HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
Study Modes
On Campus
22 weeks

Course overview

If massage is your passion, the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy from the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF) will give you the best start to your career. Modelled on industry best practice, students learn the safest, most effective techniques for giving a full body relaxation massage, as well as sports massage, massaging for special needs and for rehabilitation, and stretching techniques.

The course also covers treatment of muscular pain, the essentials to managing a successful massage therapy business, and the skills required to work in a supervised massage clinic.

AIF is the only massage course provider that can get you career ready with its Career Head-Start Service TM, and the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy is the only massage course that, when combined with AIF’s Remedial Massage Therapist qualification, specifically trains you to treat athletes as well as everyday exercisers.

The course can also serve as a stepping stone towards a higher level industry qualification. If you want to enhance your Massage Therapist qualification and your opportunities within the massage industry, AIF’s Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT52015) will increase your scope of practice by providing you with the skills needed to deliver advanced massage techniques, posture analysis, and injury rehabilitation practices. Plus, the Diploma will enable your services to become eligible for clients’ private health fund rebates.

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Who this course is for

  • Those who have an interest in massage and in pursuing a long, successful career in it
  • Those with a Certificate III and IV in Fitness wanting to expand their knowledge and business opportunities
  • Those who aspire to manage their own business, or to be employed in a gym, elite sport, health centre, spa or other massage-related area


Qualified Massage Therapists are always in demand, and the career opportunities are varied. Graduates of Certificate IV in Massage Therapy have the option to work at a gym, health club or spa, or to start their own massage business.

Alternatively, if you are already working in the fitness industry, this course offers a great way to supplement your current career, by providing you with new skills and greater earning potential.

Our Coaches

All of our highly trained Coaches maintain active practice in the massage industry, with many experienced in working with professional sports teams, while others have vital on-the-job experience gained at gyms, naturopathy clinics and health centres, as well as with special needs clients.

All our dedicated Coaches are multi-skilled across both physical and manual therapies and, through their passion for teaching, ensure that every student receives the practical hands-on experience they need to be ‘job-ready’.

Career opportunities

  • Massage Therapist
  • Remedial Massage Therapist
  • Sports Massage Therapist

Training & assessment

Massage Therapist course components consist of 80 sessions covering a wide range of massage therapy skills and techniques in a classroom environment.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, students must have an interest in massage, be over 18 years of age, have a computer and internet access, and meet AIF’s acceptance criteria.

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Competency Code Competency Title Elective/Core
HLTMSG002 Assess client massage needs Core
HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments Core
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Core
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Core
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Core
HLTAID011 Provide first aid Core
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection Core
HLTMSG001 Develop massage practice Core
BSBSLS408 Present, secure and support sales solutions Elective
BSBSMB403 Market the small business Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective


Study areas

  • Functional anatomy and physiology
  • Sports massage and therapeutic stretching
  • Integrated clinical experience
  • Client care and screening
  • Swedish massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Legal and ethical compliance
  • First aid
  • Running a massage business
  • Sales and marketing
  • Massage for special populations

Campus locations

This course is available at the following locations: Adelaide (SA), Perth (WA), Brisbane (QLD), Parramatta (NSW) & Chadstone (VIC)


Still have questions? Check out more FAQs here or speak with our friendly Careers Team on 1300 669 669

What are the entry requirements at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

Each student must meet our acceptance criteria and age requirements before studying with AIF. The AIF acceptance criteria assesses the skills and values of each and every student, such as punctuality and attitude, ensuring we are bringing the best people into the industry. We also verify you have the tools required to succeed, necessary written and verbal communication skills, and are committed to your goal.

How old do I have to be to study at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

You must meet the age requirements for the course you intend to study. To study a SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness you must be at least 16 years old on your course commencement date. For a SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness you must be at least 17 years old on your course commencement date. To study for a career in massage with AIF, you must be at least 18 years old on your course commencement date.

How much does it cost to study at the Australian Institute of Fitness?

Tuition cost varies depending on course, study modality and applicable scholarships. We have multiple payment options available, which our Careers Team will discuss to find the option that suits you.

How long does it take to become a Massage Therapist?

The HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy is completed in 22 weeks, and the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage is completed in 42 weeks.

Does AIF help you get a job once you have completed your course?

With AIF, you’ll receive the support you need to position yourself for success in the fitness industry. We ensure our students have the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding fitness industry roles and connect you with job opportunities with our many Career Partners. You’ll also have access to regular industry presentations and our famous F.I.R.E (Fitness Industry Recruitment Expos) where you can meet key industry employers and secure a job or trainer experience placement.

Who is going to be coaching me and what experience do they have?

When we ask our students what they love most about their experience at the AIF, our Coaches continually rank as a standout feature of the course. We believe this is one of the reasons our students regularly score our course experience at over 9 out of 10. Our highly qualified team of Coaches bring passion and commitment to their teaching, ensuring all areas of learning are delivered in a fun and engaging way. They have many years experience working with a huge range of personal training clients, from elite sportspeople to those new to fitness, and many also present at fitness conventions and write for reputable fitness resources. Check out our coach profiles here to find out more about our coaching team!


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