Selecting an education provider is a big step in your new career. It is important they you make sure you know all the facts before your decide.
There are many reasons why you may choose a career in the natural therapies sector, it could be for personal reasons, to be involved in something you believe in or the fact that you simply want to help others.
The fact is though, in Australia, the natural therapies sector is growing fast. According to recent statistics, 60% of Australian’s have used Natural therapies, spending over $900 million in a single year.
There are many questions you should ask when looking for an education provider in the natural therapies sector.
First of all, are they accredited? This is obviously very important as you could be wasting your valuable time and money doing a course that will provide your career with little value.
In Australia, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), are the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.
It is also important to note that your education provider is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
This will ensure that your qualification is nationally recognised and not just recognised by the provider.
You should also ask about the support you will receive from your education provider. For instance, what access do you have to the lecturers, are they willing to let you speak to past and current students to tell you about their student experience?
There is no doubt that the price of your education can be a defining factor in your decision making process.
The price of course can range from anywhere between $20,000 – $40,000+, depending on the provider. This may seem expensive, but selected providers offer VET FEE-HELP.
VET FEE-HELP allows you to defer the upfront payment and pay the student loan back once you meet a certain salary threshold. In 2013, this threshold is currently $49,096. Saying that, this is not free money and it is important that you realise that you will have to pay it back.
Currently there is no statutory regulation to practice natural therapies in Australia, however attaining membership to a professional body, will provide you with many benefits.
One of those benefits is when you are looking to access a provider number through a health insurance provider. While different providers will have different requirements, some will require a membership to an industry body.
Another thing to consider is the length of the course. How long will it take you to be qualified and out in the workforce? Remember for every extra year you are studying, you may be missing out on an annual income of between 50,000 – $100000.00
You should take this into account when selecting an education provider.
If you require flexibility with your studies due to having employment commitments, children at home or travel difficulties, you should ask your education provider if they offer multiple delivery options.
In this day and age, online education is very common and can help you achieve your goal without hindering your normal day to day life. Some providers offer live online classes so that you actually feel like you are in a class and get all the benefit like any on campus student.
If you are a person that is easy distracted, perhaps the best option would be to study on campus.
To start a career in the natural therapies sector, you do not need a degree, though you will require an advanced diploma as a minimum that is recognised by the industry as a minimum qualification.
To gain successful entry into a natural therapies course you will usually be required to have completed the Western Australian Certificate of Education (year 12) or equivalent, preferably with human biology and chemistry as subjects or be a mature age student with required literacy and numeracy skills.
If you want a career that allows you to help others, enjoy freedom & peace of mind in what you’re doing, then give the team at AIHM a call on (08) 9417 3553 or send them an Email firstname.lastname@example.org