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

Step into a rewarding career in wellbeing

This highly informative 18-week programme is for students who want guidance and support before committing to full-time study. 
Please note that if you already hold an NCEA Level 3 and ready to study with us, you can go straight into our Level 5 Wellness and Relaxation massage, click here.

We’ve purposefully shaped our Level 4 programme so that our new students are set-up for success. 

You’ll learn the fundamentals of massage, gain confidence in your ability, and be supported to study at a higher level. You’ll also get a thorough introduction to this amazing industry and see where it can take you.

Our students come from all walks of life; high-pressure corporate careers, stay-at-home parents and even fresh graduates from secondary school. The commonality among our wonderful students is their mutual interest in living a flexible, vibrant and balanced lifestyle - and wanting a career that encourages healthier living.

If you would like a campus tour to meet our team and enrol into this programme, enter your details in the 'apply online' section, and we’ll be in touch! 

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 





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

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

Most students will know after completing this course whether they want to move onto the next level of learning to become a ‘wellness and relaxation’ massage therapist 

Level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage.   

Course Costs

For Domestic Students:

  • Tuition fees: TBC
  • Student loans and allowances are available through Studylink.

For International Students:

  • Tuition fees: TBC
  • Course fees: TBC

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.


The New Zealand College of Massage is no longer in operation or taking enrolments.

If you have an interest in massage therapy in the context of beauty therapy, our sister college Elite School of Beauty and Spa offers a learning programme that includes massage therapy.

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