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

Start your journey into the incredible Massage Therapy industry. We have full-time and part-time study options available for you.

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)

2019 Intakes 

Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch campus

  • TBC (full-time)
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Auckland campus

  • 13th Aug 2019 -  April 2020 (part-time: 2 evenings a week and 1 weekend each month)

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 ususally offered at all our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses. 

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Study Options (Part-time or full-time)

The Certificate programme is provided as a 6 month course and can be offered as either part-time or full-time, depending on what works for you. 

This is a great option for those who are wanting to learn new skills in Massage Therapy, but are unable to commit to full-time study. Our part-time study option is run over the weekend, and after hours in your own time.

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

Both programmes require  

  • 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 step

  • 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. 

2019 Course Costs

For Domestic Students:

  • Tuition fees: $3,060  
  • Application fee: $75
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink for full-time students, the part-time study option is not eligible for student allowance.

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.