New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 19 June

2020 Semester 2: 06 July to 06 November


One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120


  • To gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working, or further training, in the Massage industry with emphasis on remedial massage.
  • To provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies in Massage.
  • To provide massage education programmes that will enhance the knowledge base, skills and professionalism of those working or intending to work in the Massage industry, especially in the area of remedial massage.
  • To produce dedicated, professional practitioners who hold a qualification, which is well regarded by employers in the Massage industry.


GEN200  Research and Statistics

MT6210  Pathology for Massage Practitioners

MT6225  Massage for Physical performance

MT6240  Clinical Reasoning and Funcational Assessment

MT6250  Clinical Practice I

MT6251  Clinical Practice II

MT6270  Therapeutics II

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 direct material costs of $1086 (GST Inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

Graduates of this diploma will be qualified to work as remedial massage therapists in a broad range of remedial massage settings.

Settings include:


  • home-based massage therapy or mobile clinics
  • community based massage therapy clinics
  • multi-disciplinary clinics
  • sports settings.


All Applicants
Successful completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), or the first year of the Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage, or an equivalent  programme of study to NZQA Level 5.

Additional Criteria
Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent by SIT to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department or Programme Manager delegate. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website. Applicants are asked to make a confidential declaration as to whether or not they have prior criminal convictions, and are advised at the time of the request for information that a prior conviction may not necessarily exclude them from admission.

In addition, the following requirements also apply to applicants in all admissions and categories.

  • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview or if they live at some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview and must produce copies of applicable certificates and/or evidence of prior achievements before interviews.
  • Applicants are required to provide two confidential references from people who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation, and is suitable to work with vulnerable clients.
  • Applicants must have a level of health and abilities commensurate with achieving practice competencies in the programme.  Applicants are required to complete a health declaration and further reports may be requested with the consent of the applicant.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency  Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS Test: Academic  Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test pBT  Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet-based test iBT Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations FCE or FCE for schools or CAE or CPE with a score of 169.No less than 162 in each skill.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic PToE Academic  with score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 66
  • NZCEL Level 4  with the Academic endorsement 
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:
  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or passed one of the English language tests listed above.

The head of faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in this programme.  If there are more applicants than places available, students will be selected primarily on academic ability. 

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6).

Please Note: Students failing to attend for 80% of the timetabled programme hours may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement