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International Students Overview

Background – Who are we?

Welcome to the New Zealand College of Massage, New Zealand’s leading Massage Therapy Tertiary Provider. The balance and integration of mind and hands is central to all our courses, backed by our wonderful teaching team. The College draws upon a very large pool of top clinical therapists to provide current and relevant education.

Our team commitment to excellence in teaching and an integrated approach to wellness links with a successful combination of up-to-date evidence based practice, quality of touch, and attention to the therapeutic relationship.

Massage is a dynamic and growing health modality both nationally and internationally. Research has verified the benefits of massage, sports massage, neuromuscular therapy, and other forms of hands-on therapies. More people are discussing massage with their doctors and other health care providers than ever before, and more health care professionals are recommending massage therapy as part of a patient’s overall health. We offer you the widest specialist range of clinical massage teachers in Australasia.

With warm regards to you all from the New Zealand College of Massage Team.

NZCM Mission

The primary objective of the New Zealand College of Massage is to provide the highest quality education in a range of bodywork therapies.

Programmes at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level blend current scientific research and industry interface, traditional healing pathways and NZQA standards.

By studying with NZCM you will receive a nationally recognised qualification in Massage Therapy.

Our comprehensive programmes are designed for, but not limited to, those seeking training and a qualification to practice massage on a professional basis.

NZCM Qualifications

We are a NZQA registered and accredited provider of tertiary qualifications.

Our Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch Campuses offer a broad range of qualifications relevant to the Massage Therapy industry along with experienced knowledgeable teaching staff who are still working within the industry, which means our students receive the most industry-relevant and currently practiced therapeutic learning. 

From full tertiary qualifications and continual education courses, to short interest courses – we're opening doors for our graduates and enhancing career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Relaxation Massage

  • Work within the spa industry
  • Workplace, On-site, corporates
  • Hotel industry and health centres
  • Ski-fields, gymnasiums, cruise ships
  • Spa, resorts and relaxation centres

Therapeutic / Sports Massage

  • Working alongside other professionals in physiotherapy, acupuncture, osteopathy or medical centres
  • Spas, resorts, hotels
  • On-site corporate, rest homes
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Sports teams / athletes

Course Information

Courses Level Length of course IELTS Tuition Fees Course Fee
New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage 5 12 months IELTS 5.5 $19,500.00 $1,250.00
Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy 6 12 months IELTS 6.0 $19,500.00 $1,250.00

All courses have an enrolment fee of $300.00

*The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.

Prices are subject to change.

Entry Criteria

For all NZCM programmes: Be over 18 years of age with physical and mental fitness

Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0*, or TOEFL550 with an essay score of 5 TWE

Diploma in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy: Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5*, or TOEFL550 with an essay score of 5 TWE

Bachelor of Health Studies - Neuromuscular Therapy (Level 7): Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 6.0*, or TOEFL550 with an essay score of 5 TWE

* Other English Tests / evidence may be approved as advised by NZQA

If you have any queries regarding entry criteria or any other questions, then please contact us.

How to Apply

Apply to study by filling in an application form online.

As soon as you receive a unconditional offer of place of study at NZCM and/or a fee receipt you should apply for a student visa through the nearest New Zealand High Commission, Embassy, Consulate, or Trade New Zealand office with New Zealand Immigration Service facilities. For details of student visa application and the locations of places you can apply to please visit www.immigration.govt.nz. New Zealand College of Massage has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority – website at www.nzqa.govt.nz.

You can find a copy of our EER report here.

International Student Policy

Download our International Student Policy here.