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HLT42015

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

Open up a career in massage therapy with this hands-on course and get the skills you need to work as a qualified massage therapist.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Ipswich Start date: 23 Jan 2023
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Darling Downs and South West Wide Bay Burnett
WAYS TO STUDY On campus
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$2,910
Subsidised
$3,955
Full Fee
$7,450
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Course overview

Launch your career in massage therapy with this entry-level course. This qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to start your career as a qualified massage therapist.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, there is very strong future growth predicted for people working as massage therapists. They anticipate there will be over 15,000 job openings in this field over the next five years. 

In this practical course you'll learn how to establish and manage professional relationships with clients, determine massage treatment options, and provide massage treatments using a range of techniques. You'll also cover essential industry skills including providing first aid and managing workplace health and safety. 

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a massage therapist. You'll also have the foundation knowledge required to continue with further studies in this field. 

What can I do?

  • Massage Therapist

Course outcome:

HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

Industry-embedded teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are still heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

Learning support

We have numerous support services if you need an extra hand. The Learning Skills Centre, located in most campus libraries, is a drop-in service staffed by experienced teachers who can help with basic and complex skills. Studiosity is an online after hours tutoring service focusing on writing, research and referencing, as well as subject-specific questions.​

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 3 elective units from the list below. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCOM006
    Establish and manage client relationships
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCOM006
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge to establish and manage professional on-to-one relationships with clients in the context of providing an ongoing health service or intervention.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish and manage client relationships

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCLEG003
    Manage legal and ethical compliance
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCLEG003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research information about compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage legal and ethical compliance

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAAP002
    Confirm physical health status
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAAP002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to obtain and interpret information about client health status and to check a client's physical health. It requires a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Confirm physical health status

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTAID011
    Provide First Aid
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTAID011
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a casualty in line with first aid guidelines determined by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) and other Australian national peak clinical bodies. The unit applies to all persons who may be required to provide a first aid response in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide First Aid

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTINF004
    Manage the prevention and control of infection
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTINF004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop, implement and monitor infection prevention and control systems and procedures in work contexts where health and personal care services are provided.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage the prevention and control of infection

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTMSG001
    Develop massage practice
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTMSG001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the foundations of massage practice, evaluate what makes a sustainable practice and then to develop an approach to own practice.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop massage practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTMSG002
    Assess client massage needs
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTMSG002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to gather client information, make a physical assessment of the body and determine massage treatment options.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Assess client massage needs

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTMSG004
    Provide massage treatments
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTMSG004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and provide massage treatments using a defined range of techniques and sequences.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide massage treatments

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS004
    Manage work health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage work health and safety

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ipswich
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450
Ipswich
17 Apr 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450
Ipswich
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450
Toowoomba
17 Apr 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450
Toowoomba
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Part time 2 nights per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Hervey Bay
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Part time 1 day per week
Tuesday
Classroom
  • Concession: $2,910
  • Subsidised: $3,955
  • Full fee: $7,450

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Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (HLT42015)

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Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

COURSE CODE: HLT42015
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

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Selection criteria

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication, however you need to have sound literacy and numeracy skills and a proficient level of English.

Resources required

You will need to provide the following items for your personal use during the learning periods:

  • A black polo shirt will be required when we deliver our clinic period
  • Shorts, knee length skirt or long pants (black preferable due to oil spillage)
  • Closed-in shoes (no thongs, open sandals or bare feet allowed) – sneakers preferred
  • Suitable/comfortable clothing for massage practice (as a client)
  • 2 large bath sheet sized towels, solid colours
  • 2 normal bath size towels
  • 1 or 2 hand towel sized
  • 1 face-washer sized (optional)
  • Massage oil dispenser bottle, plastic pump type, 500ml or smaller
  • Writing materials
  • USB key

Access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online systems, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at a number of TAFE Queensland locations.

There are no required texts for this course, however the following book is highly recommended:  

Title: Muscle Manual Textbook
By Dr Nikita Vizniak
Publisher: Prohealthsys
ISBN: 9780973274226

Need to know

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
While TAFE Queensland will make every effort to minimise disruption to study, the current COVID-19 pandemic situation may cause delays with completion of this course.

If a you have a criminal record, or are not eligible to hold a blue card, this will not preclude enrolment at TAFE Queensland. However, it will preclude membership into industry associations and subsequently holding professional indemnity or public liability insurance.

Blue Card
To successfully satisfy all course requirements you will be required to apply for a Blue Card (working with children check). Learn More

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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