. We currently use both names.

What do you learn in the workshop? 

During the workshop, students learn all the essential practical skills. Students get to practice on one and the other. The trainer will also demonstrate many procedures required to practice as an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and a therapist.

What is workplace training?: 

In addition to the workshop, it is a requirement that students must undertake 200 hours of supervised clinical training under a qualified practitioner. Students are encouraged to undertake the required clinical training at the purpose-built AIHM Ayurveda and Wellness clinic in Medina, WA. This can be done by attending a few intensive clinics or regular clinics.

Alternatively, students outside WA and in regional Australia may complete their clinical training in a local clinic approved by the AIHFE under a suitably qualified Ayurveda therapist or a Practitioner. The partner clinics where students can undertake clinical placements are also listed on our website under partner clinics.

However, It is highly recommended that the Students who are outside WA or from regional Australia and planning to gain their clinical experience outside the AIHFE designated students’ clinic in Medina, WA, attend at least one intensive clinic block at the AIHM designated clinic in Medina, WA.

What are the entry requirements?

To be successful in studies, we expect the applicants to have completed their year 12 or equivalence or have completed Certificate 4 or higher qualification under the Australian Qualification Framework or equivalence. Life experience is also considered.

What is the difference between the Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualification?

The Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle consultation course prepares you to become an Ayurveda therapist and lifestyle consultant, whereas the Advanced Diploma prepares you to become a qualified Ayurveda practitioner. A practitioner can do more things than a lifestyle consultant and a therapist including, advanced Ayurveda therapies, herbal preparation and dispensing.

The Diploma can be completed in twelve months on a full-time basis. The Advanced Diploma can take up to two years. Diploma students must complete 200 hours of work placement, whereas Advanced Diploma students must complete 400 hours of work placement.

Can I start with the Diploma and continue to gain my Advanced Diploma:?

Yes, you can. Also, also get credits for all the units you have completed in your Di

Can I start pat- time studies and change it to full-time and vice versa?

Many students start part-time and go to full-time studies as they gain more confidence.

Do I need to pay any additional fees for Workplace training?

No, it is covered in your tuition fees. The college pays the practitioners for providing this service!.

Do I need to visit daily to the clinic to get my workplace clinical experience(clinic)?

No, you can negotiate suitable times/dates with the practice or the clinic before you commence your workplace training.

Do I need to have any insurance to work in the workplace?

Yes, you are required to take a prof indemnity and public liability insurance to cover yourself before commencing your workplace training unless the training or work placement happens at the AIHFE venue. There are a number of insurers who provide insurance for workplace trainees or interns. We can’t recommend one over the other and students are requested to find suitable insurances that meet their requirements. As guidance, some of our previous students have got their policies through AON and Swiss international SE (Insurance house -03 9235 5222).If you are a student member of ANTA, you may also be able to get your required insurance at a very nominal fee.

What is the intensive clinic?: 

AIHFE arranges an intensive clinic after the intensive workshop where students can apply what they learned in the workshop directly during the intensive clinic to the general public. AIHFE arranges the clinic and gets the clients. Students perform various therapies and consultations etc., under the supervision of a qualified practitioner (Supervisor). This is a great way to get their skills embedded in the nervous system by practising immediately after the workshop. In other words, it is a real clinic but managed and operated by students under supervision. Students get 80-100 hours of their 200 hours of work placement by attending a single intensive clinic. Currently, the intensive clinic is held in Perth once a year.

How much is the cost of the course?:

For course fee structure, please click 

Does the course cost include learning resources such as books?:

No, it does not. We provide you with a list of resources once you are enrolled, and you can purchase them online. It is around $1500.00 (2021)

Do I need to pay upfront for the course fees?

No, as a policy, we do not take upfront tuition fees for the entire course. It is a safeguard mechanism to protect students’ fees. Students are required to pay for each term for the units that they are going to enroll in. The number of fees can vary depending on the number of units they enroll in each term and the cost of each unit. For fee structure, please visit

What are the payment options?

The majority of students pay for the unit/s they enroll in each term by a bank transfer to AIHFE account. The payment must be paid before the commencement of the term, by the cut-off date, which is published in each term. We also offer an interest-FREE easy payment plan.

How does an interest-FREE easy payment plan work?

The easy payment plan is managed by a third party; Paysmart. If students want to make use of this option, they need to complete the required form and provide their details, including the bank account or credit card details. The paysmart charges one-off set-up fees ($11.00) and $1.95 per transaction to cover their admin fees. The amount is correct as of 2021 and subject to changes. To obtain the Paysmart form, please get in touch with info@aihfe.edu.au

To work out each instrument, you need to first work out the unit fees for the term you are enrolling in. Please see the example below.

Alice is a student and wants to pay her term fees by using an Interest-FREE payment plan and decided to enroll in one unit., AYF101 foundation of Ayurveda.

The cost of the unit is $1200.00

Alice must complete the payment of the unit/s fees before the end of the term and must commence her first payment on or before the advertised cut-off date.

Since there are ten weeks per term, there is five fortnight during the term.

Therefore, she needs to pay $1200/5= $240.00 per fortnight, plus $1.95 per transaction.

Paysmart contract is valid only for one term, and students are required to sign a new contract each term depending on the number of units they enroll in each term and the cost for those units.

What if something happens to the college, particularly during these uncertain times? How are my pre-paid fees protected?

Firstly, we take fees only for one term. We even protect that by having a bank guarantee in place to cover any unforeseen circumstance to protect students’ fees.

After doing a unit or two, if my circumstances do not allow me to continue my studies or the course does not suit me, am I financially liable for the entire course?

No, your financial liability is only for the units that you are enrolled in for a particular term.

Can I start at any time?

If a student wants to study part-time, they can enroll in any of the four terms that the college runs. The four terms are January, April, July and October. The full-time enrolment occurs in April each year. However, there is some flexibility with the enrolment. Please get in touch with dean@aihfe.edu.au to discuss the best circumstances that suit you. The college term run online with WA, School terms.

What is the enrolment process?

Once you have expressed an interest, we will contact you with all the relevant information about the course. We encourage prospective students to visit our website www.aihfe.edu.au and download the course brochures and read the course information pages. If there are any questions, students are encouraged to contact dean@aihfe.edu.au

Once they are ready to enroll, they can submit the enrolment form online by visiting https://aihfe.edu.au/course/hlt62615-advanced-diploma-of-ayurveda/ If you would like to send a hard copy of your enrolment please get in contact with info@aihfe.edu.au and we can email you the form.

Once the enrolment form is submitted, students need a copy of their photo ids, such as a copy of the Driver’s license or passport, together with their highest educational certificate and the transcript. These documents should be emailed to dean@aihfe.edu.au

Once the college receives your application and relevant documents, we will contact you to arrange a virtual meeting to discuss the course and explain how the course is delivered and provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions. After that, a letter of offer will be sent to you together with the letter of acceptance and a declaration. You need to complete these documents and return them to dean@aihfe.edu.au, after which you will receive the unit enrolment form for the first term. You need to complete the unit enrolment form and return it to dean@aihfe.edu.au, after which you will receive a confirmation of enrolment and your student number. Once you have completed the payment for the unit/s or completed and returned your paysmart form, you will be given access to the learning portal to commence your studies.

Can I have early access to the learning portal before the term commencement?

Yes, by enrolling in a unit and making all the admin requirements (paying unit fees), you can have early access to the learning portal before the term commencement date so that you can start your studies before the term commences.

Do I need to have a USI (unique student Identifier) to apply for the course?

All Australian students undertaking Vocational education and training must have a USI number. This is a unique student number issued by the government. You get only one number irrespective of where and what you study, and you use that number every time when requested. If you do not have your USI or have forgotten your USI, please visit https://www.usi.gov.au/students It takes only a few minutes to get your USI.

Where can I find your policies?:

We encourage all prospective students to check our policies that are listed on our website https://aihfe.edu.au/policies-procedures-forms/

How do I know that you are a recognised training organisation, and your qualification is nationally recognised?

Please visit training.gov.au and type our RTO number 40977, and you can see our details on this government website with our scope.

How do I know your teachers are appropriately qualified and have the necessary experience and qualifications to teach me? 

Under the standards that we operate, it is a requirement that we engage appropriately qualified staff to provide education and training, and we are audited by the regulators. Our trainers and teachers have a passion for what they do and have been doing this for many years. We are not a new training organisation and have been operating for over 30 years!

Is your course recognised by professional bodies?: 

Yes, the Ayurveda courses ( Advanced Diploma and Diploma) offered by AIHFE are recognised by a number of professional bodies that represent Ayurveda practitioners in Australia, such as the Australian Natural Therapist Association (ANTA), Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), Australasian Ayurveda Association (AAA), Ayurveda Federation of Australia (AFA) and  International Complementary Medicine Therapist (ICMT).

Are we legally allowed to practice Ayurveda after qualification?

Under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, there are no statutory requirements to register to practice Ayurveda in Australia, unlike other health professionals such as Medical Practitioners, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Chines Medicine practitioners, and Acupuncturists. As long as Ayurveda practitioners do not use restricted titles or practices controlled by the legislation and do not hold themselves as registered healthcare practitioners under the Act, there is no restriction to practice Ayurveda in Australia, similar to other complementary medicine modalities such as Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Massage. However, insurance companies and professional bodies may require appropriate qualifications, Such as Advanced Diploma or Diploma, to provide necessary insurance coverage and Association membership.

Is the course internationally recognised?

There is no uniform international recognition body for many qualifications globally, including Medical and health qualifications. The requirements to practice any profession may vary depending on the legislation of each country, and we encourage the prospects to contact the relevant regulatory bodies to contact the county of their interest to find out the requirements in those countries to practice Ayurveda.

Do I need to have further training to practice Ayurveda in Australia after completing my course at the AIHFE?

No, all the required knowledge and skills will be provided in the course offered by the AIHFE.

Can I do a degree in Ayurveda in Australia?

No, Advanced Diploma is the highest qualification offered in Australia in Ayurveda. You may go to countries like India or Sri Lanka to complete a degree programme subject to the requirements of those countries. However, please note that Australian legislation may not allow you to practice everything you learn in the degree when you come to Australia. We have different health legislation to those countries.

Does the college provide additional support to set up my business/practice?

Marketing and Business planning are part of the course curriculum. However, if a graduate needs additional support to set up their Ayurveda practice, AIHFE offers coaching and mentoring sessions and additional support For a fee upon request.

If I am struggling with the coursed, what support does the college provide?

AIHFE offers additional support for those students who need additional academic support through our mentoring programme. Senior students who are scholars of the AIHFER offer this additional support and act as their mentors.

Does the college provide scholarships?

AIHFE offers limited part scholarships for full-time, eligible Australian citizens. The criteria and the value of the scholarships are published on the AIHFE website and on our Facebook page. If you are interested in applying, please visit and subscribe to the AIHFE Facebook page and watch out for our upcoming news on the webpage.

I already have the necessary knowledge and skills gained through my previous or current employment or studies in certain areas that are in your course curriculum. Do I get any credit?

If you have similar work or life experience or have the necessary knowledge and skills in any unit of the course that we are offering, you can apply for Recognition of prior learning (RPL). For details on RPL, please visit https://aihfe.edu.au/recognition-of-prior-learning/ Please note that you need to provide all the evidence at the time you apply for RPL, and there is a fee for the RPL process as outlined in the course fee structure on our website.

On the other hand, if you have done an identical unit in any of your previous studies and have a statement of attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may apply for a Credit transfer for those units. It is totally FREE.

Why do many students choose you over other colleges offering similar courses?

We are not exactly sure whether this is the case. If it is, we feel blessed and thank those students who chose us and trusted us to be part of their Ayurveda journey. We like to think that students and prospects love us as we take good care of our students, before enrolment, during their studies, and even after graduating. Our course materials cover more than the minimum requirements of the Nationally recognised training and qualifications and are developed by dedicated and highly qualified Academics, and Practitioners who have a deeper knowledge of Ayurveda and Biomedical Sciences and other areas than our graduates need to know when they set up a practice. We have also been in the training and education industry for nearly 30 years and won multiple awards for what we do! We have used the most current updated training methods, including a virtual delivery platform, for many years now!. Our course fee structure is kept to a minimum. We also offer scholarships and work very closely with the industry. More than anything else, we have a passion for what we do.

If I have any further questions, who should I contact

If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a phone conversation, please get in touch with dean@aihfe.edu.au