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Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage (Level 6)


Course details


In this programme, you will learn to work within the scope of practice defined by remedial massage, as well as wellness and relaxation massage.

This qualification can be done full-time or part-time and is run in a blended/online learning environment at our Rotokauri Campus. Your clinical hours are completed onsite in our affiliated clinics, and module practical days are set up in block sessions. This has been designed to allow you to fit your studies around work and life commitments and limit the need to travel often. As massage is a hands-on therapy, you will be required to come onto campus from time to time for certain practical elements of the course that cannot be completed online.

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View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
SPHP601Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation615SPHP501 
SPHP607Sport and Exercise Psychology615

SPHP507 or


SPHP610Research Methods615  
MASS601Neuromuscular Therapy615  
MASS602Massage Therapy for Pathology615  
MASS603Massage for Physical Performance615  
MASS604Applied Clinical Practice630  

Career/further opportunities

On completing this programme, graduates will be able to work within the scope of practice defined by remedial massage and wellness and relaxation massage. Graduates will be able to communicate and refer with other massage therapists, allied health, wellness and medical professionals for those specialist services.

Graduates will be capable of working independently in an unsupervised and autonomous self-managing capacity, such as at a home-based or mobile massage therapy clinic; a community-based massage therapy clinic; a multi-disciplinary clinic; or in sports settings.

This programme can lead into a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy, or further study in the areas of aroma science, reflexology or beauty and spa therapy. 


Entry criteria

General academic admission

Applicants are required to have completed
a) Level 5 Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage or
b) A Comparable Level 5 qualification in Massage and/or suitable industry experience.  

Special admission 

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable likelihood of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special Admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. 

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of [6.0] in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than [5.5]; or equivalent.

Safety check

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and Wintec Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks. These will include but are not limited to; 

  • A Formal Interview 
  • Referee Checks 
  • A Police Vet Check 
  • A Risk Assessment 

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.

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To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Students starting Semester 1 2023

Induction day
Date: Tuesday 7 February 2023
Time: 8.30am-3pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Whānau evening
Date: Thursday 9 February 2023
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

​Please bring a pen and notebook on your first day, and we recommend that you bring a personal device that can connect to the internet (laptop, smartphone, tablet etc).

You will also need to bring ID documents for Police vetting. Please click here for more information about the Vulnerable Children's Act, the safety checking process, and what forms of ID you need to bring.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Sport items are available throughout the year. Please ​ check with your tutor if you need to purchase anything.

Additional information


A list of all readings and required texts will be provided to you during induction.  

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



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