Massage Certificate

HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

Healing touch is one of the oldest, most instinctual and powerful methods of caring available for human beings. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure or moving on muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet.

This nationally recognized course provides the required knowledge and skills for those intending to work as basic level massage therapists. It provides skills in therapeutic relaxation massage including basic health assessment and treatment.

Please click here to access a summary sheet on the benefit of studying massage at AIHM.

Satisfactory completion of this qualification meets the pre- requisite entry requirement in to the Diploma of Remedial Massage qualification.

Massage techniques covered in the course include

  • passive joint movement
  • passive soft tissue movement
  • gliding techniques
  • longitudinal stroking
  • kneading
  • friction
  • compressive techniques
  • petrissage
  • temperature therapy
  • stretching techniques.

In addition to massage techniques many other subject areas related to practice as massage therapists are also covered.

Clinical training

Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised clinical training. These clinical sessions are conducted and supervised by qualified practitioners at the student clinic on campus as a part of training and assessment.
During this course students can choose either the Homoeopathy or Massage stream as their elective units in addition to other core and specialised units offered in the course.

Financial assistance

This course has also been approved for Austudy/ Abstudy assistance for eligible domestic students.

Industry recognition and licensing requirements

Upon completion of the course graduates may be eligible to apply for the membership of professional membership organisations that represent massage therapists. However Industry association may require additional information and conditions for membership and the requirements may change periodically. As such prospective students are encouraged to contact the relevant professional bodies for current membership requirements. Currently there are no licensing requirements to practice massage therapy in Australia.

Career prospects

Graduates completing this course may work as massage therapists within a clinic or in their own clinic, in an aged care facility, a health service, a spa facility or a palliative care facility or hospital.

Occupational titles for this qualification:
  • Massage therapist
  • Massage therapy practitioner
  • Assistant massage therapist.


Entry requirements

Senior Secondary Education Certificate or equivalent. Mature age students without this qualification may also apply provided they demonstrate required literacy and numeracy skills.

Further Study pathway

Students who have completed Certificate IV in Massage Therapy meet the required pre-requisite to enrol in the Diploma in Remedial Massage .

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CRICOS Course Code
Australian Institute of Higher and Further Education
Pty Ltd T/A Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine
RTO No: 40977