Learn more about the Queensland Government HLS Subsidy
The Higher Level Skills (HLS) Subsidy is a Queensland Government initiative to support eligible students access subsidised training in priority qualifications. The aim is to help individuals gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or transition to university to continue their studies.
While eligible courses may be funded by the Queensland Government, students will still need to contribute to the cost of training through a co-contribution fee. Q Academy’s co-contribution fees range between $221 – $156 for eligible students. This means you could earn a nationally accredited qualification in massage for a fraction of the $3,400 course cost. Watch the video below to learn more:
Start Your Career in Massage Therapy
Interested in learning Swedish, Thai, Sports, and Seated Massage techniques? But find it challenging to attend structured classroom hours? Q Academy’s online massage course is an affordable and convenient way to earn an entry-level qualification in the massage industry.
The HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Online could allow you to work in a day spa, resort, beauty clinic, or from your own at-home or mobile clinic. Many relaxation massage therapists also set up their own at-home businesses treating family and friends or providing professional care for the local community. This could be perfect for someone looking for flexible work with a friendly work-life balance.
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12 months, self-paced at home.
The course starts on the 1st of each month, please complete the online enquiry form to get started!
English language competency, internet connection, computer or laptop with a microphone and video camera, a printer, massage table, oil, towels and friends/family to practice on!
QLD Government Subsidies
The HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Online costs $3,400 (+$109.95 materials fee). Your course fees include access to all required course material including online manuals, assessments and videos, plus one-on-one support from your online tutor. *The $109.95 materials fee is for a student kit, which includes an oil bottle and holster as well as 2 student shirts to wear during on-campus student clinic.
If you are not eligible for the Queensland Government Higher Level Skills (HLS) Subsidy, you can self-finance the course cost in four (4) equal instalments of $850.
Special Needs Massage
Anatomy & Physiology
Massage History & Origins
Client Record Keeping
Designing a Safe & Effective Massage Environment
Building & Running a Successful Massage Business
Planning for Success
Indications & Contraindication for Massage
MASSAGE ESSENTIALS COMMUNICATION
This subject sets the scene for a career in the massage industry by covering communication, goal setting, scope of practice, medical terminology, client screening, record keeping, ethics, legal considerations, occupational health and safety and symptomology of common contraindications. Students also learn how to adapt their treatment to account for the physical changes associated with older age, disability and pregnancy.
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
This module covers cells, tissues, and each of the 11 major systems of the body and their integration and control. Manual therapy requires an in-depth knowledge of bony anatomy and muscle; this subject covers bony landmarks in detail and the origin, insertion, action and innervation of 63 major muscles which a therapist could expect to be treating. The student can also expect to cover nutrition and energy systems in this module.
The full body massage sequence of 140 Swedish strokes to:
Students can use these skills to treat: pregnant women, elderly, young and special needs clients. Also included in this wide ranging practical component is corporate seated massage.
Learn the required skills and knowledge to stretch the major body muscles, both passively and actively. This allows graduates to provide home care options to clients as well as helping with injury prevention. The module also covers the use of heat and ice (thermal therapies).
Reflexology detours from our other science-based training and provides an introduction to a traditional Eastern practice of holistic health. Reflexology can either be a standalone treatment, or used in conjunction with other techniques. Potential employers often like to offer the broadest range of treatments, which we are supportive of and encourage our students to be open to varied treatments.
This is the capstone experience of the course, involving the students planning, marketing and providing over 80 clinic hours to massage the public. It also provides students with an opportunity to start building their own client base.
Learn the skills and knowledge required to provide First Aid response at the scene of an accident until emergency qualified help arrives. This component covers life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other First Aid elements.
Learn how to apply Thai Massage therapies with deep passive stretching and slow sustained compression. This is a process in which the client and therapist creating deep stretching to produce muscular release. Many clients find Thai Massage very uplifting and beneficial.
Establish and manage client relationships
Work with diverse people
Manage legal and ethical compliance
Confirm physical health status
Develop Massage Practice
Assess client massage needs
Provide massage treatment
Provide first aid
Manage the Control of Infection
Manage work health and safety
Undertake small business planning
Provide reflexology for relaxation
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
As this is an online massage therapy course, the majority of your learning will be completed online. However, all students will need to attend a Q Academy Student Clinic (Brisbane, Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast) for assessments, become the qualification can be issued. This is to ensure you have learned all that we have taught you throughout the course.
As you will be learning from home you will need to ensure you have a computer, iPad or tablet with a camera, as well as internet access. We recommend you purchase a massage table so you can practice on friends and family. If you don’t already have a table, we recommend Athlegen or Firm ‘n’ Fold. Your trainer can provide you with more advice if you would like to know more. of course, finding friends and family to practice on should be the easy part!
After completing your learning modules and assessments, you will need to complete 60 hours of clinical practice at one of our Q Academy Student Clinics based in South-East Queensland. If this is not the most convenient option for you, you can complete part of clinic hours at one of our Clinics, and the remainder at a Secondary Clinic (North Sydney or Melbourne) or through Virtual Clinic. Please note that you must complete at least 12 hours at one of our Student Clinics, and no more than 48 hours through a Virtual or Secondary Clinic. We will provide you with the equipment you need to complete your on-campus practical component, including an oil bottle, holster and student shirt when treating at the Clinic.
All of the course content is presented in a digital manual, and classes presented in short video format by an experienced trainer and assessor. You will be taken through both the practical and theoretical material in an easy to follow, logical sequence.
You will also receive one-on-one sessions with a trainer and assessor via Skype, which will help you prepare for practical and theory assessments. You will have the ability in these Skype sessions to ask any questions, demonstrate your learnings and treatments, and receive real-time feedback, without ever needing to leave the house.
Brisbane: 20 Chester St, Newstead, QLD 4006
Gold Coast: Level 1, Robina Town Centre, QLD 4230
Sunshine Coast: 64C Aerodrome Road, Maroochydore, QLD 4558
Sydney North: Healthspace, 45/117 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW 2100
Melbourne: Contagious Enthusiasm, 362 Hampton Street, Hampton, VIC 3188
Melbourne: Contagious Enthusiasm, 75 Parkers Road, Parkdale, VIC 3195
If you are eligible for the Queensland Government Higher Level Skills (HLS) Subsidy you could earn a Nationally Accredited qualification in massage starting from $156! All students are required to pay a co-contribution fee:
Non-Concessional Fee: $221
To find out if you are eligible, please visit our subsidies page or get in contact with one of our friendly team members.
If you are not eligible for the Subsidy, the HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Online costs $3,400 +$10.95 material fee. There are two finance options available:
1) Self-finance the cost of the course. Pay four (4) instalments of $850. There will also be a $109.95 material fee upon enrolment for your student shirts, oil, oil bottle and holster.
Free Trial of our Online Massage Course
Are you unsure if online study is right for you? Why not do a free trial of an online lesson? See how our lessons are presented, and pick up a few skills along the way! Try out your new skills on friends or family – we’re sure they’ll enjoy it too!
Once you are qualified, there are a number of directions you can go career-wise. In fact, with a greater emphasis on active lifestyles and wellbeing today, there are some exciting opportunities for massage therapists. Many therapists choose to work in beauty and wellness, while others go into private practice. It is also possible to work at a multi-modality clinic alongside physios, osteos and chiropractors. We encourage our students and graduates to consult our job board to check for the latest industry-related career opportunities. We also have a guide available for download, which showcases some of the potential career options for massage graduates.