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1.5 Years


The Diploma of Remedial Massage gives you the skills you need to become a qualified remedial massage therapist. You'll assess and treat clients with musculoskeletal pain and injuries and those who have difficulty moving freely. Understand the difference between remedial and relaxation massage techniques and work with clients with different needs such as disability, pregnancy and those in palliative care.

You'll learn a range of advanced massage techniques in a purpose built massage therapy clinic. Our TAFE NSW onsite clinics are equipped to industry standard to prepare you for a career in the health and wellness industry.

Clinic Work Requirements:

To achieve this qualification, all students must have completed at least 200 hours of clinic work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. This must include the following and is completed through the onsite clinics.40 hours of relaxation massage consultation.

  • 40 hours of relaxation massage consultations
  • 100 hours of massage remedial massage consultations of one hour duration
  • 60 hours of clinic work (for example, cleaning and reception duties)

Students will be required to complete a logbook for a record of their clinic work so they can practise their skills and embed the knowledge they have learned during the course.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Communicate with a culturally diverse group of people
  • Assess clients' suitability for either remedial or relaxation massage therapies
  • Create appropriate massage treatment plans for different client needs
  • Prepare and provide massage treatments, using relaxation techniques and sequences
  • Assess clients with limited musculoskeletal movements
  • Undertake industry research and apply principles of pain neuroscience to assessments and treatments


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Providing remedial massage treatments
  • Assessing and treating clients with specific needs, such as disability and pregnancy
  • Remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • Managing legal and ethical compliance
  • Running a small business


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

  • Time management
  • Effective communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • A desire to help people
  • A hardworking attitude
  • A good work ethic


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Remedial Massage Therapist
  • Remedial Massage Clinic Business Owner


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirements:

English Language Requirements:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

  • TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

    To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

    • The physical strength to give a 60-minute massage
    • Empathy and a warm personality
    • Excellent communication skills
    • The fitness and mobility to deliver First Aid such as performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while kneeling on the floor

    If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

    No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


    From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

    Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Kingscliff Feb A$18,700
    Port Macquarie Feb A$18,700
    Randwick Feb , Jul A$18,700
    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Kingscliff Feb A$18,700
    Port Macquarie Feb A$18,700
    Randwick Feb , Jul A$18,700


    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

    You’ll also have access to a purpose built massage therapy clinic equipped to industry standard.

    We offer a range of support services including: 

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service 
    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) support  
    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling, and Pathways Service  
    • Smarthinking – online access to a tutor 
    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


    To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

    Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

    • Packaging Rules
    • Total number of units = 22
    • 19 core units
    • 3 elective units, consisting of:
    • at least 1 unit from the Business Management group below
    • up to 2 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome. All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.
    • Core Units
    • CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships
    • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
    • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
    • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    • CHCPRP005 - Engage with health professionals and the health system
    • HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
    • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
    • HLTAID011 - Provide first aid
    • HLTINF004 - Manage the prevention and control of infection
    • HLTSHU001 - Work within a framework of traditional oriental medicine
    • HLTSHU002 - Develop Shiatsu practice
    • HLTSHU003 - Maintain personal health and awareness for traditional oriental medicine practice
    • HLTSHU004 - Perform Shiatsu therapy health assessments
    • HLTSHU005 - Perform oriental therapies health assessments
    • HLTSHU006 - Provide Shiatsu therapy treatments
    • HLTSHU007 - Provide oriental therapies treatments
    • HLTSHU008 - Adapt Shiatsu and oriental therapies practice to meet specific needs
    • HLTSHU009 - Monitor and evaluate traditional oriental medicine treatments
    • HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
    • CHCCCS001 - Address the needs of people with chronic disease
    • HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid
    • HLTMSG018 - Adapt massage practice for athletes


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