Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

National Code: HLT42015
TAFE SA Code: TP00844


Start your career in massage therapy with this entry level course. Learn a range of skills and knowledge to provide your client’s with therapeutic massage or relaxation massage to alleviate muscular tension, assist with common musculoskeletal disorders, increase joint movement and for relaxation purposes to manage stress and improve sleep, health and wellbeing.

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Up to 9 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Total Fees for the 9 month course
Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $143.00 for Uniform - polo shirt and complementary therapies kit.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Students are required to be involved in the TAFE SA Complementary Therapy clinic and will be required to provide a copy of a current Child Related Employment screening.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification covers work as basic level massage therapists. It provides skills in therapeutic relaxation massage including basic health assessment and treatment and may be used by people working:
    - 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

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (HLT42015)
    This course provides skills and knowledge in client relationships, working with diverse people, first aid, infection prevention and control, massage practice and treatments and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 3 elective units plus you must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess client massage needs 150
    Confirm physical health status 90
    Develop massage practice 40
    Establish and manage client relationships 35
    Manage legal and ethical compliance 80
    Manage the prevention and control of infection 50
    Manage work health and safety 40
    Provide first aid 18
    Provide massage treatments 150
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Engage with health professionals and the health system 40
    Provide reflexology for relaxation 60
    Undertake small business planning 50
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences
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