National code: HLT42021

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

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Overview About this course

Get your start as a massage therapist in the booming health and wellness 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.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply knowledge of 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.

  • 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.

Completion requirements

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

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC) may be required to complete your course requirements at a TAFE NSW clinic


  • Trainees must be able to attend campus to complete their clinical practice

Entry recommendations

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

  • Empathy and a warm personality

  • A genuine interest in health and human physiology

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 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.

  • Confirm physical health status HLTAAP002

  • Establish and manage client relationships CHCCOM006

  • Manage the prevention and control of infection HLTINF004

  • Apply relaxation massage clinical practice HLTMSG012

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

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • 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

Info sessions Want to know more?

There are a total of 2 information sessions planned for this course. They'll take place at different locations across the state.

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