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Course Overview

Course Type:
Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
On Campus

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Course Duration:
18 months
Commencing in:
  • 2023

No upcoming intakes for this course this year.
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About this course

This diploma qualification reflects the role of a Remedial Massage Therapist (RMT) who works with clients and patients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance and or restrictions in range of motion (ROM) and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. RMT Practitioners may either be self-employed or work within a larger health service along side other allied health practitioners and or sporting clubs.
To achieve this diploma qualification, the student will complete a minimum of 200 practical massage hours demonstrating the full practical skill set learnt within the class room, students will also log these 200 massage practical hours of work within an assessment logbook linked to several units.

If you’re looking to turn your love of massage into a thriving career, then a Diploma of Remedial Massage from TAFE Gippsland will give you the specialist skills and knowledge you need!
As a remedial massage therapist, you’ll work with clients who suffer from soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance, or restrictions in their range of motion.
You’ll learn what it takes to become a self-employed massage therapist or focus your skills within a larger healthcare provider where you will assess and treat a wide range of patients.
Taught on-campus for 18 months, you’ll study a mix of theory classes and clinical practice. These hands-on and immersive clinical classes will help you gain real-world experience and prepare you for employment, as you practice your new skills on other students and members of the public.
Not only that, our industry professionals will take you one step further as you learn what it takes to manage your own massage practice, if that’s a path you choose.

Career Opportunities

After completing the Diploma, the student may be able to work independently, either for themselves or in a health team environment. They will have the ability to have health rebate for private health providers, work in conjunction with other health care professionals and work within the WorkCover sector and TAC clients.
You might even like to take your studies further by going to university and studying a degree in Myotherapy, Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, or Osteotherapy. And you can rest easy knowing we’ll be here to help you with all of those decisions if and when the time comes, because we know they’re not always easy!

Opportunities for Further Study

Students may look at further options at a University level, Myotherapy, Occupational therapy, Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapy and Osteotherapy.

Skills or Knowledge gained

Students who enrol into the diploma will have gained knowledge of anatomy and physiology and have the underpinning knowledge of how to orthopedically assess a client, conduct a range of movement assessments, treat a majority of musculoskeletal conditions, have the ability to create ongoing treatment plans, provide referrals to other health professionals and know how to work in a business setting whether self employed or in a health team environment.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Must have a current Working with Children Check and Police Check (without disclosures)

Recommended entry Requirements:

Minimum 18 years of age
This is due to the practical component of the course and massage practise on other students and members of the public.

Limitations to course 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.

Minimum Industry Requirement

  • Working with children check
  • Police check

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2023

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Remedial Massage.

Work Placement - 2023

Does this course require placement?: Yes

Students are to undertake a minimum of 150 supervised hours of practical assessment, this is undertaken on campus under the supervision of the teacher in both a learning environment and also a simulated remedial massage clinic set-up with 50+ hours allowed for non-supervised hours to equal a total of 200 hours.

Placement to be arranged by: Institute

Further Information - 2023


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $11,812.10 $21,949.35
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $260.40 $260.40
Total $12,072.50 $22,209.75
VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $16,788.00 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Sample course units

BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
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
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTAID011 Provide first aid
HLTARO001 Develop aromatherapy practice
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 treatments to meet specific needs
HLTMSG007 Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes
HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.