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HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage

National ID
HLT52021
WA Course Code
BIP6
CRICOS code
113319D
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Why choose this course?

Begin your career in the health industry with this qualification. You will learn about the musculoskeletal system and treatment options to improve clients’ health and wellbeing. This course covers several different types of massage techniques such as deep tissue, trigger point, manual lymph drainage, myofascial, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF advanced massage technique used to help reset muscle holding patterns) and a range of specialised treatments for people with chronic health conditions.

During this course you will acquire a vast knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology as well as effective communication skills to deal with clients, health professionals and the health system. This will ensure a sound understanding of working safely and ethically in the healthcare environment. With a very practical and hands on skills training approach, you will have weekly access to a Live Works Clinic at each campus which has been developed to simulate the workplace. Opportunities may arise where you can be part of external sporting events to provide support and in some cases have access to offsite facilities and resources which will be beneficial to your studies.

On completion of this course, you will have the skills to assess each client’s needs and plan and conduct remedial massage using a wide range of techniques. 

Career opportunities

  • Remedial Massage Therapist

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 11 with passes in English.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $2,082
  • Materials fee: $900

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 clinic hours at the Live Works clinic at South Metropolitan TAFE which is a simulated environment that has been set up to reflect workplace conditions. The student must prepare for and manage at least 60 remedial massage treatment sessions and clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations. This will help to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies. A documented record of clients and duration of treatments in the supervised clinic training is kept for all students during the course. You will be required to attend all clinic sessions as advised by South Metropolitan TAFE staff.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include portfolios and written questioning to show the student’s underpinning knowledge, preparing case study assignments to show an integration of both the rationale and practical application of remedial massage treatments to a range of clients over a period of time, practical observation of skills including role plays to demonstrate performance of technical assessment and hands on treatment skills, interpersonal communication skills for completing client health records and accurate health notes, presentations to show an understanding of pathology, disease and requirements of a health worker in Australia, projects to allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and use of the Integrated Student Clinic (ISC) which provides an opportunity to revise course content in a controlled manner and allows time to for students to integrate both theory and practical components.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), Lecturer developed PowerPoint presentations, handouts, portfolios and resource notes and access to Visage Live Works Clinic.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment, assessment tasks and workplace documentation, student log books, client consultation form records, full classroom facilities including whiteboards and data projectors, massage chairs and tables, pillows, bolsters, waxes and oils.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $610
  • Materials fee: $610

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 hours of mandatory work placement.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

Questioning – including written knowledge assessments used to assess the knowledge evidence for all units.Practical Demonstrations – including direct observations of performance evidence, in the form of practical and simulated work tasks carried out in the NMT Remedial Massage Clinic where students practice massage techniques on each other. Units linked to work placement include observations carried out by an NMT assessor, in both the student’s clinic and Remedial Massage Clinic where members of the public come in for massage treatment.On the job evidence – where a Remedial Massage Clinic Record Book is used to record hours students have attended in the clinics during the 200 mandated work placement hours. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, Library resources, iPads, handouts and links to approved resources.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment equipped with therapy rooms, consultation area, adjustable massage tables, linen, oils and balms and hot and cold packs, fully equipped classrooms with computers and smart boards, PPE, treatment plans, fully equipped gym for therapy, documentation including policies and procedures and access to clients for massage and remedial therapies.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $2,082
  • Materials fee: $900

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 clinic hours at the Live Works clinic at South Metropolitan TAFE which is a simulated environment that has been set up to reflect workplace conditions. The student must prepare for and manage at least 60 remedial massage treatment sessions and clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations. This will help to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies. A documented record of clients and duration of treatments in the supervised clinic training is kept for all students during the course. You will be required to attend all clinic sessions as advised by South Metropolitan TAFE staff.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include portfolios and written questioning to show the student’s underpinning knowledge, preparing case study assignments to show an integration of both the rationale and practical application of remedial massage treatments to a range of clients over a period of time, practical observation of skills including role plays to demonstrate performance of technical assessment and hands on treatment skills, interpersonal communication skills for completing client health records and accurate health notes, presentations to show an understanding of pathology, disease and requirements of a health worker in Australia, projects to allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and use of the Integrated Student Clinic (ISC) which provides an opportunity to revise course content in a controlled manner and allows time to for students to integrate both theory and practical components.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), Lecturer developed PowerPoint presentations, handouts, portfolios and resource notes and access to Visage Live Works Clinic.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment, assessment tasks and workplace documentation, student log books, client consultation form records, full classroom facilities including whiteboards and data projectors, massage chairs and tables, pillows, bolsters, waxes and oils.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $610
  • Materials fee: $610

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 hours of mandatory work placement.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

Questioning – including written knowledge assessments used to assess the knowledge evidence for all units.Practical Demonstrations – including direct observations of performance evidence, in the form of practical and simulated work tasks carried out in the NMT Remedial Massage Clinic where students practice massage techniques on each other. Units linked to work placement include observations carried out by an NMT assessor, in both the student’s clinic and Remedial Massage Clinic where members of the public come in for massage treatment.On the job evidence – where a Remedial Massage Clinic Record Book is used to record hours students have attended in the clinics during the 200 mandated work placement hours. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, Library resources, iPads, handouts and links to approved resources.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment equipped with therapy rooms, consultation area, adjustable massage tables, linen, oils and balms and hot and cold packs, fully equipped classrooms with computers and smart boards, PPE, treatment plans, fully equipped gym for therapy, documentation including policies and procedures and access to clients for massage and remedial therapies.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2025
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $2,082
  • Materials fee: $900

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 clinic hours at the Live Works clinic at South Metropolitan TAFE which is a simulated environment that has been set up to reflect workplace conditions. The student must prepare for and manage at least 60 remedial massage treatment sessions and clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations. This will help to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies. A documented record of clients and duration of treatments in the supervised clinic training is kept for all students during the course. You will be required to attend all clinic sessions as advised by South Metropolitan TAFE staff.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include portfolios and written questioning to show the student’s underpinning knowledge, preparing case study assignments to show an integration of both the rationale and practical application of remedial massage treatments to a range of clients over a period of time, practical observation of skills including role plays to demonstrate performance of technical assessment and hands on treatment skills, interpersonal communication skills for completing client health records and accurate health notes, presentations to show an understanding of pathology, disease and requirements of a health worker in Australia, projects to allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and use of the Integrated Student Clinic (ISC) which provides an opportunity to revise course content in a controlled manner and allows time to for students to integrate both theory and practical components.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), Lecturer developed PowerPoint presentations, handouts, portfolios and resource notes and access to Visage Live Works Clinic.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment, assessment tasks and workplace documentation, student log books, client consultation form records, full classroom facilities including whiteboards and data projectors, massage chairs and tables, pillows, bolsters, waxes and oils.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2025
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $610
  • Materials fee: $610

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 hours of mandatory work placement.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

Questioning – including written knowledge assessments used to assess the knowledge evidence for all units.Practical Demonstrations – including direct observations of performance evidence, in the form of practical and simulated work tasks carried out in the NMT Remedial Massage Clinic where students practice massage techniques on each other. Units linked to work placement include observations carried out by an NMT assessor, in both the student’s clinic and Remedial Massage Clinic where members of the public come in for massage treatment.On the job evidence – where a Remedial Massage Clinic Record Book is used to record hours students have attended in the clinics during the 200 mandated work placement hours. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, Library resources, iPads, handouts and links to approved resources.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment equipped with therapy rooms, consultation area, adjustable massage tables, linen, oils and balms and hot and cold packs, fully equipped classrooms with computers and smart boards, PPE, treatment plans, fully equipped gym for therapy, documentation including policies and procedures and access to clients for massage and remedial therapies.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2026

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2026
Where | South Metropolitan TAFE (52787)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $2,082
  • Materials fee: $900

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 clinic hours at the Live Works clinic at South Metropolitan TAFE which is a simulated environment that has been set up to reflect workplace conditions. The student must prepare for and manage at least 60 remedial massage treatment sessions and clients must include males and females from different stages of life with varied presentations. This will help to strengthen the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your studies. A documented record of clients and duration of treatments in the supervised clinic training is kept for all students during the course. You will be required to attend all clinic sessions as advised by South Metropolitan TAFE staff.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • HLTREF002 Provide reflexology for relaxation

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include portfolios and written questioning to show the student’s underpinning knowledge, preparing case study assignments to show an integration of both the rationale and practical application of remedial massage treatments to a range of clients over a period of time, practical observation of skills including role plays to demonstrate performance of technical assessment and hands on treatment skills, interpersonal communication skills for completing client health records and accurate health notes, presentations to show an understanding of pathology, disease and requirements of a health worker in Australia, projects to allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and use of the Integrated Student Clinic (ISC) which provides an opportunity to revise course content in a controlled manner and allows time to for students to integrate both theory and practical components.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), Lecturer developed PowerPoint presentations, handouts, portfolios and resource notes and access to Visage Live Works Clinic.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment, assessment tasks and workplace documentation, student log books, client consultation form records, full classroom facilities including whiteboards and data projectors, massage chairs and tables, pillows, bolsters, waxes and oils.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2026

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2026
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus and work placement, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $12,480
  • Resources fee: $610
  • Materials fee: $610

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

Students are required to undertake approximately 200 hours of mandatory work placement.

Year 11/12
HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage - BIP6
2 semesters

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 21 units. These 21 are comprised of 18 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTMSG009 Develop massage practice
  • HLTMSG010 Assess client massage needs
  • HLTMSG011 Provide massage treatments
  • HLTMSG013 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
  • HLTMSG014 Provide remedial massage treatments
  • HLTMSG015 Adapt massage treatments to meet specific needs
  • HLTMSG016 Apply principles of pain neuroscience
  • HLTMSG017 Apply remedial massage clinical practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • HLTMSG018 Adapt massage practice for athletes
  • SISXCAI009 Instruct strength and conditioning techniques

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

Questioning – including written knowledge assessments used to assess the knowledge evidence for all units.Practical Demonstrations – including direct observations of performance evidence, in the form of practical and simulated work tasks carried out in the NMT Remedial Massage Clinic where students practice massage techniques on each other. Units linked to work placement include observations carried out by an NMT assessor, in both the student’s clinic and Remedial Massage Clinic where members of the public come in for massage treatment.On the job evidence – where a Remedial Massage Clinic Record Book is used to record hours students have attended in the clinics during the 200 mandated work placement hours. 

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to Blackboard (LMS), PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, Library resources, iPads, handouts and links to approved resources.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated Live work environment equipped with therapy rooms, consultation area, adjustable massage tables, linen, oils and balms and hot and cold packs, fully equipped classrooms with computers and smart boards, PPE, treatment plans, fully equipped gym for therapy, documentation including policies and procedures and access to clients for massage and remedial therapies.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

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  3. submit an application;
  4. accept your offer and pay;
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  6. receive your visa and come to Australia for your studies.

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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

Last updated on February 23, 2024