Certificate IV in Massage Therapy HLT 42015

This course prepares students for working as a basic level massage therapist in a range of contexts such as

  • within a clinic or in their own clinic
  • in an aged care facility
  • in a health service
  • in a spa facility or
  • in a palliative care facility or hospital

Duration: The duration of this course is 6 months

Delivery Site: Suite 2B, Level 2, 2 Oxford Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565

Delivery Method

The course will be delivered in a face-to-face class-based model where students are required to attend regular classes as well as complete study, reading and practical tasks as homework. The practical component of the course will be completed in the on campus student clinic, however some students with a suitable workplace may complete a portion of the clinic hours at their workplace clinic. During clinic sessions students get hands-on practical experience in a supervised environment that is open to the public and supervised by an experienced and qualified trainer who is also a registered massage therapist.

What further career and study pathways will this course open up for me?

Students who complete this course can expect to gain work in a variety of contexts where position titles may include:

  • Massage therapist
  • Assistant massage therapist
  • Massage therapy practitioner

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into such courses such as Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy (available through Sydney College of Natural Therapy), Advanced Diploma of Applied Science or Diploma of Health Sciences (available through other RTOs).

Students may also go on to develop their skills and knowledge in other complementary health modalities in particular areas covered in the course, relating to areas such as reflexology, aromatherapy or other areas of health care and complementary health services such as:

  • Acupuncture
  • Alexander Technique
  • Chinese Medicine
  • Naturopathic Nutrition
  • Homeopathy
  • Kinesiology
  • Myotherapy
  • Shiatsu
  • Sports Therapy
  • Western Herbal Medicine

Are there any pre-requisites?

There are no pre-requisites for this program or for any of the units of competency contained within.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to enrol in this course you must:

  • demonstrate a level of language, learning and numeracy skills suitable to this course *
  • be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrolment

*  In order to meet these requirements applicants will be asked to attend an entry interview where they will: 

Take a written or verbal assessment of their language, learning and numeracy levels. In order to enrol in this course ACSF outcomes determined from this assessment must meet the following minimum requirements:

    • Oral communication: Level 4
    • Learning: Level 3
    • Writing: Level 3
    • Reading: Level 3
    • Numeracy: Level 3

What topics will be covered?

Students will take part in a total of 9 topics.  Topics may consist of one or more nationally recognised units of competency which are grouped together to avoid repetition and ensure a logical progression to the course.  There are 13 units of competency to be completed in total.


Unit of competency

Massage Practice HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice
Safety and Hygiene HLTINF004 Manage the control of infection
  HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Legislation and Ethics CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
Diversity CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
First Aid HLTAID003 Provide first aid *         
Business Planning BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning
Massage Treatment HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs
  HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments
  CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  BSBMED303 Maintain patient records
Anatomy & Physiology 1 HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
 Anatomy & Physiology 2 HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information

* The HLTAID003 Provide First Aid unit is NOT delivered by Sydney College of Natural Therapy. Students must organise the completion of this unit via an external provider.

Student Clinic 

This course includes a workplace component – the workplace environment is referred to as a ‘clinic’ and may relate to:

  • an actual massage clinic in which the student completes their work placement
  • a student clinic (that is, a simulated clinic environment).

The student clinic has been setup with facilities and equipment designed to reflect a real world massage clinic in the health industry. During student clinic sessions students will provide massage treatment and related services to members of the general public.   While working in the student clinic, students will be closely supervised by an RTO trainer and assessor who is also a qualified and practicing professional massage therapist.

Assessment Arrangements

For each topic there are a number of tasks which include a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Written questioning  
  • Observations
  • Case Studies
  • Portfolios
  • Role Plays
  • Supervisor Report
  • Projects

Some tasks may be started or completed in class or clinic time as will be explained at the commencement of each new topic/unit. The assessor may instruct students to finish tasks off as homework where time permits.

Qualifications will only be issued where all assessment requirements are met satisfactorily to the required standard (up to three attempts are included for each task).


A credit is formal recognition of the previous studies you have completed for the purpose of reducing the units or modules that you are required to complete in the course you are enrolled in with us.

Sydney College of Natural Therapy can grant you credit towards your course for units of competency or modules that you have already completed with another RTO or authorised issuing organisation. We can also grant you Credit for subjects or units you have completed where equivalence can be established between the unit/ module in your course, and the subject or unit you have completed

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available and all students are offered the opportunity to participate in RPL upon enrolment. Recognition of Prior Learning is recommended as an option where individuals have been working in a relevant job role for at least 2 years.

The cost of RPL is:

  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • $250 per unit of competency completed via recognition of prior learning

This is a total of $3,450 if the whole course is complete through RPL.

Where gap training needs are identified to complete the qualification, course fees will be charges on a pro-rata per unit basis ($310 per unit completed via training and assessment).

What is the cost of the course?

  • The total cost of all tuition and materials for this course is $4,000 (Exc. enrolment fee and student kit fee)
  • Prior to Course commencement: Non-refundable enrolment fee of $150
  • Prior to Course commencement: Non-refundable Student Kit: $200

No GST applies to nationally recognised training.

How do I apply?

Please fill out all sections of the Student Enrolment Form and return it to:

Post:     PO Box 953 Ingleburn NSW 1890

Email:   admin@scnt.edu.au

If you would like to discuss this course and/or your suitability in more detail, please call us for a confidential discussion on 02 9829 6047

Once we receive your completed form we will contact you to discuss your suitability for this course and/or arrange for you to meet with us to conduct your entry interview.    

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