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HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage~

Allied Health & Massage

Next intake July 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Duration Part-time: 12 Months

Course description

New program delivery.

Clinical training two evenings a week + one afternoon tutorial

We know balancing work, life and study commitments is challenging, so we hope this new program will allow you to reach your career goal of becoming a remedial therapist and get the work balance right. The course covers sports, therapeutic, relaxation, remedial techniques, and postural assessment.
Practical massage training is delivered on campus two evenings per week. These sessions assist you in planning, applying, and assessing soft tissue massage techniques for the healthcare and allied health industries. This will provide you with 200 hours of hands-on clinical experience.

These sessions assist you in planning, applying, and assessing soft tissue massage techniques for the healthcare and allied health industries.

The on-campus tutorial session will be delivered on the same day as the clinical session. It will support your progression through the online theory components of the course that you will cover in your own time. The theoretical elements include human anatomy and physiology, massage theory, medical terminology, business practice, client communication, and working safely and ethically in healthcare and wellness environments.

Upon completion, you are also assured of your eligibility to register with peak massage industry associations. 

Work placement/industry experience

Work placement is not required in this course but recommended, organised by The Gordon. *If placement is undertaken, please note that you may be required to travel outside of your usual training location to attend placement. This may include other regional areas or suburbs of Melbourne.

~ This course is in transition.

The course code, title, units and content may change in future. Further information will be provided on The Gordon website, upon enrolment and/or during the course of your training.

Possible career outcomes

  • Remedial massage therapist
  • Specialist in sports massage
  • Specialist in therapeutic massage

Wondering if this industry will suit you?

We have created a very short course quiz to help you gain a little more understanding of what is required and whether you might enjoy a role in this industry. Take the quiz here.

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Apr 2024
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class NightMon 5 - 8.30 pm & Wed 1 - 8.30 pm
Part-time: 12 Months  Apply  


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

Students will develop their practical skills at the Geelong City campus 1 afternoon and 2 x evenings per week. A blended delivery model for the theoretical aspects of the course will require students to complete between 5-10 hours per week of self-paced study outside of the classroom hours.


  • Applicants are expected to have literacy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 4 and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Units Code Hours
Adapt remedial massage treatments to meet specific needs HLTMSG006 120
Analyse and respond to client health information HLTAAP003 60
Assess client massage needs HLTMSG002 150
Develop massage practice HLTMSG001 40
Engage with health professionals and the health system CHCPRP005 40
Establish and manage client relationships CHCCOM006 35
Manage legal and ethical compliance CHCLEG003 80
Manage the prevention and control of infection HLTINF004 50
Manage work health and safety HLTWHS004 40
Monitor and evaluate remedial massage treatments HLTMSG008 30
Perform remedial massage musculoskeletal assessments HLTMSG003 240
Provide massage treatments HLTMSG004 150
Provide remedial massage treatments HLTMSG005 240
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003 120
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Elective Units Code Hours
Adapt remedial massage practice for athletes HLTMSG007 60
Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately BSBMED301 60
Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS006 25
Market the small business BSBSMB403 50
Undertake small business planning BSBSMB404 50


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Hands-on projects
  • Written assignments
  • Team projects

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Standard Tuition AUD $6.99 per hour 1698 AUD $11,869.00 AUD $10,578.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $12.93 per hour 1698 AUD $21,955.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Materials AUD $640.00 Once
Excursion AUD $18.00 Once
Printing AUD $20.00 Once
Education Levy AUD $254.70
Resources AUD $100.00 Once


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $18,097

Payment plans may be available for students who are not eligible for a VET Student Loan.

VET Student Loan

To be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan, applicants will be required to:

  • undertake an independent assessment test to ensure they possess Level 3 in reading and numeracy, or
  • provide their Year 12 certificate, or
  • provide evidence of completion of a Certificate IV or above.

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University

Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 10/04/2024 12:00:14 PM