Industry Information & Academic Performance

We are New Zealand’s Largest Provider of Massage Qualifications

NZCM is the largest provider of massage qualifications in New Zealand, and each year the Tertiary Education Commission awards about 70% of the nationally allocated places to NZCM. In addition, NZCM is the only national massage provider with sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In 2012 nearly 140 students studied at NZCM.

NZCM Students Perform Exceptionally Well

Our students perform exceptionally well academically. To prove our point, here are our key student achievement statistics for 2012, along with the overall figures for Private Training Establishments (PTEs).

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Course completion statistics give the percentages of courses in a given year that were successfully completed. As you can see, our course completion statistics are excellent.

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Our qualification completion statistics are also excellent, and are far above the overall figures for Private Training Establishments in New Zealand. Qualification completion statistics give the percentages of students in a given year who complete a qualification. At 100%, NZCM has the highest qualification completion rate for Levels 5 and 6. Our Degree Programme

NZCM awards a recognized degree in Massage – the Bachelor of Health Studies (Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy). Our degree programme develops a wide range of skills that provide great job opportunities.

Up to 2012, a total of 50 students had earned the degree. Many more will attain the degree during 2013 and in future years. NZCM is one of very few New Zealand providers (and one of a small number around the world) that awards a recognized degree.

The pathway to the NZCM degree is normally through completion of the two Diplomas, but NZCM can give credit for other equivalent qualifications

Community Engagement

Every year our students get temporary placements with various organizations, including sports teams, hospices, at Expos, hospitals and even with NZCM itself. These placements give them valuable work experience.

Getting a Job after Graduation

Our students are very successful in getting jobs after they graduate. Most graduates are self-employed and working with health professionals in multidisciplinary clinics. Most also have clinics that they run privately from their homes. They all use the wide range of skills acquired during their study at NZCM, from therapeutic and neuromuscular treatments, to sports and remedial work. Our degree-qualified therapists who graduated in 2012 are now working right throughout New Zealand, from Warkworth, North Shore, West Auckland and Ponsonby, to Hamilton and Wellington. Our degree students are working:

  • At NZCM
  • At multidisciplinary clinics
  • At sports institutes
  • With elite sports teams such as the Penrith Panthers
  • With New Zealand Rockbands
  • At concerts
  • With other healthcare practitioners and professionals

Here is what a few of our recent graduates say about NZCM:

“The job I have now is because I have the degree and partly because I am so good.”

“The level of education has given me credibility to work alongside other healthcare professionals.”

“My BHS qualification has enabled me to change employment, from a small remedial massage based clinic, to a larger practice, which supports multiple registered practitioners, including osteopaths, acupuncturists, nutritionists, homeopaths and remedial massage therapists. This change has given me a wonderful opportunity to work with other health professionals, receive mentoring and learn from them.”

“I have been able to interact professionally with other health practitioners.”

Community Engagement

Every year our students get temporary placements with various organizations, including sports teams, hospices, Expos, hospitals and even with NZCM itself. These placements give them valuable work experience. Here are some examples of our recent placements: Year One Placements

  • NZCM tutor assist on the Level 4 Certificate programme
  • Massaging sports teams (e.g. Auckland Blues)
  • Massaging musicians (e.g. Auckland Youth Orchestra)
  • Massaging outpatients at Mercy Hospice
  • Supervision and massaging at Oxfam Trailwalker
  • Massaging participants at expos (e.g. The New Zealand Education Expo).

Year Two Placements

  • Massaging conference participants at The Goodfellow Symposium
  • Massaging at the International Tag Tournament
  • Supervision and massaging at Oxfam Trailwalker
  • Massaging sports teams (e.g. Counties Manukau Steelers, Waitakere United FC, Breakers, Black Sox)
  • Massage with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Wellington Vector Orchestra.

Year Three Placements

  • Supervision on year one student clinics
  • Tutor assist on the Level 5 Diploma programme
  • Supervision of students in a community setting
  • Observation of, and work alongside, other health professionals such as physiotherapists
  • Placement at Queen Elizabeth Health (attached to Rotorua Hospital), working with clients with conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Running a medical doctor’s clinic (Wellington).

NZCM’s Provider Category

All non-university tertiary education providers are placed into one of four Provider Categories on the basis of external reviews of their educational performance and organizational capability in self-assessment. NZCM is a Category Two Provider. This means that The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has awarded NZCM a Confident judgment in self-assessment and a Confident judgment in educational performance.