Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

CRICOS Code: 092419M
National Code: HLT42015


Start your career in massage therapy with this entry level course. Learn a range of skills and knowledge to provide your clients 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. It does not reflect the role of a remedial massage therapist. Practitioners may be self-employed or work within a larger health service.

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Course Admission Requirements
(for International Applications)

  • Academic IELTS score of 5.5 Overall with minimum of 5.0 in all bands or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory completion of Year 11 or overseas equivalent.

Work Placement Duration:   80 hours

The work placement for this course will be a combination of campus clinic placement and negotiated field placements/events. Students undertake 2 x 4 hour sessions per week for a total of 80 hours, commencing in the 2nd term (or whenever they start) of their course. Prior to work placement or working in the on-campus clinic, international students will be required to have the required vaccinations (including COVID-19), and apply for and successfully receive a National Police Clearance and the following South Australian Department of Human Services Screenings: working with children.

Course Notes

  • Students undertaking the 18 month package of the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and the Diploma of Remedial Massage will, during the 2nd semester of the package, study both qualifications for one term (Term 3). More details will be provided in the offer letter and upon commencement.
  • The Certificate IV and Diploma are expected to be superseded soon and new versions will be available for either Semester 2, 2023 or Semester 1, 2024, subject to approval. This update to the courses may affect the course/package duration and fees. More details will be provided when known.


These course fees are for international students only.

Tuition Fees
Incidental Fees*
Semester 1
AUD $4205
AUD $60*
Semester 2
AUD $4205
Fee Totals
AUD $8410
AUD $60*
Total Course Cost
AUD $8470

* International students will be required to pay for their own vaccinations, screenings and checks.

Note: TAFE SA course fees are subject to regular increases and are reviewed annually. As such, the course fees for 2023 have increased and are published on this site. TAFE SA accepts applications for courses commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

Overseas Students Health Cover

All overseas students are required to have Overseas Students Health Cover (OSHC) insurance for the entire duration of the course. The health cover rate will vary depending on the personal circumstances and duration of stay in Australia. Read more about Overseas Students Health Cover.

  • 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.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 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

    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

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