Course Type:
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Study Mode:
On Campus
18 Months
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Course Overview

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 - what could be more exciting than that?!

Taught on-campus for 12 months, you’ll study a mix of theoretical 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.

Once you complete the Diploma of Remedial Massage, the employment opportunities are massive. You’ll be able to work independently, either for yourself or in a health team environment, as well as in conjunction with other health care professionals and work within the WorkCover sector and with 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!

Go on, open new and exciting pathways with a Diploma of Remedial Massage and help set yourself up for a rewarding and successful career in this thriving and exciting 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 Diploma of Remedial Massage.

Career Opportunities

After completing this diploma, the student will 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.

Opportunities for Further Study

Students may look at further options at a University level, Myotherapy, Kinesiology, Physiotherapy, Osteotherapy.

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Must have a current Working with Children Check and a clear Police check

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 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.

Covid–19 Vaccination
All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with TAFE Gippsland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Exceptions apply for valid medical reasons and students studying secondary school subjects.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

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


Course Cost

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 $15,793 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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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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 is arranged by: Institute

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

Course Modules

Course units
HLTARO001 Develop aromatherapy practice
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
HLTMSG007 Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes
HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs
HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments
HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments
HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs
HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety


Practical assessments, written assessments, assignments