• Code: HG (Year One); HY (Year Two)
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Certification: ITEC DIPLOMAS/Certificates LEVEL 5 EQUIVALENCE ON THE QQI IN 
    • Reflexology (100/2402/5)
    • Holistic Massage (100/2404/9)
    • Aromatherapy (100/2403/7)
    • Indian Head Massage (100/2572/8)
    • On Site Massage (100/2442/6)
    • Stone Therapy Massage (100/5213/6)
  • QQI Level 5 components inWorkExperience(5N1356)
    • Nutrition (5N2006)
  • BIFE Certificates in:Hopi Ear Candling
    • Holistic Facial Massage
    • Pregnancy Massage
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • REIKI 1
    • REIKI 2


This two-year Diploma course is designed to give people an insight into the area of Holistic Health. Learner's gain an awareness and understanding into the Holistic approach and upon successful completion, are awarded ITEC internationally recognised qualification in a wide range of holistic therapies.  It provides the highest level of training to facilitate learners to pursue a professional career in a variety of settings both at home and abroad.  Work experience enables practical hands-on experience which is invaluable for career prospects. 

Programme of Study

Year 1:

  • Diploma in Holistic Massage
  • Diploma in Reflexology
  • Certificate in Onsite Massage
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
  • Nutrition

Year 2:

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage
  • Work Experience
  • Hopi Ear Candling
  • Holistic Facial Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Reiki 1 & 2

     Places in Therapy classes subject to availability
     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants with no formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview. Learners must source their own work experience.

Career Opportunities

Holistic Therapist in a variety of settings:

  • Hotel Spa/Health-farm
  • Leisure Centre
  • Resource Centre
  • Support Group within the community 
  • Self employed
  • Cruise Liners
Course Co-Ordinator

Sandra Kelly

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

 "Wise Hands’ is located in Charlesland Golf Club, Co Wicklow. We opened  for Business in October 2013. We were both students on the Holistic Health  Course at BIFE achieving both FETAC and ITEC Diplomas. All our clients  regularly comment on our high professional standards thanks to our teachers  at BIFE."

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