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 Practitioner. The course encompasses a variety of subjects and areas including:
In addition, biomedical sciences, communication law and ethics, research skills, emotional intelligence, business planning and marketing, workplace health and safety, prevention and control of infection, Australian health system, improving professional practice, client management, working with diverse people and legal and ethical compliance are also covered.
Students progress through the course by completing AIHFE subjects that are mapped against nationally endorsed units of competency from the health training package. Upon completion of all the AIHFE subjects and clinical requirements, students will receive a nationally recognised qualification.
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/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.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical training. These clinical sessions are conducted and supervised by qualified practitioners at the student clinic on campus. The clinical sessions will be conducted over a number of intensive sessions to enable students from various locations to gain their required clinical skills and yet with minimum inconvenience. As of 2023, students may also attend AIHM regular clinic located in Medina, WA on the days when the clinic is operating. As an alternative, designated clinical schools or clinics across Australia may be accessed, with AIHFE approval, by domestic students looking to gain clinical experience under suitably qualified practitioners who hold both training and vocational qualifications.
In order to maintain the authenticity and the quality of training and assessment, virtual campus students who have gained their clinical skills outside of the AIHFE/AIHM Perth clinic are expected to attend at least one intensive clinic unit during their training at the AIHM clinic. This provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their competency and to identify any shortcomings in their clinical training and address them. It also provides students with some understanding of the training requirements during workplace training (clinical placement) and required feedback for improvement.
However, It is highly recommended that the Students who are outside WA and living in regional Australia and planning to gain their clinical experience outside the AIHM designated students’ clinic in Medina, WA, attend at least two intensive clinic blocks at the AIHM designated clinic, once at the beginning of their clinical placement and once at the end of their placement. This recommendation is made in the best interest of the students, and industry and also to maintain the highest integrity of the qualification issued by the AIHFE and provide opportunities for students to learn and sharpen any specific clinical skills required, but could not gain at other clinical facilities. This practice will ascertain that students meet the competencies of the training package and industry requirements.
Students can also access interest-free easy payment terms to pay for their tuition fees. For details please contact the college administration. We also offer scholarships for eligible students up to $5000.00 which can be used against their tuition fees. For details about the scholarships or instalment payment option please contact the college administration.
Most of the graduates, upon graduation, set- up their own private clinics or work in multi-disciplinary clinics along with other health care professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and psychologists. Graduates can then share the overhead of running the business and also benefit from mutual referrals. Alternatively, some Ayurvedic practitioners establish and or work in health retreats and others become academics in the field. So there are many opportunities a fresh graduate can opt for.
Occupational Titles for this Qualification include
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 need any assistance in obtaining your USI please contact the college administration.
College Policies and Procedures
All prospective students are requested to view the college policies prior to enrollment. 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 download the fee structure and the schedule
The course is designed to be delivered over 2 years requiring about 25-35 hours of study hours per week, depending on individual student circumstances, on a full-time basis. There are 8 terms for the course and each term runs for a period of 10 weeks. Part-time options are also available, allowing course completion within 4 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 they want during the term and also if they miss a live class session. When virtual classrooms are not offered, students may enrol for 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. Students who enrol in January will start with term one subjects, similarly, students who enrol in April will start with term one subjects and proceed from there. If you need any assistance with your study plan, please contact one of our staff members.
Please note that the Advanced Diploma course is delivered in a logical and progressive manner with AIHFE’s own subjects. These subjects are mapped against relevant Training Package unit/s. Students may have to enrol in more than one AIHFE subject and complete all the required assessments in order to gain the unit of competency for the 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 assessments for most units/subjects are conducted in the workplace during students’ clinical placement or workplace training. Therefore it will not be possible to issue the statement of attainment for any completed theoretical units/subjects until students are finally assessed for their competency in the workplace/clinic.
Course structure and AIHFE subjects:
AYF101 Foundation of Ayurveda
BMS101 Biomedical Science 1
EIN101 Develop and Use Emotional intelligence
ALN201 Ayurvedic Life Style and Nutrition
BMS202 Biomedical Science 2
APC201 Ayurvedic Pharmacology
ART301 Ayurvedic Bodywork and Remedial Therapies
ADP301 Ayurvedic Dispensing
ANT302 Ayurvedic Nutrition
APW301 Intensive Practical Workshop
CLE401 Communication, Law and Ethics
CPP401 Clinical Practice and Procedures
FAD401 First Aid
ACL401 Intensive Clinic
ADG501 Ayurvedic Diagnosis
RES501 Research Skills
ACL502 Intensive Clinic
AMT601 Manage Ayurvedic Treatment
BMA601 Business Marketing
ACL603 Intensive Clinic
BPL701 Business Planning
ACL704 Intensive Clinic
ACL805 Intensive Clinic
For the mapping document please click here.
Industry Recognition and Licensing Requirements
Upon completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply for memberships of professional associations such as the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) or other professional membership organisations that represent Ayurvedic practitioners. 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.
Is the course nationally recognised?
Yes. The training and the Ayurveda qualification issued by our institution is nationally recognised across Australia.
Where is the campus located?:
Our campus was located in Northlake Rd, Cockburn Central in WA. But as of 2018, we changed our delivery mode.
As a result, we retained our admin offices in Perth, Western Australia.
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.
All the clinical training and workshops are conducted at our purpose-built AIHM Ayurveda and Wellness clinic in Medina, Western Australia. Students can attend both intensive and regular clinics to complete their required clinical training hours and sharpen their clinical skills under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.
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 are two weeks of intensive face-to-face workshops students must attend. The workshops are held in numerous locations in Australia. 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/hlt62615-advanced-diploma-of-ayurveda/. Typically, for a full-time student, the workshop needed to be done at the end of the third term.
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 enrol 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 some procedures, herbal manufacturing, dispensing, food preparation and more. It is jampacked two weeks! And students learn a heap.
What is workplace training?:
In addition to the workshop, it is a requirement that students must undertake 400 hours of clinical training. AIHFE offers its own purpose-built clinical training facility in Medina, WA, where students can gain their clinical training. Interstate and regional Australis students who are planning to gain their clinical training outside AIHFE purpose-built clinical training facility are expected to attend at least one intensive clinic at the Medina clinic, preferably two intensive clinc units, one at the beginning of the clinical training and one at the end. The clinical training can also be undertaken at an Ayurveda clinic under a suitably qualified Ayurveda Practitioner outside the AIHE clinic by Interstate students and students from regional Australia. There are many Ayurveda clinics in Australia, and AIHFE has some arrangements with some of these clinics where our students can gain clinical training. These clinics are listed on our website under partner clinics.
Alternatively, if a student finds a clinic close to them and is happy to undertake the training in that clinic they must contact the dean of students of the college and discuss this option before commencing any formal training or placement.
The clinic is designed with students’ training in mind. Training sessions are well structured to ensure students get the training and confidence they need before graduation. We appreciate the value of students undertaking clinical training in clinics outside AIHFE’s own clinic to gain real clinical experience. However, there are challenges in private clinics for students such as lack of clients, lack of time to provide sufficient input and supervision by the qualified practitioner, lack of opportunities to practice and sharpen the clinical skills and consistency of the training. That is why we ask students who are planning to do the clinical training outside the AIHFE clinic to do at least one clinical unit and preferably two so that we can provide opportunities to practice, learn and provide necessary feedback in a safer and real clinical environment. The real clients are attending the AIHFE clinic.
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.
Do I need to complete the Diploma before enrolling in the Advanced Diploma?
If you have the above qualification, you can directly enrol in the Advanced Diploma course without doing the Diploma course.
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 learnt 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 hours of their 400 hours of work placement by attending the intensive clinic. Currently, the intensive clinic is held in Perth.
How much is the cost of the course?:
For course fee structure, please click https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EGqyT9F9xJZ9YUiSzKmrSd3KtzaiooGP/view
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 under $2000.00 (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 enrol in. The number of fees can vary depending on the number of units they enrol 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 enrol 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 their 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 email@example.com
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 enrol 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 enrol on 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 a particular term.
Can I start any time?
If a student wants to study part-time, they can enrol 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Once they are ready to enrol, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 their Driver’s license or passport, together with their highest educational certificate and the transcript. These documents should be emailed to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, 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 cover and Association membership.
Is the course internationally recognised?
There is no uniform international recognition body for many qualifications globally, including for 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 AIHFE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org