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New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)

Prepare for a career as a remedial massage therapist.

Remedial massage focuses on parts of the body that require rehabilitation and relief from pain and/or injury.

Designed to build upon the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), this qualification will equip you to provide remedial massage therapy services to the public in allied health, wellness and medical settings that require this specialist service.

The course will develop your existing skills in massage therapy assessment, enquiry, observation and physical testing. You'll learn how to identify and interpret pathological processes on body systems and medical diagnostic testing, and you’ll go into further depth regarding the psychology of health. You’ll also apply sport-specific assessment and massage therapy techniques to identify and treat a range of sports related injuries.

Learning takes place in a real-world industry environment and includes clinical practice hours.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$6,768 - $7,627 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year

NZ2470 New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5) or equivalent

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

Consent to Disclosure of Information: You will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to Ara.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This diploma qualifies you to work as a remedial massage therapist in a broad range of settings - from community-based health and wellness centres to sports medicine clinics - or as a self-employed therapist with your own home-based or mobile practice.

Study pathways

Further study options include certificates and diplomas in aromascience, reflexology and beauty/spa therapy, or a degree in massage therapy or musculoskeletal health.

New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Prepare for a career as a remedial massage therapist.

Type Diploma
Code NZ2741
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 120
Level 6
Reference NZ2741-STRU

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$6,768 - $7,627 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme. You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme, but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before allowing you to complete work at their organisation.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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