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Course Description

National Qualification Code: HLT42015 

The Certificate IV in Massage Therapy is designed for people wanting to become a Massage Therapist. In this role, you provide general health maintenance treatments. Massage therapists may be self-employed or work within a larger health service or related beauty salon or clinical setting.


This course is a blend of theory and hands-on practice in general health maintenance massage treatments plus reflexology and aromatherapy massage. The clinical practice will provide solid foundation for employment in massage services. 

Entry Requirements

There is no entry requirements for this qualifications


Graduate Career Path

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Massage Therapist

  • Massage Therapy Practitioner

Upcoming Intake Dates

  • N/A


The course duration: 3 terms; 9 weeks per term

Course Delivery

The course is 3 terms for 27 weeks. The course is planned and timetabled for 20 hours per week. You attend the course 2.5 hours per week. Students are booked into our clinic according to our roster, which is outside your timetabled class times. Clinic hours generally fit into this timetable but additional booked hours may be necessary as the course progresses.

Classroom learning - There is 16 hours (2 days) face-to-face learning in the classroom per week. Classroom learning includes lectures supported by presentations plus visual topic content, with practice time and group and oral work. Your materials are provided either in print or digital copy that can be accessed as part of the course. There is an extra cost for the textbook, please refer to the fees table.

Tutorial learning - There is 4 hours (a 1/2 day) face-to-face learning in the tutorial per week.

Clinic Practicum - You complete massage treatments with clients under supervision at college in the massage clinic practice rooms. Clinic hours and treatments are arranged with you and you will receive the support of the trainer and the co-ordinator to ensure this is a planned and rewarding experience. Clinic hours are logged and recorded as part of your learning and assessment.


Students are required to complete a range of tasks as part of the assessment requirements for each unit. To perform at your best, you will probably need to work on the assessments outside of class time. Assessments methods may include:

  • Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in the simulated massage clinic environment 

  • Knowledge based tests which contain written short answer questions

  • Projects for you to investigate and complete in your own time

  • Logbook evidence recording the massage treatments and clients you have worked with in clinic

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

AMBI recognises certificates and statement of attainment issued by other registered training organisation and the skills and knowledge that students may have gained through any previous studies and at workplace and life experiences. RPL and credit transfer can be applied for at the time of enrolment or during orientation. A fee is payable for assessing your RPL status.  


Course Completion

Upon successful completion of all the required units of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification in HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Students who do not complete all required units may be eligible for a Statement of Attainment in partial completion of a HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy.


Massage Therapy graduates can move on to further study at AMBI to the Diploma of Remedial Massage. 

For the latest updates, more information, course locations, and upcoming intake dates, contact us via email at or call us at (02) 8076 2248.


Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. It contains 13 units of competency (10 core and 3 electives) and is delivered in the following terms:

Unit Code              Unit Name

Core Units

HLTAAP002            Confirm physical health status 

CHCCOM006         Establish and manage client relationships

HLTMSG002           Assess client massage needs

HLTMSG004           Provide massage treatments

HLTINF004             Manage the prevention and control of infection

HLTWHS004           Manage work health and safety

HLTAID003             Provide first aid

CHCDIV001           Work with diverse people

CHCLEG003          Manage legal and ethical compliance

HLTMSG001           Develop massage practice

Elective Units

SHBBBOS004        Provide aromatherapy massage 

BSBSMB404          Undertake small business planning

HLTREF002            Provide reflexology for relaxation

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