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Certificate in Study and Career Preparation for Massage (Level 4)

Start your journey into the incredible Massage Therapy industry.

Programme Objectives

Our experienced tutors help you to learn the skills of relaxation massage. You are taught how to reduce normal muscle tension build-up, and to generate a feeling of well-being in the body.

Completing this programme equips you with enhanced academic skills to further your study-pathway in massage therapy. It's also a great addition to other professional health and fitness qualifications (e.g. personal training).

Programme Overview

Relaxation massage brings about a general sense of unwinding in the body and reduces muscle tension. It assists general health and immune function, and reduces the effects of stress, anxiety and trauma. Pressure may be lighter or deeper, depending on the receiver, and may be general or focused on particular muscle groups. This programme combines instruction on current relaxation massage techniques and quality of touch, with relevant information on the human body.

This programme will provide students with the basic knowledge of the body and relaxation massage techniques for use on healthy friends and family.  

Key Components

  • Relaxation Massage Techniques
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Professional Massage Therapy - equipment and use
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Massage setup, client assessment and draping techniques
  • Pre-Practice - setting up your own massage therapy practice
  • Short course offerings: Introduction to Surface Anatomy-identification of bones and muscles
  • Clinic experience - with a minimum of 30 hours observations and massage practice management

Qualifications Awarded

Certificate in Study and Career Preparation for Massage (Level 4)

2020 Intakes 

Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington Campuses
10 February 2020
20 July 2020

We accept enrolments throughout the year, so if you would like to start outside these dates get in touch with us anytime! 


This programme is offered at all our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses. 

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Full-time Study

This course is considered full-time, as it requires 20 hours of classroom attendance each week and most work is done on campus.

This programme requires  

  • Allow at least 18 hours per week for additional study, Student Clinic, and massage practice
  • Programme includes 30 supervised clinic hours at the College, including evenings and weekends
  • All components must be completed within 6 months

Next steps

  • Entry to Level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage 
We encourage our students to earn while they learn, and also continue on their study-pathway for better career opportunities. 

Course Costs

For Domestic Students:

  • Tuition fees: $3,121 
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

Entry Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or over.
  • NCEA level 2, including 10 Literacy credits (5 credits reading and 5 credits writing), and 10 Numeracy credits (Level 1), or New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3), or equivalent.
  • For applicants 20 years or over, who do not meet the above requirements, discretionary admission is possible pending successful interview.
  • Competence in English language: Additionally, International Students and those whose first language is not English are required to score at least IELTS 5.5 (General or Academic) with no band score lower than 5 or NZQA approved equivalent.
  • All applicants will be interviewed to ensure their suitability for the programme.
  • The NZCM Code of Ethics must be read, considered, agreed to and signed.
  • Prior to confirmation of enrolment applicants are required to undergo Police Vetting.