Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

This qualification covers workers who 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.

The intent and application of this qualification is defined within the content of the units themselves. RTOs should examine this content when determining the appropriateness of this qualification. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

Massage therapist

Massage therapy practitioner

Assistant massage therapist



15 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

15 core units, comprising 10 common units and 5 specialisation units

Core units

Common units

add topic BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others

add topic HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status

add topic HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients

add topic HLTCOM405C Administer a practice

add topic HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate

add topic HLTCOM408C Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively

add topic HLTFA301C Apply first aid

add topic HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes

Specialisation units

add topic HLTREM401C Work within a massage framework

add topic HLTREM406C Provide massage treatment

add topic HLTREM407C Plan massage treatment

add topic HLTREM408C Apply massage assessment framework

add topic HLTREM409C Perform massage health assessment

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries