International Course Info

Course code:


Course fee:

A$17,000 - A$18,700


1.5 Years


The accredited Diploma of Remedial Massage equips you with the understanding needed to deliver a wide range of massage techniques enabling you to work as a skilled remedial massage therapist in the health and wellness industry.

Learn about myofascial release, trigger point therapy, lymphatic and sports massage technique, and perform and adapt remedial massage treatments. You will also learn how to do musculoskeletal assessments as well as analyse health information for tailored treatments.

TAFE NSW is the leading provider of education and training in Australia, with over 130 years of history. Our courses are designed in close consultation with industry, so you graduate with relevant, up-to-date skills and knowledge.

Work Placement 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 a minimum of 100 clients and is completed through the onsite clinics. If a student is working within the industry they can log a maximum of 50 hours offsite within a clinic setting with the remaining 150 hours to be completed within the onsite clinics.

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

**This qualification is superseded.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**


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

  • Assess health needs and provide remedial massage treatments
  • Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
  • Engage with the health system
  • Provide first aid


Build your experience and get practical skills in:

  • Developing remedial massage practice
  • Analysing and responding to patient health information
  • Assessing individual remedial massage needs
  • Managing work health and safety
  • Engaging with the health system


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

  • Strong communication skills
  • Grow your understanding the concept of therapeutic relationships
  • Good listening skills while asking appropriate questions
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Fundamental marketing and business skills


Remedial massage is a complementary health service that sits beside practices such as aromatherapy, kinesiology, reflexology and shiatsu.

Top priority skills for the sector are teamwork, communication, emotional intelligence, problem solving and self-management.


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 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or equivalent
  • Or Completion of a TAFE NSW General English Program

  • 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, we recommend that you have:

    • The physical ability to stand for long periods of time to give a remedial massage
    • Empathy and a warm personality
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Adequate fitness and the mobility to perform First Aid. For example- CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) requiring 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$17,000
    Port Macquarie Feb A$17,000
    Randwick Feb , Jul A$17,000
    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 offers you a range of on campus study environments you will have access to industry specific computer rooms, simulated work places, study and presentation areas as well as general student facilities to enhance your learning and student experience. You’ll also have access to a purpose built massage therapy clinic equipped to industry standard.

    Be supported during your time with TAFE NSW.

    Student facilities, amenities and support services include:

    • 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 which 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 = 21
    • 16 core units
    • 5 elective units, consisting of at least 1 unit from the Business Management group below and up to 4 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
    • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
    • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
    • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
    • HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice
    • HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs
    • HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
    • HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments
    • HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments
    • HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs
    • HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
    • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
    • BSBSMB403 Market the small business
    • BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
    • BSBSMB405 Monitor and manage small business operations
    • BSBSMB406 Manage small business finances
    • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
    • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
    • CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
    • CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
    • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
    • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
    • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    • CHCPRP002 Collaborate in professional practice
    • HLTARO001 Develop aromatherapy practice
    • HLTARO002 Source and prepare aromatherapy products
    • HLTARO003 Perform aromatherapy health assessments
    • HLTARO004 Provide therapeutic aromatherapy treatments
    • HLTARO005 Provide aromatherapy massage treatments
    • HLTHPS010 Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet
    • HLTMSG007 Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes
    • HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
    • SISFFIT013 Instruct exercise to young people aged 13 to 17 years
    • SISFFIT014 Instruct exercise to older clients
    • SISFFIT031 Implement injury prevention strategies
    • SISSSCO307 Provide nutrition information to athletes
    • SISSSPT301 Conduct advanced taping A
    • SISSSTC301 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques A
    • SISSSTC402 Develop strength and conditioning programs A


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