HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy

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At a Glance

Duration6 months full-time
Part-time available for Domestic students
Study ModeBlended
Combines eLearning & on-campus learning
Campus LocationHaymarket, Sydney
On-Campus Learning2-3 days a week on-campus training.
Award AbbreviationCertIVMassTherpy
Upcoming IntakesEach February, April, July and September (the HLT42015 must teach out in 2024 and SITCM will apply for regulatory approval to deliver the new HLT42021 qualification).

The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM) has been producing industry-ready health practitioners since 1984. For many years, we have been promoting the growth and development of Remedial Massage within our community and the Australian healthcare system by providing accredited courses of the highest standards.

This page contains key information about the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy, including delivery, assessment, modules and entry requirements.

For further details on this course, including current tuition fees, please see the Student Prospectus.

Course Overview

This qualification is suitable for students who wish to work as a professional massage therapist in Australia. It provides students with skills in therapeutic relaxation massage as well as basic health assessment. It does not reflect the role of a remedial massage therapist.

Students who complete this course may decide to undertake further studies in the area of remedial massage such as the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage, or Chinese medicine such as the HLT52115 Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage.


Our course offers a dynamic and interactive learning experience through a blended approach. It combines the flexibility of self-paced eLearning with hands-on training on campus. Typically, our students engage in two to three days of on-campus learning each week, complemented by eLearning theory sessions via our Learning Management System.

Each week, one to two of these on-campus days is dedicated to hands-on skill development in remedial massage. During these sessions, students practice remedial massage techniques, actively engage in scenario-based simulations, and participate in discussions, all under the guidance of experienced trainers. These activities are designed to enhance clinical problem-solving skills and provide practical experience in the delivery of massage techniques. This day also offers an opportunity for students to discuss their assessments and receive feedback from our trainers.

The other on-campus day focuses on practical, real-world experiences in our SITCM Student Clinic. Here, students apply their skills by treating clients, gaining invaluable hands-on experience under the supervision of clinical supervisors.

Throughout the self-paced eLearning phase, students have continuous access to dedicated trainers. These trainers are available online to answer questions, clarify concepts, and provide support.


Assessment tasks include written tasks, demonstrations, group assignments and role plays.

Students must also spend a minimum of 90 hours in SITCM’s Teaching Clinic, where they will complete a minimum of 44 client massage therapy treatments. They will be observed and assessed by clinic supervisors, to ensure that they are able to successfully integrate the knowledge and skills required for actual clinical massage activities.



Unit CodeTitle
CHCCOM006Establish and manage client relationships
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
BSBSMB404Undertake small business planning
HLTAID003Provide first aid*
HLTAAP002Confirm physical health status
HLTAAP003Analyse and respond to client health information
HLTMSG001Develop massage practice
HLTMSG002Assess client massage needs
HLTREF002Provide reflexology for relaxation
HLTMSG004Provide massage treatments
HLTINF004Manage the prevention and control of infection
HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied; and
  • Either provide a copy of their Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate) or overseas equivalent*; or
  • Provide a copy of an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Certificate IV or higher qualification; or
  • Complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test and be assessed as competent at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

*The NSW Department of Education should be contacted to determine the equivalency of overseas secondary qualifications before lodging an application.

International applicants must also have an IELTS score of 6.0 or above (or equivalent) and must provide documentation to that effect.