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Study Mode:
On Campus
12 months
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Course Overview

Why not turn your passion for massage into a fulfilling and exciting career with a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice!

In this course, you’ll learn the safest and most effective methods of full body massage, whether that’s for relaxation, sports, massage for special needs, rehabilitation or stretching.

You’ll also learn specific treatments for muscular pain that you can take into your own practice or in a supervised massage clinic.

Not only that, our industry professionals will take you one step further as you learn what it takes to manage your own massage practice.

And when you finish this course, you’ll have so many employment options open to you. You could find yourself working in conjunction with other industry professionals to offer specialised massage support, or, you could even be your own boss!

What’s even better than that, is if you wanted to take your studies further by completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage, you’ll be able to do it in a shorter timeframe thanks to 13 units of credit you’ll get from the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice – how good!

So, why not start an exciting career as a massage therapist today by studying at TAFE Gippsland and help set yourself up for a rewarding career in an ever-changing industry.

Please note, students must be 18 years of age and have a Current Working with Children's Check and Police Check to undertake this course.


Term 1 - face to face classes Monday, Wednesday,  9:00am to 3:00pm. Online day Fridays
Term 2 - face to face classes Monday, Wednesday,  9:00am to 3:00pm. Online day Fridays
Term 3 - face to face classes Monday, Wednesday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Term 4 - face to face classes Wednesday,  9:00am to 3:00pm, then Monday massage clinic 8:30am to 3:30pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice.

Career Opportunities

A Massage Therapist (MT) may be self-employed or work within a larger health service organisation along side other heath professionals. They would have a limited ability to have health rebate for health providers and work in conjunction with other health care professionals. They will have the ability to upskill and complete the Diploma of Remedial massage in a shortened time frame due to credit transfers of 13 units into the course. This Certificate IV qualification reflects the role of Massage Therapists (MT) who would provide general health maintenance treatments referring to the musculoskeletal system. It does not reflect the role of a Remedial Massage Therapist

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Current Working with Children's Check and Police Check

Recommended entry requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age due to the practical component of the course where students learn to massage treating other students within the course and the public.

Limitations to entry

  • Physical health is required as this job is highly demanding on the body. You will be required to stand on your feet for upwards of 8hrs a day while treating in the simulated student clinic and in industry. Student must be able to hold ^5kgs, bend knees, kneel on the ground for lengths of time to conduct CPR.

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer and a reliable internet connection


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Student Massage Clinic runs on TAFE Gippsland Traralgon Campus to the public, running one day a week for eight weeks
Placement is arranged by: Institute

To attend placement or be in the workplace, students may be required to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by public health orders. Further information can be found here.

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments
HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs
HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice
HLTARO001 Develop aromatherapy practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection


Practical assessments, written assessments, assignments