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New Zealand College of Massage
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Certificate in Study and Career Preparation for Massage (Level 4)

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Level of Study



18 weeks

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This highly informative 18-week programme is for students who want guidance and support before committing to full-time study. If you hold an NCEA Level 3 and feel ready to jump straight into our Level 5 Wellness and Relaxation massage.

We’ve purposefully shaped our Level 4 programme so that 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 career and see where it can take you.

Our students come from all walks of life; high-pressure corporate careers, stay-at-home parents or fresh sprites from secondary school. The commonality among our wonderful students is their mutual interest in living a flexible, vibrant and balanced lifestyle – with an interest in healthier living.

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

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.

Qualifications Awarded

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

Entry criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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