New Zealand Diploma in Therapeutic and Sports Massage (Level 5)

This brand new one-year diploma gives you the skills and knowledge you need to start your career as a wellness and relaxation massage therapist.

Networking opportunities are in abundance during your study – our students work with and learn from the best so they can go on to become industry leaders in their own right.

You’ll get loads of hands-on experience with on-campus clinics and you'll work with elite sports teams like the New Zealand Rugby Sevens team, New Zealand Breakers, Northern District Cricket, and plenty more!

Toi Ohomai is committed to helping the massage industry grow as a recognised industry by producing high quality graduates who are keen to develop a valuable career with endless opportunities.

You may choose to become self-employed with your own massage therapy business, or you may find employment in the sports industry, working in spas and hotels, on cruise ships, or alongside other medical professionals like physiotherapists.

Content Details

Topics covered include:

  • Relaxation massage
  • Sports Massage
  • Massage theory and practice
  • Stress management
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Communication and customer service skills
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic fees $5,941.00

Course related costs may apply

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 successfully completing the course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

Career Opportunities

Home-based massage therapist, community based massage therapist, employment within health care facilities, spa based massage therapy clinics; sport and fitness facilities (non-injury work), or with sport teams or individual athletes.

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

Bachelor of Sport & Recreation
Bachelor of Community Health

Alternative Pathways

  • New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) (pending development by Toi Ohomai)
  • Further study in aromascience, sport and recreation, reflexology and beauty/spa therapy
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Sustainability (pending approval)

Entry Criteria

For Certificate and Diploma programmes at Levels 5, 6 and 7, domestic students under 20 and all international students must have:

  • NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Māori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3
  • OR evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme

Police Vetting
You will need to sign a consent form, which will allow Toi Ohomai to complete a police check before you start the course, during the course, and before you finish the course. Any applicant with a conviction must attend an interview with the relevant department staff and may be declined entry onto the course. You will only be accepted onto the course once a satisfactory police check has been received.


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

Level 5 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

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