Qualification details

HLT40307 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes and is equivalent to HLT40302 - Certificate IV in Massage 24/Mar/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to HLT40312 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy PracticeUpdated in V5 Updated core unit HLTFA311A Apply first aid Updated core WHS units 06/May/2012

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2011

Units of competency

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HLTOHS300B - Contribute to OHS processesContribute to OHS processesSupersededN/A
HLTHIR301B - Communicate and work effectively in healthCommunicate and work effectively in healthSupersededN/A
HLTCOM405C - Administer a practiceAdminister a practiceSupersededN/A
HLTREM409C - Perform massage health assessmentPerform massage health assessmentSupersededN/A
HLTREM401C - Work within a massage frameworkWork within a massage frameworkSupersededN/A
HLTCOM406C - Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriateMake referrals to other health care professionals when appropriateSupersededN/A
HLTCOM404C - Communicate effectively with clientsCommunicate effectively with clientsSupersededN/A
HLTREM408C - Apply massage assessment frameworkApply massage assessment frameworkSupersededN/A
HLTFA301C - Apply first aidApply first aidSupersededN/A
BSBWOR203A - Work effectively with othersWork effectively with othersSupersededN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 411611 Massage Therapist 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3494-11 Massage Therapist 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0619 Complementary Therapies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Complementary/Alternative Health 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Massage Therapist 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 411611 Massage Therapist 03/Sep/2007 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 3494-11 Massage Therapist 03/Sep/2007 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0619 Complementary Therapies 03/Sep/2007 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 511 Certificate IV 03/Sep/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


This qualification covers workers who work as basic level massage therapists. It provides skills in therapeutic relaxation massage including basic health assessment and treatment and may be used by people working:

  • within a clinic or in their own clinic
  • in an aged care facility
  • in a health service
  • in a spa facility or
  • in a palliative care facility or hospital.

The intent and application of this qualification is defined within the content of the units themselves. RTOs should examine this content when determining the appropriateness of this qualification. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeships pathways.

Occupational titles for these workers may include:

  • Massage therapist
  • Massage therapy practitioner
  • Assistant massage therapist

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules


15 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:

  • 15 core units, comprising 10 common units and 5 specialisation units

Core units 

Common units 

BSBWOR203A Work effectively with others 

HLTAP401B Confirm physical health status 

HLTCOM404C Communicate effectively with clients 

HLTCOM405C Administer a practice 

HLTCOM406C Make referrals to other health care professionals when appropriate 

HLTCOM408C Use specific health terminology to communicate effectively 

HLTFA301C Apply first aid 

HLTHIR301B Communicate and work effectively in health 

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures 

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes 

Specialisation units 

HLTREM401C Work within a massage framework 

HLTREM406C Provide massage treatment 

HLTREM407C Plan massage treatment 

HLTREM408C Apply massage assessment framework 

HLTREM409C Perform massage health assessment 

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.