Course Description

Dip your toe into the world of massage therapy and ground yourself in the principals of the craft with Open Colleges’ Certificate in Massage Therapy.

The Certificate in Massage Therapy is a fantastic gateway to further study in massage therapy for those who are considering a career in the industry. The course is also perfect for people wanting to learn how to give massages to friends and family. The Certificate will train you in the fundamentals of massage, giving you a firm understanding of the principals of the craft.

Ideal for those with no experience in massage, this course will teach you:

  • Basic human anatomy and physiology,
  • The fundamentals of massage,
  • Core massage techniques,
  • How to interact with clients.
Course number 84700C
Course name Certificate in Massage Therapy
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Assessments Case studies, Demonstrations, Knowledge tests, Multiple choice questions, Presentations, Scenario-based questions, Short-answer questions, True/False questions
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian.


This course involves reading learner guides and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 10 level.  

Where prospective learners have not successfully completed English at Year 10 level, they can demonstrate equivalency through the successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher.

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to learners by Open Colleges.


You will need access to a computer and the internet and have basic computing skills. Minimum specifications for your computer are:

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection
  • 2GB of RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.
  • Access to printer and associated software
  • Access to scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software.

Windows users:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OSX v10.6 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies. You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.



What are my payment options?

Pay in full

If you pay your course fees up-front in full, you’ll benefit from a discount. When you pay in full, we don’t have to spend extra money on administration for tasks such as payment plan processing. Instead, we get to pass this saving onto you in the form of a discount.

ZipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility in your finances, and want to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, you can switch to a zipMoney payment plan. Essentially, zipMoney pays your course fees for you, and you pay this loan back over 24, 36 or 48 months. As long as you are eligible, you can switch to a zipMoney plan at any time.

Payment Plan

Pay for you course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

Find out more

Lucinda Zammit

Lucinda has been involved in the health and wellness arena for over 10 years. She has a background in fitness and is now an accredited nutritionist. She holds an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, a Certificate IV in Fitness, a Certificate IV TAE and a Bachelor of Arts. Lucinda works with nutrition clients from all backgrounds, is involved in course writing, menu design, training and assessing and is also a regular contributor to women’s magazines.  

Included materials

  • Textbook: Theory and Practice of Therapeutic Massage, 6th Edition by Mark F. Beck (provided in Module 1)
  • Massage towel (provided in Module 3)
  • Sweet almond massage oil (provided in Module 3)

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