Diploma in Therapeutic Reflexology

NEWS: REGISTRATIONS are open for MODULE 1, REFLEXOLOGY starting in FEBRUARY, 2018 | OPEN DAYS (09h30-15h00): 27th October 2017, 3rd, 10th, 17th November 2017 and 1st December 2017

Programme Criteria

Qualification requirement

The Allied Health Professions Act (Act no. 63 of 1982, as amended) sets a minimum requirement for a qualification allowing for full registration as a Therapeutic Reflexologist; namely a 240 credits, NQF level 5, Diploma in Therapeutic Reflexology.


The International Academy of Reflexology and Meridian Therapy is registered by the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution offering a Diploma in Therapeutic Reflexology.

The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and listed with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA), ID no. 36204.

Upon successful completion of the qualification, graduates can register themselves with the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) as a therapist and are able to start their own Reflexology practice.

A modular, credit-based system

The full diploma programme offered by the International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy has been divided into 4 individual modules (two modules per academic year).

Each module is accredited with a number of credits based on the amount of notional hours a student should engage in order to achieve competence in the knowledge and skills expected of them.

Rule of credit accumulation

In order to receive a diploma, all the modules within the programme must be completed, unless an Exemption and/or Recognised Prior Learning has been granted.

Module Overview

Admission Criteria

Enrolment intakes

The modular structure allows for two enrolment intakes during an academic year for prospective students wishing to enter the diploma programme.

Applicants can either enter the programme with Module 1, Reflexology which starts in February, or applicants can enter the programme with Module 2, Anatomy & Physiology which starts August. Enrolment is open until commencement of the respective modules, or until the maximum class capacity (academic staff to learner ratios) has been reached. Students may enrol module per module as they progress through the programme and as such do not have to commit themselves and pay for the full programme at once.

General admission requirements

At the time of enrolment, the applicant must EITHER be:

  • In possession of a grade 12 certificate and/or equivalent (no university exemption required), OR
  • Must be at least 23 years of age, or older.

As the primary language of instruction used at IARAMT is English, applicants must be able to understand, speak, read and write in English.
Management reserves the right to conduct a language proficiency test, if deemed necessary.

Admission procedure

The applicant will be required to complete and sign a General Registration Form. An Enrolment Form must be completed and signed accordingly upon enrolment for each module. Compliance with the institution’s General Admission Criteria and Admission Procedure does not provide applicants with an automatic right of admission to the programme. Final learner selection will be consonant with the Selection Criteria.

Tuition Fees

Once a student has enrolled in the programme, all tuition fees are fixed for each module for the full duration of the programme, i.e. two years, provided that the student does not postpone their studies in between modules and all modules are completed in normal succession.

There are no hidden/additional costs, besides the Starter Pack. All tuition fees include all study materials and postage costs (South Africa only).

All new students are required to purchase a Starter Pack* including an IARAMT school bag, a pair of “Reflex Feet”, a “Fresh Feet” spray and a “Rub ‘n Relief” crème. All these items will be required during the programme.

2017 Tuition Fees

Early-bird special for completed enrolments before 15 December 2017
*Starter Pack: R1,000.00 Prices are subject to a slight increase every year. All fees are non-negotiable. All fees are payable in South African Rands only.
MODULE 1 - REFLEXOLOGY (1st Semester 2017) 80 R 18,000.00
MODULE 2 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY (2nd Semester 2017) 40 R 12,000.00
MODULE 3 - THERAPEUTIC REFLEXOLOGY (1st Semester 2018) 80 R 18,000.00
MODULE 4 - PATHOLOGY & PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (2nd Semester 2018) 40 R 12,000.00
TOTAL R 61,000.00*

Payment plans

Students have the option of either paying for all tuition fees upfront upon enrolment into a module, or entering into a Payment Contract.

When entering into a Payment Contract, a fixed deposit is payable upon enrolment. The balance of the tuitions fees will be split into a monthly instalment plan over the duration of the module. No interest or additional administration fees will be added, provided that the instalments are paid on time.

Distance E-Learning

Mode of instruction (Distance E-Learning)

The International Academy of Reflexology & Meridian Therapy officially delivers all the modules in our Diploma in Therapeutic Reflexology via Distance E-Learning. All students will be granted access to the online Learning Management System (LMS) and must follow the lesson plans posted every week. As per regulations, compulsory knowledge and practical skills must be supported with “hands-on” tuition by qualified lecturers.

To meet this requirement, students are presented with the option of EITHER attending weekly tutoring sessions at the IARAMT Rivonia Campus, OR a compulsory workshop (five consecutive full days) per module (available in Johannesburg and Cape Town).

Modes of Assessment

Formative assessment

Otherwise known as continuous assessment and refers to assessment that takes place during the process of teaching and learning. The main purpose of formative assessment is to support learning and ensure continuing progress towards the learning outcomes. Formative assessment may vary per module and will mostly consist of activities and assignments.

Summative assessment

Otherwise known as formal assessment and is used to make a judgement about learner achievement at the end of a particular chapter(s), course, module and/or programme. Summative assessment may vary per module and may consist of written, oral and/or practical assessments, or a combination of either and/or all.

Integrated assessment

Assesses the learner’s ability to combine key foundational, practical and reflexive competencies with some critical cross field learning outcomes and apply these in a practical context for a defined purpose. Integrated assessment will typically consist of the case studies. Learners are required to complete 200 hours of case studies during the 2-year programme.

Exemption and Recognised Prior Learning


Applicants may apply for full exemption for Module 2, Anatomy & Physiology and/or Module 4, Pathology & Pathophysiology on basis of a similar or higher medical qualification (NQF level 5 or higher) completed at a recognised tertiary institution. The applicant will be requested to include a proof of certification and a detailed curriculum outline of the subjects completed with their application.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL):

IARAMT recognises the value of informal learning, e.g. knowledge and skills acquired during practical work experience, and as such may grant Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) for Module 1, Reflexology and/or parts thereof provided that the guidelines, principles and criteria for application and award of RPL are fully met.

As the qualification offered by IARAMT is a professional programme, the RPL assessment process may become complex in order to ensure that the applicant is fully competent in the required knowledge and core skills. The assessment of applicants is done against the same assessment criteria and exit level outcomes as for enrolled students.

The RPL assessment process will consist of a series of summative assessments, both written and practical, and designed to test the fundamental knowledge and core skill competencies of the applicants.


Module 1, Reflexology starts on the 12th February, 2018

Enrollment will close once the module has commenced, or when the maximum class capacities have been reached. A grace period for late admissions may be granted at the discretion of the Management Committee.

Weekly tutoring sessions are scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays from 09:30 – 12:30 (3 hours each) at the Rivonia Campus only.

The 5-day workshops are scheduled for the middle of May 2018.