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.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Anatomy for massage
Massage techniques for relaxation and healing
Communicate with other healthcare professionals and clients
Essential business skills needed to start your own massage practice
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
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.
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.
Current vaccinations, including COVID-19, which you may need if you practise in a NSW Health facility as this is a public health mandate
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.
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.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy does not have any related courses.
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.
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.
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
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