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The Evolve College Certificate IV in Massage Therapy course is the entry level qualification in the massage industry. Deepen your practice with an understanding of anatomy and physiology, communication skills, business practices and more. Some of the practical skills you will learn include:
HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
This qualification is Nationally Recognised Training and qualifies you to be a Massage Therapist.
Duration will vary depending on experience, skills and knowledge. Recommended minimum 6 months (Australian Qualifications Framework). Maximum duration 1 year.
This massage course is delivered as a blended course, this means you complete learning and assessment both online via the state of the art Evolve College Interactive Hub, as well as face-face on campus with a massage expert trainer and assessor.
Costs vary depending on payment method, please see course fees page for more details.
The massage course has multiple intakes throughout the year. You can start studying at any time and begin your course duration. On-campus dates will vary depending on location.
Upon graduation you will be eligible for affiliate membership with a professional massage association, and ready to start your career as a Massage Therapist. Of course, this will depend on the needs of the employer and you being a match, but generally examples of where relaxation massage could be practiced include:
Evolve College provides nationally recognised massage training that is both government and industry approved.
As well as being the largest private provider of massage education in Australia, Evolve College is a shameless leader in the massage industry. Our founders were the first in the massage industry to introduce draping, and the standards of professionalism they introduced 20+ years ago are now enshrined in the competencies of VET massage qualifications today. We continue to raise the bar and offer a level of education, student focus and care above and beyond the minimum standards set by the profession.
Click here to download an important Qualifications Facts sheet with information on this course.
If you'd like to get your enrolment underway now, email us your intention to enrol and we will get in touch to complete the enrolment process with you.
There are 8 subjects in the HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy course.
|4||Working with People|
|6||Legal and Ethical|
|8||Clinical Practice 1|
For more detail click on the Subjects tab at the top of this page
We’ve made your units very easy to study by grouping them under 8 subjects, so you have less doubling up and your study is more efficient and meaningful.
The Certificate IV course is delivered across multiple subjects consisting of a total of 13 accredited units clustered into 8 subjects. Students must complete all subjects satisfactorily in order to be deemed competent in these units.
The units are:
|HLTMSG009||Develop massage practice|
|HLTMSG010||Assess client massage needs|
|HLTMSG011||Provide massage treatments|
|HLTMSG012||Apply relaxation massage clinical practice|
|HLTMSG016||Apply principles of pain neuroscience|
|HLTAAP002||Confirm physical health status|
|BSBESB401||Research and develop business plans|
|HLTINF004||Manage the prevention & control of infection|
|HLTWHS004||Manage work health & safety|
|CHCCOM006||Establish & manage client relationships|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal & ethical compliance|
|SIRXOSM002||Maintain ethical and professional standards when using social medial and online platforms|
Evolve College has created a flexible timetable arrangement that allows you to study whilst maintaining other life commitments. Many of our students study while working full time, have kids and/or run busy and active lives. We believe study should be something that helps you grow but does not require you to give up all other commitments to do so.
Classes occur in 2 day blocks on average every 3-4 weeks, There is 7 classes in total including the supervised practice clinics. Classes can be attended at your chosen campus, you are able to change campus at any time or make up a class at another campus (dates permitted). You can choose from the following class options:
Please note: availability of these options will depend on your location. See locations and timetables for more information.
You will attend class at your chosen location for your practical subjects which will consist of a total of 14 days (including the Introductory Massage Course). You can choose from the following options:
Please note: availability of these options will depend on your location.
Please click here to browse timetable options in your chosen location.
All your theory learning materials will be available online via our state of the art online EvolveHub environment. You will also be given access to any required textbook in the form of an eBook. These are all included in your course fee.
Your study of the theoretical aspects of this course is undertaken in the EvolveHub. You will be provided with login access to this online learning environment, where your learning materials and assessments will be released in the most supportive order and manner for your course.
On completion of the HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy qualification you will be qualified to perform relaxation massage. Your job title will be Massage Therapist and you may seek work in a variety of contexts, which could include (for example) a Day Spa, cruise ship, health resort, palliative care, aged care, or an assistant to allied health workers (such as a physiotherapist or osteotherapist).
Possible further training includes: HLT52021 Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Download our Qualifications Fact Sheet for the HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy, for all the key facts you need to know about your qualification and study.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is required that students:
Credit (or recognition) for subjects/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Read more about our Recognition of Prior Learning program and National Recognition (Credit Transfer).
On-campus students study all practical learning on-campus. Correspondence students study practical learning at home at their own pace. For both modes of study, all practical assessments must be completed on-campus and theory assessments are completed online, with an on-campus component.
You are required to keep pace with your course. Assessments should be submitted at least every 2 weeks. See the Student Handbook for more details on the requirements for progress in your course.
To complete the units in this qualification you will need a computer, broadband connection to the Internet and an active email account.
|G3 500 MHz or above||Pentium 1000 MHz or above|
|OS X ver 10.3 or higher||Windows XP or higher|
|512Mb RAM or higher||512Mb RAM or higher|
|For best performance, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome|
|For best performance, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome|
To use all the features of the learning resources you will also need the following:
You will require the following:
The HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy is the latest Certificate IV qualification in the Australian massage industry. It was released in 2015 after extensive streamlining of the qualification by the massage industry. The qualification was developed by industry to meet current industry standards and has been endorsed by the government.
The HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy is nationally recognised training.
The current Certificate IV qualification in massage is the HLT42021 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. This qualification is a nationally recognised qualification within the Australian Qualifications Framework and therefore has a unique code identifier - HLT42021.
You are welcome to contact our Evolve College Customer Service by phone on 1300 880 885 (during business hours) or by email at email@example.com.
We are committed to supporting all of our students and we tailor the support given to what our students need. We provide support in relation to practical training, academically, and administratively. We recognise that for some students additional support services are fundamental to ensure success and therefore our Team is on hand to assist and support as needed. You can access support by calling 1300 880 885 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
The Evolve Virtual Clinic is Evolve College's state of the art online student clinic platform that enables you to perform clinical hours supervised live by an Evolve College Assessor, in your chosen working environment.
Students complete online practice hours throughout their course, which is a further step in our careful and comprehensive clinical training. In this unique and unprecedented technological platform, students are able to build confidence and true readiness for entering the industry, as they work in their own professional environment whilst still having the live supervision of an Evolve College Assessor. It is one of the important steps in your study, which helps build confidence in skills and confirm for you your readiness to join the industry as a value-adding, highly professional member.
An on-campus alternative is available.
For participation in the Virtual Clinic, the following are the minimum suggested requirements for your computer:
Windows 8 or Windows 7:
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later:
Google Chrome Browser
From 1 January 2015, all students participating in Nationally Recognised Training in Australia are required by the Australian government to have a Unique Student Identifier, or USI.
This includes students completing an apprenticeship, skill set, certificate or diploma course.
A USI gives you access to your online USI account and will contain all of your nationally recognised training records and results from 1 January 2015 onwards, stored in the one place. You therefore can access your results and the details of all courses you have completed.
When applying for a job or enrolling in further study, you will often need to provide your training records and results. One of the main benefits of the USI is that you will have easy access to your training records and results throughout your life.
It is free and easy for you to create your own USI online at usi.gov.au.
If you do not have a USI you can obtain this prior to commencing your studies. It is important to understand that this is a requirement set by the Government and we are unable to issue your qualification to you on completion of your studies unless you have a USI. Click here to apply for a USI - it only takes 3 minutes. Have your driver's licence or other ID handy. You are given a USI on the spot.
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