Diploma of Personal Care Formulation

The Diploma of Personal Care Formulation (11268NAT) has been developed to provide a comprehensive approach to teach you how to become a Cosmetic Chemist. Our on-line program is Internationally Recognised Training and Industry approved, teaching you everything you need to know about cosmetic science to hold the title 'Cosmetic Chemist'. This course contains a good balance of natural and synthetic formulation types. It particularly focuses on the formulation of safe, stable and efficacious personal care products for the hair, hands, body and face. It also covers the development of cosmetic products from the concept stage and through reverse engineering. Learners are taught how to prepare a variety of personal care products, adapt formulations to suit organisational requirements and develop products based on the latest cosmetic industry advances.






  • Start Date: Can be started at any time.
  • Mode of delivery: On-Line/Distance - a practical kit needs to be purchased separately to complete all required practical activities.
  • Entry Requirements: Minimum 15 years of age or older
  • Duration: 1200 study hours.
    • Normal duration: 1 year (flexible study plan up to 3 years).





Industry Approved and Recognised 


Our training is Industry Recognised by the International Federation of Society of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC) and Government Accredited.  


60+ hours online lectures

(full course: 1200 study hours)

Learn through over 70 cosmetic science videos where our qualified and experienced Cosmetic Chemists walk you through the 1200 study hours of course content in detail.


Full cosmetic chemist textbook


Download our comprehensive and detailed textbook. With more than 1300 pages, this professional manual will be your guide during and your reference after your studies.


Guided learning materials

Effectively study online with a comprehensive guided study checklist to plan and track your study progress. See an example of how our study is laid out step-by-step

1-on-1 training support

Don't wait to get your questions answered on a forum. Get support directly from your trainer - a qualified Cosmetic Chemist - when you need help. Meet our trainer here


Detailed study feedback

Understand and learn with detailed feedback for every assessment from your trainer, an experienced Cosmetic Chemist. Learn more about your future trainer

Real-life work scenarios 

No quizzes or games - get ready to work in the cosmetic industry with several real-life work scenarios throughout your studies. See an example of assessments here. 


Raw materials database

Get lifetime access to our database containing information on thousands of cosmetic raw materials and suppliers contacts. 

Professional  community

Join a professional community online with hundreds of qualified Cosmetic Chemists from over 75 countries in the world. Build your network and get ongoing support from your trainers and peers even after graduation.

Study options




Study Only:

Online Lectures + Text
Get the learning with no assessment commitment.

* No due dates

* Unlimited access to online lectures - over 70 full cosmetic science training lectures, you can watch anytime, over and over again.

* Full electronic text - over 1300 pages of Professional cosmetic chemistry training text

* Lifelong access to our database containing 1000's cosmetic raw materials information + contacts

* Guidance on over 70 different cosmetic practical activities 

* Learn to formulate over 100 different types of cosmetic products with full guidance and example cosmetic formulas

* A practical pack is recommended, please purchase here.









Pay with EURO from €1675 €1590

 Pay with USD from $1850 $1755

 Pay with AUD from $2500 $2375 


Full program:

Full Diploma program
Get the learning, trainer support, assessments, Diploma and Qualification: Cosmetic Chemist

* Up to 3 years to complete full qualification

* Unlimited access to online lectures - over 70 full cosmetic science training lectures, you can watch anytime, over and over again. 

* Full electronic text - over 1300 pages of Professional cosmetic chemistry training text

* Lifelong access to our  database containing 1000's cosmetic raw materials information + contacts

* Guidance on over 70 different cosmetic practical activities 

* Learn to formulate over 100 different types of cosmetic  products with full guidance and  example cosmetic formulas 

* Access to our Students & Graduates Facebook community

* 1-on1 trainer support 

* 6 written assessments

* 1 practical assessment

* 1 on-line open book exam

* Hard copy Diploma

* A practical kit is required to complete practical activities, purchase here.



Pay with EURO from €3350 €3180

 Pay with USD from $3700 $3515

 Pay with AUD from $5000 $4750


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Course structure and learning outcomes


Module 1

NAT11268001: Investigate and evaluate cosmetic ingredients

NAT11268002: Evaluate cosmetic ingredient and formula safety

NAT11268003: Evaluate compliance requirements of cosmetic ingredients

NAT11268004: Apply chemistry principles to select cosmetic ingredients

NAT11268005: Plan microbiological control of cosmetic ingredients and manufacturing environment

NAT11268006: Select preservatives for personal care formulas


Module 2

NAT11268007: Select rheology modifiers for personal care formulas

NAT11268008: Select lipids for personal care formulas

NAT11268009: Select fragrances or essential oils for personal care formulas

NAT11268010: Select emulsifiers for personal care formulas

NAT11268011: Select surfactants for personal care formulas

NAT11268012: Develop personal care aerosol formulas


Module 3

NAT11268013: Plan and interpret stability testing

NAT11268014: Develop a formula from a product development brief

NAT11268015: Prepare skin care formulas

NAT11268016: Prepare hair care and styling formulas

NAT11268017: Prepare highly active skin and hair formulas

NAT11268018: Reverse engineer a product formula





  • On-line lectures to support learning and activities within the texts
  • Electronic text for 18 units
  • Box of cosmetic raw materials and packaging required to work through various practical activities and prepare assessment samples - purchase separately here
  • 6 written assessments comprising theoretical questions and workplace simulated scenarios
  • Submission of practical samples with relevant stability and technical information
  • 3-hour on-line exam


On completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • develop safe, stable and effective cosmetic formulas for a range of personal care products
  • provide technical documents to support the safety, stability and performance claims of a cosmetic product
  • develop cosmetic formulas from a product development brief and communicate necessary changes
  • accommodate industry innovations into cosmetic formulations without impacting on the stability
  • reverse engineer and/or adapt cosmetic formulations to suit company requirements
  • satisfy safety and regulatory obligations in the development of cosmetic formulas and personal care products

Completion of this course and assessments entitles learners to the letters Dip Form Chem and the title ‘Cosmetic Chemist’ or ‘Formulation Chemist’.


This Qualification will benefit the following careers:

  • Research and Development Scientists
  • Cosmetic Chemist
  • Formulating Chemist
  • Production/Compounding Managers and assistants
  • Regulatory Affairs personnel dealing with product safety, claims and ingredient compliance

This qualification is Industry approved and Internationally Recognised.


This course is ideal for:

  • Cosmetic Chemists
  • Research and Development personnel
  • Compounding personnel manufacturing cosmetics
  • Raw material suppliers in the cosmetic industry
  • Product development personnel in sample development of cosmetic products
  • Technical staff involved in practical development and/or manufacturing of cosmetic products
  • Those wanting a Professional training program, the title Cosmetic Chemist for their own cosmetic brand


Required equipment:

In order to study this course, you will need to purchase or have access to standard laboratory equipment; or the following equipment if studying from home:

  • Scales that measure up to at least 1.2kg in 0.01g increments
  • 3 x 1.1L stainless steel mixing bowls
  • 1 x 8 wire whisk (250 – 300mm)
  • 2 hot plates (or normal stovetop)



  • This course consists of 18 units of competency
  • Full-time study = 36-38 hours per week to complete in 7 months
  • Part-time study = 15-20 hours per week to complete in 1 year
  • Flexible study = 5-10 hours per week to complete in 3 years
  • Study load consists of:
    • guided training and practical work = 850 hours
    • extension research and practical activities = up to 350 hours