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HLT52015 - Diploma of Remedial Massage

Course Details

Course Summary

This qualification reflects the role of remedial massage therapists who work with clients presenting with soft tissue dysfunction, musculoskeletal imbalance or restrictions in range of motion (ROM). Practitioners may be self-employed or work within a larger health service.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 200 hours of work. Please see the More Details tab for further information.

Entry Requirements

Students must be 16 years of age to enrol and have written consent from parents or guardians to be treated by fellow class members. 

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course. 

Vocational Placement and Work Integrated Learning

Students must complete a Vocational Placement and/or Work Integrated Learning as part of this qualification.

Additional information

200 hours of work is required within the supervised CQUniversity clinics.

Course Details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • Domestic
Fees
Full Fee $10,584.00 (2021)
$11,235.00 (2022)
Fee for service per unit $504.00 (2021)
$535.00 (2022)
For detailed information on Course Fees, visit www.cqu.edu.au/fees
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
How to Apply Please Enquire or Apply Now
Study Area
  • Hospitality and Beauty
Skill Area
  • Health
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Students graduate with a Diploma of Remedial Massage which will enable them to register with health funds to provide remedial massage therapy throughout Australia. Massage Therapists can work in private practice, day spas, hotels, sporting teams, aged care or integrate their practice with other allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors.

Course Structures

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete 16 core units
  2. Complete 5 elective units

Study Mode Definitions

  • Mixed Mode courses are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools and/or workshops.
  • Online courses are delivered using online resources only.
  • On-campus courses are delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching at CQUniversity campuses.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

Select a course structure below to view the delivery details , including the different study modes offered for each structure.

Please select a course structure from the options below:
Mackay Course (Mixed Mode)

20 months full-time

  • RPL/RCC/Credit
  • Mixed Mode
Core

To complete the unit HLTAID003 students will need to enrol into the Accredited Short Course ACC00068 - Short Course in First Aid and CPR with CQUniversity or complete the HLTAID003 unit with an external Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

HLTAID003 Provide first aid More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG001 Develop Massage Practice More Information Training.gov Details
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG002 Assess Client Massage Needs More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments More Information Training.gov Details
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people More Information Training.gov Details
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments More Information Training.gov Details
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships More Information Training.gov Details
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments More Information Training.gov Details
CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system More Information Training.gov Details
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs More Information Training.gov Details
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
Elective
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice More Information Training.gov Details
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status More Information Training.gov Details
BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans More Information Training.gov Details
SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information More Information Training.gov Details
VU21879 Provide myofascial dry needling treatment More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
1 CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
1 HLTINF004 - Manage the prevention and control of infection
1 HLTMSG002 - Assess Client Massage Needs
1 HLTMSG004 - Provide massage treatments
1 HLTMSG001 - Develop Massage Practice
1 HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
2 CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
2 HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
2 HLTMSG003 - Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
2 HLTMSG005 - Provide remedial massage treatments
2 SISFFIT005 - Provide healthy eating information
2 BSBESB401 - Research and develop business plans
3 CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
3 HLTMSG008 - Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
3 CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships
4 HLTMSG006 - Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs
4 CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
4 HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
4 CHCPRP005 - Engage with health professionals and the health system
4 VU21879 - Provide myofascial dry needling treatment


Rockhampton Course (Mixed Mode)

20 months full-time

  • Mixed Mode
  • RPL/RCC/Credit
Core

To complete the unit HLTAID003 students will need to enrol into the Accredited Short Course ACC00068 - Short Course in First Aid and CPR with CQUniversity or complete the HLTAID003 unit with an external Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

HLTMSG004 Provide massage treatments More Information Training.gov Details
HLTAID003 Provide first aid More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG002 Assess Client Massage Needs More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG001 Develop Massage Practice More Information Training.gov Details
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG003 Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments More Information Training.gov Details
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety More Information Training.gov Details
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG005 Provide remedial massage treatments More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG008 Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments More Information Training.gov Details
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance More Information Training.gov Details
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships More Information Training.gov Details
HLTMSG006 Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs More Information Training.gov Details
HLTAAP003 Analyse and respond to client health information More Information Training.gov Details
CHCPRP005 Engage with health professionals and the health system More Information Training.gov Details
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice More Information Training.gov Details
Elective
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status More Information Training.gov Details
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice More Information Training.gov Details
BSBESB401 Research and develop business plans More Information Training.gov Details
SISFFIT005 Provide healthy eating information More Information Training.gov Details
VU21879 Provide myofascial dry needling treatment More Information Training.gov Details

Unit Sequence

Below is the recommended study sequence for this course. Please enrol in your units as per the following order.
Units with the same sequence number should be enrolled into at the same time.
Sequence Unit
1 HLTMSG004 - Provide massage treatments
1 HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
1 HLTMSG002 - Assess Client Massage Needs
1 HLTMSG001 - Develop Massage Practice
1 HLTINF004 - Manage the prevention and control of infection
1 HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
1 CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
2 HLTMSG003 - Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments
2 HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
2 CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
2 HLTMSG005 - Provide remedial massage treatments
2 SISFFIT005 - Provide healthy eating information
2 BSBESB401 - Research and develop business plans
3 CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
3 CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships
3 HLTMSG008 - Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments
4 CHCPRP005 - Engage with health professionals and the health system
4 CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
4 HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
4 HLTMSG006 - Adapt remedial massage practice to meet specific needs
4 VU21879 - Provide myofascial dry needling treatment


Course Assessment Information

RPL - Students who have previous informal and formal learning need to advise their trainer/assessor prior to enrolment. If the student wishes to apply for an RPL they need to apply to the RPL Centre.
Credit transfer - If credit for relevant formal qualifications is sought, then the process will be actioned after the student has enrolled in at least one unit of competency as directed by the relevant trainer/assessor. The Trainer/Assessor will work with the student on their credit transfer application, and provide advice and support as necessary.
Assessment Types
Written/Electronic Assessment
RPL
Practical Task
Course Learning Outcomes
Where and when can I start?
Please view the more details information for any additional information related to this course.

Domestic 2019 Availabilities

Mackay Course (Mixed Mode)

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Rockhampton Course (Mixed Mode)

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2020 Availabilities

Mackay Course (Mixed Mode)

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Rockhampton Course (Mixed Mode)

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Domestic 2021 Availabilities

Mackay Course (Mixed Mode)

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.

Rockhampton Course (Mixed Mode)

There are currently no intakes scheduled for this course structure.
For individual class days and times for each intake please check the TAFE Timetable located here
The availabilities shown above are for the current and future years. To view any historic availabilities please press "Show Historic Availabilities" below:

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Textbook Requirements

The following textbooks are required for this course:

  • Foundations of Massage, Casanelia and Stelfox, 3rd ed, 2010
  • Textbook of Remedial Massage, Grace & Deal 1st ed, 2012
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, Martini & Nath, 11th ed, 2018
  • Evidenced Informed Physical Assessment, Visniak, Nikita, Pro Health Systems 2016 (outsourced)
  • Functional Anatomy, Cael, 1st ed, 2011
  • Communication: Core Interpersonal Skills for health Professionals
  • Pathophysiology for Massage Therapists, Cowen, V.S., 2016
  • Quick Referenced, Evidenced Informed Muscle Manual, Vizniak, Nikita, Pro Health Systems 2015

Available for purchase from CQUni Bookshop.


Intensive Internal Workshops (IIW)

Student requirements for each IIW are as follows:

  • Full clinic uniform to be worn at all times
  • Arrival 15 minutes prior to class starting
  • Enclosed footwear must be worn
  • Hair must be tied back neatly
  • Therapist presentation standards of make-up, manicured nails, strict personal hygiene
  • Textbook/access to e-book
  • Writing materials - including pens/paper
  • Laptop/tablet for note taking
Rockhampton IIW DetailsMackay IIW Details

Block clinic training, one week per month, 10 months of the year:

  • Monday 1.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Tuesday to Thursday 8.30am - 6.00pm
  • Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

Full attendance is for all days is a strict requirement and non-negotiable for each block of Internal Intensive Workshops (IIWs) unless previous discussion with the teacher. 

Block clinic training:

·         2 weeks/month by 1 ½ days per week (Monday & Wednesday)

·         1 week/month of 2 ½ days per week (Extra day for theory)

·         All Mondays are from 1pm to 6pm

·         All Wednesdays are from 9am to 6pm

·         1 theory day per month 9 am to 4pm

·         Full attendance is for all days is a strict requirement and non-negotiable for each block of Internal Intensive Workshops (IIWs) unless previous discussion with the teacher. 

2021 IIW Dates:

Only intake:  FEBRUARY


February - 8th-12th

March - 8th-12th

April - 19th-23rd

May - 10th-14th

June - 7th-11th

July - 12th-16th

August - 9th-13th

September - 6th-10th

October - 11th-15th

November - 1st-5th

2021 IIW Dates:

Only intake: FEBRUARY

1 February attend on-campus


February

1st, 3rd, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th – Clinic/practical days

2nd Theory day

March

1st, 3rd, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st – Clinic/practical days 

2nd Theory day

April

5th, 6th, 28th – Clinic/practical days

27th – Theory day

May

5th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 31st – Clinic/practical days

4th – Theory day 

June 

2nd, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd - Clinic/practical days

1st – Theory day

July

19th, 21st, 26th, 28th - Clinic/practical days

20th – Theory day

August

2nd, 4th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th - Clinic/practical days

3rd – Theory day

September

1st, 13th, 15th, 27th, 29th - Clinic/practical days

14th – Theory

October

6th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th - Clinic/practical days

5th – Theory day

November

8th, 10th, 15th, 17th 22nd, 24th, 29th - Clinic/practical days

9th – Theory day

VET Student Loan Information

VET Student Loans may be available for eligible students in approved Diploma level qualifications. The loan can be used towards Tuition Fees only and does not cover additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, equipment, travel, tools, and accommodation or general living expenses. Loan limits or caps may apply for some eligible courses and where a loan limit is reached for a course, students may be required to pay upfront for any remaining units. 


For more information or to check your eligibility for a VET Student Loan, please visit our VET Student Loans webpage or contact us.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


What is the BKSB?

The Basic Knowledge and Skills Builder is an online pre-enrolment assessment to match the qualification level in which you will achieve the best chance of success.  Diploma students must receive a level four in both literacy and numeracy to be eligible to access Vet Student Loan. 


Can I resit the BKSB?

You can resit the BKSB two weeks after your first sitting. Meanwhile there is an online workbook to work through before you are able to resit. 


Will I get help with literacy and numeracy skills?

Contact our Student Success Team on 13 27 86 who will refer you to the literacy and numeracy support team. 


When can I have a look at my unit on Moodle?

As soon as you are enrolled in a unit you are able to login into Moodle and start viewing the following in each unit’s page:

- Recordings,

- YouTube clips,

- Textbook readings,

- Power Points,

- Product information,

- The written and practical assessments, 

- MSDS sheets,

- Procedures, 

- Zoom recordings, 

- And much more. 


How do I log into Moodle?

User name: 1023456 (your student number)

Password: Default password is found in your welcome email. 


What do I wear to class?

Whilst on-campus, students are required to adhere to the following uniform requirements: 

  • A black polo shirt that is embroidered with 'Remedial Massage' (available from the CQU Bookshop for approximately $35) 
  • Black full-length pants (not leggings or jeans).
  • Black enclosed shoes.  Choose black joggers or supportive shoes, do not wear ballet flats or heels.
  • Tidy hair, with long hair secured.
  • No artificial nails, cut short with minimal jewellery.  No rings.
  • No midriffs showing.

Due to Workplace Health and Safety guidelines, you will not be able to participate in practical activities if you uniform and/or hands are not clean and in satisfactory condition.  Uniforms are available for purchase from the CQUni Bookshop.  


What are the times I have to be in class?

8.30am to 4.00/4.30pm. 

If you are unable to attend, have to leave early or arrive late, please phone or email your teacher ahead of time, as quite often a student clinic will be operating and you will have clients booked for the day. 


Do I have to attend for each timetabled day on campus?

Yes. Your teacher’s role is to prepare you for working in a massage clinic, physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathic clinic, beauty salon, spa or to run your own remedial massage business.  Therefore you will need to attend for the full day on campus so you can observe, practice and be assessed in the many practical skills of your massage course. 


Can I catch up on missed days?

Each day on campus is valuable time to learn new techniques, practice and participate in the simulated salon environment. Therefore it is very important to attend each day on your timetable.  Teachers will endeavour to schedule catch up classes but this is done on a case by case basis and not guaranteed to be available. 


Do I have to find my own clients?

Your training salon has a client base however students may need to source their own clients from time to time. It is a good idea to network with your family and friends who can become your clients in our busy training salons.
 

It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that a model is obtained and booked into the appointment book for all Practical Assessments. Students must be prepared to provide treatments to clients.


What kind of assessments will I have to do?

Each unit will has several practical assessments and a written assessment. A timetable is provided that identifies when each assessment is due. 


Anything else I need to know?

Student Counsellors are available to assist you with both study and personal counselling services. To Self-refer and arrange a free face-to-face or phone appointment, contact counselling@cqu.edu.au, or phone 07 49 30 9456.

Student Counsellors can help with Time Management, Study skills, Relationship and Family issues, Stress, Anxiety and depression, Home, sickness, Grief and loss and more that may impact students whilst studying.  Please do not hesitate to call the Student Counsellors for a confidential session