Placenta Encapsulation Training Options In Australia

By Kelly Evans PSAM (
There are many training providers currently offering courses in Placenta Encapsulation. In Australia, there is no legislative need to undertake training before starting your placenta encapsulation business. Placenta Services Australia requires that all members undertake a basic standard of training before they become members. This includes Food Safety Training and annual Bloodborne Pathogens Training. We do this to provide a level of certainty to the public that all PSA members meet minimum safety standards.
The 3 main training providers offering reputable training to Australia are APPA, PBIU and IPEN. IPEN is the only provider to offer in-person training, while APPA and PBIU provide online training.
Here’s an overview of how much placenta encapsulation training in Australia costs and what it involves.

APPA – Association For Placenta Preparation Arts 



APPA ‘s website states that they provide ‘so much more than a basic weekend workshop on placenta encapsulation. Considered the “Bachelor’s Degree in Placenta Arts”, APPA is the most comprehensive placenta preparation training available. APPA is an ever-evolving, dynamic, international placenta preparation training and certification program.”


APPA’s training costs US$584.98  (approx $792AU).  Payment options are available.
Additional Costs
During the course, you have two required reading books. You will need to either buy or borrow these books.
  • Placenta: The Gift of Life
  • Placenta the Forgotten Chakra
Their Bloodborne Pathogens/ Food Safety course integrates APPA Standards and the process of placenta preparation. The course is maintained by a third party. Payment is made to that course provider and holds a one-year expiration.
If you are starting out your placenta services business you will need to buy your equipment and supplies.
If you are an experienced provider you may need to buy some new equipment or supplies that align with APPA’s safety and standards.


Their modules teach you placenta encapsulation and how to set up your small business. Training includes six modules:
Module 1: Placenta Anatomy & Physiology
Module 2: Research: What We Know
Module 3: Placenta Traditions
Module 4: Safety & Sanitation
Module 5: Placenta Arts & Applications
Module 6: Postpartum Expectations & Postnatal Mood disorders
Also included in APPA’s training is:
  • Three hours of professional one-on-one mentoring
  • Access to a private, judgment-free social community designed to help peer-to-peer learning
  • Personalized documents and board reviewed preparation protocols to start your business
  • FREE listing in APPA directory
  • Access to APPA’s Placenta Arts specific OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Training
  • Student discounts to APPA sponsored events like The Afterbirth Confab


 APPA expect each module will take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to complete or 6-9 months for the entire course.  You will have a year to complete your coursework and the freedom to work on your training on your own schedule.


Once you complete the course you receive the APPAC Designation which lasts for two years

IPEN – Independent Placenta Encapsulation Network


 According to their website, “IPEN offers a unique ‘hands-on’ opportunity to enhance your skills in post-birth support. You become “part of a group of professionals who understand the placenta is not waste but a priceless healing agent that can transform a new mother’s post-birth experience.”


Training is split into 3 parts (total: £605 =  approx $1060AU)
  • Part 1: Online theory training: Price: £535* total cost for Part 1 and Part 3 payable in full on registration
  • Part 2: Three online courses in food safety, infection control and HACCP: Price: combined cost £70 + VAT payable to third-party providers
  • Part 3: Hands-on training workshop with an IPEN Instructor Price: included in Part 1
You will receive a certificate upon completion of each part.


IPEN is the only provider offering in-person training in 2018. For hands-on learners, you can enrol in workshop dates in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Three Parts of IPEN Training
Part 1 – Online Theory
IPEN offers an interactive online books study theory program. You will have 120 days of online access to the content allowing you to learn at your own pace.
Their learning material covers:
  • anatomy and physiology of the placenta
  • history of placenta consumption
  • modern uses for placenta
  • reported benefits of placenta remedies
  • contraindications to placentophagy
  • safe practice
  • client care
  • food safety and so much more.  
You will complete a 1.5-hour multiple-choice exam at the end of the course. You must pass the exam to move forward to Part 2.
Part 2 – Extra Online Certifications
Certificates in Food Safety, Infection Control and HACCP Level 2
IPEN provides links to Australian based food safety and infection control online courses
Part 3 – Hands-on Training in a group with an IPEN Instructor
In a small group of no more than 6, you will spend a day making placenta smoothies, capsules, tinctures, essences and placenta creams and balms using the IPEN Method.
This includes key skills in:
  • managing a safe working environment
  • disinfection of surfaces and equipment procedures
  • equipment maintenance and control
  • how to read and interpret the IPEN HACCP and food safety management system.
Trainees take home a 50-page IPEN workshop manual. The manual has step-by-step recipes and photo guidance, IPEN client care guidelines, IPEN preparation protocols and important placenta handling and storage safety information.


You have 120 days to complete Part 1. Part 1 and 2 of IPEN’s training program is completed before attending Part 3.  We recommend you give yourself at least 30 days to complete Part 1 and Part 2 of IPEN’s training program before attending Part 3. You can book Part 3 any time after registration and payment for Part 1.
The total training time depends on the availability of Part 3 in-person training.


Completing IPEN training allows you to offer placenta services to mothers as an IPEN Placenta Encapsulation Specialist.
Ongoing membership to the Placenta Remedy Network (part of IPEN) is dependent on holding the following certificates:
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety for Manufacturing which meets UK and EU legal requirements for food handlers
  •  Level 2 HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) to follow the European Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the Hygiene of Foodstuffs
  •  Basic Infection Control (non-medical) to cover bloodborne pathogens and cross ­contamination.

PBiU – Placenta Benefits Inc University



PBi claims that a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist® means that not only do you know how to prepare a placenta for a mother’s postpartum recovery but that you also commit to learning all you can about placentophagy. Anyone can learn how to prepare a placenta. A PBi Specialist knows how to provide that quality service and be a wealth of information in their community.


PBiU Training includes 8 modules costing $40US each (total $320US = approx $433AU). This cost does not include membership or certification (see Certification Costs at the end)


Module 1: Placentophagy: An overview
Module 2: The Placenta Anatomy And Variations
  • Overview of the Placenta
  • Placental Development
  • Functions of the Placenta
  • Placental Variations
Module 3: TCM & The Placenta
  • What do we know about Traditional Chinese Medicine?
  • How do we take a placenta and transform it into medicine?
  • What ancient principles of health and wellness contribute to using the placenta for postpartum recovery?
  • Should we be dehydrating placentas from raw straight into capsules?
Module 4: TCM Principle: Insufficient Lactation
Learn how hormones work to induce and inhibit lactation.
Module 5: TCM Principle: Fatigue
Learn how low blood supply, anaemia and fatigue are linked.
Module 6: Hormones
This module explains the role of hormones in the postpartum period.
  • Overview of the Endocrine System
  • Key hormones in the immediate postpartum period
  • Hormonal functioning in the early weeks postpartum
  • Postnatal mood disorders and the hormonal link
  • Illustrate how the placenta may be useful in postnatal hormone balancing
Module 7: Using Placenta – Practical Considerations
This module will explain PBiU’s best practice for the use of placenta for postpartum recovery.
  • Safe Handling from a Health Perspective
  • Safe Handling from a Food Safety Perspective
  • Preparation Considerations
  • Toxins in Placental Tissue
  • Contraindications for Placentophagy
At the end of module 7, there is a Final Exam that tests your knowledge of all previous modules. You must pass both that module’s review quiz and the Final Exam.
Module 8: Tutorials & Instructions
You need to complete the other modules with a passing grade before enrolling in this one.
Module 8 explains how to prepare a placenta for postpartum recovery and beyond!
  • Encapsulation
  • Artistic Prints
  • Mother’s Broth
  • Tinctures
  • Salves


You have access to each module for two weeks. There is a cost to reinstate you of $20 re-enrollment fee each time they have to extend your access. You should only sign up for a module when you feel you can complete it within the two weeks.


PBi Certification expires each year. Renewal requires extra training and is dependent upon feedback from clients.
PBi Certification Course
  • Free to PBi members (Membership starts at $19 US per month or approx $25 AU per month)
  • $75US to others (approx $101 AU)
 Food Safety Handling Course
  •  Cost is paid to an external site and varies by state/province.  
  • Average cost: $25-$75US (Approx $33AU – $101AU)
  • Must be renewed every 2 years to meet PBi Certification requirements
Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • Cost is paid to an external site
  • $20US (approx $27 AU) online with PBi coupon
Successful Certification will provide the Designation CPES (PBiU) for one year.

Please note:

The information in this article is based on the Placenta Encapsulation Training provider’s websites as of 6th August 2018 and is subject to change. The article gives you an overview of some of the training options available in Australia. Not every training option is listed.
Before enrolling in any course be sure to inquire about the suitability of the course for your personal needs. This may include cost, time-frame, depth of training, and certification/recertification requirements. PSA takes no responsibility for any of the information provided above.
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