The training course at GIP develops trainee’s fundamental knowledge to create and evaluate fragrances by linking tradition and modern techniques through the following steps:
- Know the raw materials and how to use them correctly, in particular, natural materials for which Grasse has long been renowned for.
- Learn the language of perfumery and to know how to classify and recognise the major fragrance groups
- Discover and know how to create accords, the essence of the art of composition.
- Train in the subtle art of blending.
Other disciplines fundamental to the creative perfumers and evaluators job are also covered. Included in the curriculum are : international regulations of fragrances and cosmetic products, analysis techniques (gas chromatography and mass spectrometry) and toiletries applications (shampoos, shower gels, creams, etc).
The course lasts for nine months, from February to June and from September to December. There are 972 hours of training in English, of which 324 are given by accredited creative perfumers or technical experts. The remaining 648 hours are spent doing supervised practical work and visiting factories, laboratories and growers (jasmine, roses, lavender, mimosas, etc).
The course issues a certificate of “International technical degree in fragrance creation and sensory evaluation” to people who successfully complete the exam.
It costs 12 900 euros. There are 12 places in this course for students chosen for their creativity and olfactory talent (the selection process last from 1 January to 31 July).