Certificate in Sport and Health Massage (Level 4)

This highly regarded massage course offers you the opportunity to complete stimulating training, leading towards a qualification as a massage therapist. It provides practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in sport and health massage.

= This programme is being replaced in 2018 with the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5). Register your interest here. =

You'll learn the foundation skills for a future in sport and health massage. The course is practical and hands-on, as you learn massage principles and techniques while working on your peers, the general public and athletes.

When you’ve completed this certificate you’ll have the self-assurance to start practicing, or to carry on to higher level study. You'll be introduced to massage principles and theories and you’ll get the opportunity to treat clients in a simulated clinic on campus as well as field study.

Content Details

Subject areas include: sports and massage, massage assessment and application, professional practice in massage therapy, and human structure and function.

Professional Studies You'll develop knowledge and understanding in professional practice: library literacy, academic writing, healthy environments, behaviours and actions within cultures are examined in this course.

Human Structure and Function You'll develop an understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Anatomical components and structure and function of the cardiovascular, integumentary lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems are examined.

Massage Practice 1 This forms the basis of all further study in this programme. It focuses on the history of massage and the basic tools of a massage therapist: the ability to prepare a massage environment, assessment, conducting a massage session, review and recording findings.

Massage Practice 2 This introduces you to the scope of legal, ethical and professional responsibilities central to therapeutic massage practice as well as exploring current research and fundamental philosophies and principles which shape the discipline of massage. Skills required to prepare for, assess, conduct, review and recording findings of a massage session with athletes will be developed including a thorough understanding of origins and insertions of muscles.


Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.00am-3.00pm and Friday 9.00am-1.00pm

FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)17 weeks
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)17 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $3,015.00 plus course related costs

2017 international Students $11,140.00 plus course related costs

2017 course related costs: $141.89

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Certificate in Sport and Health Massage (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

For a trained massage practitioner employment opportunities are varied and exciting. For those wanting the “hands-on” approach, there is work in fitness centres, gymnasiums, and with sports teams. Being self-employed, offering massage in clinics or at home is also an option.

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Fitness centres
  • Health care facilities
  • The beauty industry

Entry Criteria

  • NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy OR
  • provide evidence of equivalent NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy OR
  • applicants are required to attend an information session and successfully complete an entry test

Police Check

  • Applicants to complete an attestation of satisfactory police check AND
  • Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology will complete a satisfactory Police Check prior to graduation


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

All international applicants for whom English is not their first language require an IELTS score of at least 5.5 academic, with no band score lower than 5.5.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.