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HLT42015 Certificate IV In Massage Therapy


ideal start for a career in massage

Are you interested in learning massage? Well, with Q Academy's HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy, we can help you achieve this! The course provides individuals with the basic theoretical and practical knowledge underpinning the discipline of massage. It is the entry-level course into the massage therapy industry. 

Practical Massage Skills you will learn in this course:                                                                  
  • Swedish Massage 
  • Thai Massage 
  • Sports Massage 
  • Reflexology
  • Seated Massage 
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Special Needs Massage          
  • Thermotherapy 


This means that while individuals will gain valuable skills and knowledge, for those who are wishing to develop a long-standing career in massage- they will need to undertake further study. Currently, most employers require the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage as the minimum qualification. This is so that clients can receive healthcare provider rebates, as well as increased treatment options. 

In this course, students will learn how to treat the soft tissue of the body, to assist clients achieve improved circulation, pain relief, reduced stress and anxiety, assisted recovery from injury, aided sleep and relaxation, and enhanced flexibility. As massage can have an enormous positive impact on a person's musculoskeletal health and general well-being; therapists can take pride in being able to help others achieve these results. 



Course Length

Full-Time (Day): 1 Term (18 Weeks*)
Workload = 3 days/week (2 days On-Campus + 2 Online Lecture per week)

Part-Time (Night): 2 Terms (37 weeks*)
3 nights On-Campus + 1 Online Lecture per week

Part-Time (GC): 2 Terms (37 weeks*)
1 evening + 1 weekend day On-Campus per week

* Subject to the availability of clinic supervisors

Entry Requirements

Personal laptop for in-class learning. A sound understanding of written and spoken English is required. Students should have an interest in the functionality of the human body as well as the health and well-being of others.

Payment Options

VET Student Loan not available.

Self Fund and pay On-Time by Term and save $666 off the $4,330 Standard Fee to only pay $3,664

Pay The Standard Fee of $4,330 by half Term ( 2 x $2,165)

Compliance & Associations

Q Academy's HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy is recognised by leading associations such as MMA, AAMT and AMT, for insurance purposes. 
However, graduates of the Certificate IV qualification will not eligible for private healthcare provider numbers to offer client rebates.




Work in an established massage or beauty clinic to treat regular clients. Step into a professional environment and work alongside other massage and beauty therapists.

Cruise the world and provide massage treatments onboard! Be part of a team of therapists who provide a variety of relaxing treatment options to an ever-changing client base. 

As the owner of your own massage clinic, you get to call shots! With an at-home clinic you can decide the hours and frequency of work. You can also establish a mobile clinic and offer corporate and mobile massage services- you decide!

To succeed in a health and beauty clinical environment, 
Q Academy recommends having a wide treatment scope. Appeal to both employers and clients by being able to offer the following services, by completing a short course in: 

This could be a fantastic opportunity to travel the world while working! Have an even stronger point of differentiation and be sought-after by future employers by completing the following short courses:

Exceed client expectations as well as business growth predictions by providing clients with a wide range of treatment options and services:





Practical Components  Theoretical Components 
  • Swedish Massage 
  • Sports Massage 
  • Thai Massage
  • Thermotherapy 
  • Seated Massage 
  • Pregnancy Massage 
  • Special Needs Massage 
  • Reflexology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Massage History & Origins
  • Client Record Keeping
  • Designing a Safe & Effective Massage Environment
  • Building & Running a Successful Massage Business
  • Legal Considerations
  • Professional Communication
  • Planning for Success
  • Indications & Contraindication for Massage
Core Subject Descriptions  


This subject sets the scene for a career in the massage industry by covering: communication, goal setting, scope of practice, medical terminology, client screening, record keeping, ethics, legal considerations, occupational health and safety and symptomology of common contraindications. Students also learn how to adapt their treatment to account for the physical changes associated with older age, disability and pregnancy


This module covers cells, tissues, and each of the 11 major systems of the body and their integration and control. Manual therapy requires an in-depth knowledge of bony anatomy and muscle; this subject covers bony landmarks in detail and the original, insertion, action and innervation of 63 major muscles which a therapist could expect to be treating. The student can also expect to cover nutrition and energy systems in this module.


The full body massage sequence; 140 Swedish strokes to reduce stress, improve circulation, assist lymph function and enhance relaxation. Students learn how to treat pregnant women, elderly, young and special needs clients. Also included in this wide ranging practical component is corporate seated massage.


The Provide First Aid unit of competency provides students with the skills and knowledge required to provide First Aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other First Aiders until emergency qualified help arrives at the scene of the accident.


This subject covers the functional anatomy of the lymphatic system (lymph, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, major node locations and watersheds). Students learn a full body MLD sequence that covers timing, direction, sequence, pressure and techniques. The MLD sequence prepares students to treat clients with oedema, lymphoedema and other lymphatic dysfunctions. Students also learn clinical assessment skills to determine indications and contraindications for MLD treatment.


This module teaches all the knowledge and skills required to stretch all the major muscles of the body, passively or actively. This allows students to give clients home care options and can help with injury prevention. The use of thermal therapies (heat and ice) are also covered.

Thai Massage is a form of treatment that uses deep passive stretching and slow sustained compression applied to the client. It is a great treatment that involves the client and therapist creating deep stretching and muscular release. Some clients find this to be a very uplifting and beneficial treatment. 


Students learn how to establish, operate, and grow a successful massage business. This subject covers best practice in sales and marketing strategies, business finance, excellence in customer service, leadership, and personal and professional development.



Reflexology offers students a short break from our science-based training. This subject introduces students to a traditional Eastern practice of holistic health which can be offered as a stand-alone treatment, or used in conjunction with other techniques to provide one super-treatment! Employers often favour therapists who can offer clients the broadest range of treatment skills, which we support and encourage.

 Please note: students must have a current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid before they can graduate from the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice. Students who enrol in the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage, First Aid training and Certification is included as part of the package. 


Units of Competency 
Core Units

CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status

HLTMSG001 Develop Massage Practice

HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs

HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatment

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

HLTINF004 Manage the Control of Infection

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety 

 Elective Units

BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning

HLTREFF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice



Self Funded Options

Standard Course Fee: $4,330

Pay by Half Term: $4,330 (2 x $2,135)

Pay by Term: $3,664 (with On-Time Term Payment Discount: $666)

VET Student Loan not available for HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy


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