Q Academy offers the ultimate flexibility and convenience with their NETQ online massage courses. Now you can study massage therapy from the comfort of your home, with full online support, and earn a Government Accredited qualification that is recognised by major industry associations. For eligible course and students may be able to apply for a VET Student Loan to help them start studying sooner!

While the majority of your training is delivered online, it is a requirement that you attend one of our Student Clinics (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney & Melbourne) to complete supervised practical training hours. This is a requirement of the course, in order to earn your qualification. We do our best to make this as convenient as possible, by breaking your clinic training into blocks that can be spread out over the duration of your course, or into one consecutive block, to best suit you and your situation. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to practice the skills learned throughout the course, to ensure you are a confident and job-ready therapist by the time you graduate.

Benefits of Studying Remedial Massage Online with NETQ

Ultimate Flexibility

You can complete a Nationally Accredited qualification from the comfort of your home. Fit your studies around your busy schedule, with only a few hours of study per week. If you’ve got the motivation, we’ll keep you on-track, motivated and inspired to become a qualified therapist.


You will receive the same exceptional level of student support and course content as our industry-leading on-campus training – at great value for money. We also offer loan and funding options to help students start studying sooner. Get started towards a career in massage for just $109.95!

HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Course Cost: $7,500
Enrolment & Materials Fee: $109.95

VET Student Loan

Supportive Learning Environment

The online team will be there to guide you throughout your journey. You will get one-on-one support with your own course coach, and the opportunity to interact with other online students. We do our best to make you feel like you’re part of the Q community.

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How Studying Online Works

Learning Platform

You will be given access to a digital manual made up of short, informative videos. All lessons are engaging and presented by our experienced course coaches.  It will guide you through both the practical and theoretical material in a logical and easy-to-follow sequence that can be completed anytime.

Learning Support

The online team will be there to support you throughout the full journey. You will be introduced to your course coach via Skype, and this coach will be your tutor throughout the course. You will also be invited to our online community where you can interact with other online students.


You will complete the majority of both theoretical and practical assessments online. The theoretical assessments will be completed through our learning platform, Cloud Assess, and practical demonstrations are to be completed in your Skype sessions with your course coach.


Once enrolled, we will give you a schedule with key milestones. We recommend you allocate 9 hours of study per week to stay on track. It is a self-paced course, so if you are dedicated and proactive, it is possible for you to move through the course content quicker.

Clinical Practice

Once you have completed the online course content, the final step is to complete your practical training hours. This is a necessary step, to show that you have understood all that you have learned. There are between 60-200 hours of practical training hours required, depending on your course of study. A significant portion can be completed at home using our Virtual Clinic system under our supervision. You will also be invited to one of our Primary Clinics (Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast) or Secondary Clinics (North Sydney or Melbourne), to complete the remainder of your supervised practical training hours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  •  Personalised Support – You will have a course coach assigned to you when you enrol. They will be there to guide  and support you through your journey.
  • Online Community –  Learning online doesn’t have to be lonely! Join our online student community group, and interact with your peers and your course coaches. Keep each other motivated, ask questions and have discussion.
  • Expertly Developed Learning – All of the course materials have been especially developed so that you receive the information in short 5-10 minute videos, to break the content into easy to understand lessons. At the end of the videos you will complete a quick knowledge check, to make sure you were listening! You can replay lessons (and knowledge checks) as many times as you like. You will also complete theory assessments from your online dashboard, and practical assessments via Skype with your course coach.  You can sit lessons, complete assessments, receive feedback and check your progress anywhere, anytime!
  •  Clinic Support –  Student Clinic is the culmination of all that you learn in your program.  To ensure we have provided you with all the skills and knowledge you need to enter the massage industry successfully, it is a requirement that you complete clinical training hours in one of our primary clinics (Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or Gold Coast), or one of our Virtual or Secondary clinics (North Sydney, Melbourne). This will give you the opportunity to perfect your skills and get experience treating a range of clients with varying conditions.  60 hours (for HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy) and 150 hours (for HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage) of supervised clinic is a mandatory requirement of all accredited massage therapy programs.

You have access to the same learning material as Q Academy’s on-campus students. You will be given access to a digital manual, where you will have some light readings as well as short, interactive videos presented by one of our experienced course coaches. These classes are embedded into your manual as micro lessons.  This material takes you through both the practical and theoretical material in a logical and easy to follow sequence.

In addition, you will receive one-on-one Skype sessions with our trainer and assessor to help you prepare for assessments.  In these Skype sessions you will have the opportunity to ask questions, demonstrate your treatments and receive immediate feedback, all in the comfort of your own home.


There will be a mix of knowledge-checks, theory assessments and practical assessments. Knowledge-checks will be completed as you go through the online lessons. Theory assessments will be completed via our online platform, cloud assess. You will also have Skype sessions with your course coach to demonstrate understanding and competency.

At the final stage of the course, you will be required to complete supervised practical training hours.  You must complete 60 – 150 clinical hours (depending on your qualification) in one of our Primary clinics (Sunshine Coast, Brisbane or Gold Coast), or some of your training through a Virtual or Secondary clinic (North Sydney, Melbourne).

As the majority of your training, assessment and support is delivered online, you’re required to have a computer or tablet with internet capability to access the program.  Your computer or tablet should also have a camera to allow you to participate in your one-on-one Skype sessions.  In addition, we recommend a good quality massage table.  Firm ‘n’ Fold or Athlegen have a wide range of quality tables.  For more individualised advice please speak to your course coach.

Q Academy will provide you with on oil bottle and holster as well as a student uniform shirt for you to wear during your on-campus clinic training.

12 months (1 year) for HLT42015 Certificate IV of Massage Therapy Online, and up to 24 months (2 years) for the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Online. This is based on our recommended schedule, to help you stay on track and complete your assessment milestones on-time. The course is self-paced, so it is possible to move through the program quicker.

Our online courses represent great value for money. For eligible students, funding options may be available to cover the full cost of eligible courses. For more information, see our course fees page.

The HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage are both nationally recognised qualifications. They have been designed to meet all of the VET quality framework guides.

NETQ’s courses are recognised by leading industry association, Massage & Myotherapy Australia (MMA). Graduates of this course may apply for membership with any of these associations, after graduation, once they have received their Record of Results.

At the time of writing NETQ’s HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage Online course is eligible for a provider number with the majority of health funds. Medibank Private and HCF stipulate their own education requirements for the HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage to receive a provider number. All massage courses delivered via distance education, remotely or online do not meet their criteria. Therefore, NETQ’s HLT52015Diploma of Remedial Massage Online is not Medibank and HCF compliant. This means that NETQ’s graduates will not be eligible to offer healthcare rebates for members of Medibank Private and HCF but are eligible to offer healthcare rebates for members of most other health funds and utilise HICAPS for those eligible health funds. If being a Medibank Private and HCF rebate provider is a key objective, then we strongly advise studying Q Academy’s on-campus HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage, which is fully Medibank Private and HCF compliant.

We start a new online group on the first Monday of every month.

You do not need to do the face-to-face component immediately; we have various times throughout the year that you can book to complete your training hours. If you would prefer to complete all of your clinic hours in one complete block, or break it up, we can be flexible. You can not graduate until you have demonstrated your new skills, so we will always do our best to find a time that suits you. Our south-east Queensland campuses are conveniently located – in cities with no shortage of affordable accomodation near the beach.

As an online student, we understand that you may need to make travel plans to complete your on-campus supervised training hours.  We would like to make this as easy as possible for you, in order to ensure that you can complete your clinic hours at the destination and time of your choosing. In order to do that, we require at least 2 months notice to book you into our busy clinic(s)!

You can transfer into our full time face-to-face program or Flexible part time on-campus programs at any time, just call your nearest campus and talk to your Career Specialist to book in. You might need to adjusted your payments to match our on-campus fees for our on-campus program depending on what you paid for the on-line course.

We ask that you please decide carefully before enrolling in the online course as the terms and conditions are not the same as for our on-campus courses.  Any online course(s) that are purchased at a discount to our Standard fees are not eligible for a refund.  If you have paid the Standard Fee for any part or all of the online course(s) and received access we do not then give refunds if you simply change your mind, or for any other reason subject to the below. In the event that Q Academy is unable to provide online access to the online course for a period of fourteen (14) continuous days, Q Academy will provide a refund for any portion of the course that was paid for, and not yet accessed, with 1 year of purchase. However, Q Academy shall not provide such a refund in the event that it is unable toprovide on-line access to the on-line course due to the event of any strike, lockout, trade dispute, accident, fire, tempest, natural catastrophe, breakdown, riot, theft, crime, civil disturbance, war, force majeure, legislation and the inability of Q Academy to procure necessary materials due to any of the foregoing causes, or any other occurrence preventing or retarding performance of the delivery of on-line access to the on-line course and no responsibility shall be attached to Q Academy for any delay, default, loss or damage due to any of the above causes or to any other cause beyond the control of Q Academy.

All refunds made will be paid at the maximum rate of $500.00 per month until the full refund amount has been paid to the Studetn by the Academy.

No refund is available for a student that fails to meet the competency required to complete the course.

NetQ’s refund and cancellation policy is in addition to your statutory rights under the Trade Practices Act and other applicable laws.

For our VSL students:

If you withdraw before a census date, you will not incur tuition fees for the course or part of the course, to which the census day applies.

This applies to all of the tuition fees for the course or part of the course to which the census day relates and includes VET Student Loan fees, Gap Fees and upfront payment for tuition. Material fee is non-refundable if materials have been received.

The QA Course Withdrawal Form will be dated on the date it is received by the office and notice will be supplied in writing to the student including confirmation of if the student has incurred a debt for the unit, course or part of a course.

No, HLTAID003 Apply First Aid must be done via an on-campus program, it cannot be completed via distance.  You are welcome to visit one of our campuses in South East Queensland to complete this training.

Alternatively, you may choose to seek a course in your local area.  You cannot complete your program without this competency so please ensure you have a plan in place to complete your first aid training prior to your student clinic commencement date.

Your course fees do not include the required First Aid units.