Choosing a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

FAQs to consider when choosing a RTO to study massage:

Please note :  Massage & Myotherapy Australia would like to bring to the attention of potential students when considering any form of coursework from an RTO, a Massage & Myotherapy Australia Approved Provider or any provider of education,  when registering for any course or workshop,  members read the terms and conditions thoroughly BEFORE registering and ask any questions about results, certification, refunds etc prior to payment.



Are they a Registered Training Organisation?

The current qualification from the National Health Training Package from an RTO is required for eligibility for membership and also for Approved Provider Status with the Private Health Funds. There are many ‘colleges’ that are not RTOs teaching courses that claim to be from the National Health Training Package. This can be checked by searching for them on the National Training Information Service website (

What is an accepted Qualification for membership?

The education criteria for Membership and for Approved Provider Status is:

Massage Member

Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

(HLT40302/HLT40307/HLT40312/HLT42015 )

Remedial Member

Diploma of Remedial Massage


 Advanced Member

21920VIC/ 21511VIC /  22248VIC / 22316VIC Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy / 10052NAT Advanced Diploma of Health Science (Soft Tissue Therapy) / 30844QLD Advanced Diploma of Musculoskeletal Therapy / Bachelor of Health Science (Musculoskeletal Therapy) / Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Myotherapy) ; Bachelor of Health (Myotherapy)

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Note: Not all Private Health Funds pay a benefit for a Massage (CertIV level).

Which colleges meet the Medibank and HCF education criteria and will be accepted  for Approved Provider Status?

It is the responsibility of the RTO to deliver their education under these conditions and meet the criteria. Inquiries should be directed to the RTO. RTOs are aware of the education criteria as set by Medibank and HCF, which includes:

  • Direct entry into Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT50307,HLT52015)
  • Must not include any components of the Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice (HLT40302/07/12)
  • The Diploma of Remedial Massage is delivered over a minimum duration period of 12 months for full-time study and 18 months for part-time study
  • Study must be completed on campus. Online or distance education is not accepted.
  • The Diploma of Remedial Massage must contain a minimum of 20% of the course as clinical training conducted on campus and supervised by a trainer with appropriate qualifications. Supervised clinic hours must be conducted on Campus as per the HLT Training package.
  • The following practical components are to be studied on campus:
    • Surface anatomy
    • Palpation
    • Clinical examination
    • Assessment of conditions
    • Treatment plans
    • Tactile therapies
    • Massage techniques and other associated therapeutics and techniques


Note:  Completing components in private clinics and/or shop fronts is not considered student clinical practicum hours or training.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) must meet the minimum duration period for the Diploma of Remedial Massage as indicated above.
The following RTOs have met the due diligence conducted by the AAMT for the above criteria. As some RTOs have blended learning. AAMT membership applicants must include a letter from their RTO indicating they meet the Education Criteria .





HCF will not accept qualifications received from Holistic Education as of November 2012.

Is the study by long distance, face-to-face (on-campus) or a combination of both?

The mode of study will affect eligibility for Approved Provider Status with the Private Health Funds. Private Health Funds will not accept qualifications that are gained completely via long-distance learning.

Does the RTO have a student clinic or do they expect students to find a clinic to complete their clinical practice hours?

Private Health Funds do not accept qualifications where clinical practice hours are obtained off-campus. Private Health Funds require clinical practical hours to be completed in an on-campus student clinic.

How long will it take to complete a Diploma of Remedial Massage?

Some of the Private Health Funds will not accept a qualification that is completed in less than 12 months duration (full-time) or 18 months (part-time).

What does it cost to complete the Diploma of Remedial Massage?

Massage & Myotherapy Australia recommends potential students ‘shop’ around for an RTO as the prices may vary from RTO to RTO. However, potential students must keep in mind the above factors, mode of delivery, duration of course and clinic hours.

Does Massage & Myotherapy Australia recommend specific RTOs?

Massage & Myotherapy Australia is unable to recommend one RTO over another. The Association relies on the National Training Information Service and information obtained from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) regarding RTOs registration.