Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT 52015

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

  • within a clinic in the health/natural therapy services industry
  • in their own clinic or mobile clinic (within their own practice)
  • in a sports therapy or physical therapy center
  • for a sports team or club
  • in an aged care facility
  • in a health service
  • in a spa facility or beauty therapy setting or holiday/retreat center such as a resort center.
  • in a palliative care facility or hospital

Duration: The duration of the course is 12 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
  • Remedial massage therapist
  • Complementary health clinic director

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into such courses such as Advanced Diploma of Applied Science or a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences – however these courses are not available through Sydney College of Natural Therapy.

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

Will my qualification be recognized?

This course meets the minimum requirements of many health funds in Australia. Meaning that therapists who complete this course and also have current professional membership with an approved peak body may provide private health insurance rebates to their clients.

Graduates may choose to apply for the professional association of their choice, however this course will be approved by Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). This recognition will ensure that graduates of this course can more easily apply for their full membership with ATMS.

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 does the course cover?

Students will take part in a total of 14 topics.  Topics may consist of one or more nationally recognized units of competency which are grouped together to avoid repetition and ensure a logical progression to the course.  There are 21 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
Remedial Massage HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments
  HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs  
  HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
Reflexology HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation
Aromatherapy HLTARO001 Develop aromatherapy practice
Health Professionals CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
Professional Practice CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

* 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.

How will the training and assessment be delivered?

Student attendance will be required on campus for two days of the week according to the timetable for the upcoming period.  

Student clinic begins during the second term, meaning in the first term of study students have more time in class, however students are required to spend the same number of hours each week of the course in attendance of classes and clinic. 

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 that include a variety of assessment methods including:

  • Written questioning
  • Case studies
  • Role plays
  • Projects
  • Observations
  • Portfolios
  • Supervisor report

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 authorized issuing organization. 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 $5,450  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 and the Payment Plan?

  • The total cost of tuition for this course is $7,000 (Exc. enrolment fee and student kit fee).

Sydney College of Natural Therapy does not require a student to ever pay more than $1500 in advance for services not yet provided, either prior to course commencement or at any stage during their course. Fees will be paid off during the course in instalments according to a set payment plan.

            $1500 x 4 Every beginning of the term

            > $1000 At the conclusion of the course

  • Prior to Course commencement: Non-refundable enrolment fee of $150
  • Prior to Course commencement: Non-refundable Student Kit: $200

No GST applies to nationally recognized 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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