National code: HLT42015

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

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Overview About this course

Make your mark as a massage therapist in Australia’s thriving health sector. You’ll learn a wide range of practical massage techniques and develop your ability to assess client needs, provide massage treatments and manage client relationships.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Apply anatomy for massage
    Apply massage techniques for relaxation and healing
    Communicate with other healthcare professionals and clients
    Apply essential business skills needed to start your own massage practice

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A First Aid certificate
    80 hours of clinical practice treating 40 clients at the public massage clinic run at the campus and supervised by your teachers
    Customer facing interactions requiring conducting a consult
    The ability to provide treatment direction and planning
    The ability to practice as a massage therapist independently, join massage associations and get public liability and professional negligence insurance
    A pathway to further study in a range of other health-related qualifications

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC), which you need to complete your course requirements at a TAFE NSW clinic

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • The physical stamina to stand for a long period of time to give a massage
    Empathy and a warm personality
    Excellent communication skills
    The fitness and mobility to deliver first aid such as performing CPR while kneeling on the floor

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: massage therapist.


Although a licence is not compulsory to work in the massage therapy industry, some massage associations like the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) will require all practitioners and student members to have a National Police Check. Please check your state or territory association for any other requirements.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 units of competency, including 10 core and 3 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Establish and manage client relationships CHCCOM006

  • Develop massage practice HLTMSG001

  • Confirm physical health status HLTAAP002

  • Assess client massage needs HLTMSG002

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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