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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

Module CodeModule NameLevelCredits Pre-Requisites Co-Requisites
SPHP601Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation 615SPHP501
SPHP607Sport and Exercise Psychology 615
SPHP507 or equivalent
SPHP610Research methods615  
MASS601Neuromuscular Therapy615  
MASS602Massage Therapy for Pathology 615  
MASS603Massage for Physical Performance 615  
MASS604Applied Clinical Practice615  

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 admission

Applicants must hold one of the following:
  1. New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), or
  2. a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 4 or above, or
  3. a recognised equivalent.

Special admission 

Anyone who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements is eligible for Special Admission. We work with ākonga (learners) to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

Discretionary admission

Anyone who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

Additional requirements

In order to ensure that an applicant is able to fully participate in the programme, including the clinical learning experience, the additional requirements specified below must be met in addition to academic admission requirements. 
Applicants must provide:

  • A declaration indicating a level of health and abilities commensurate with achieving practice competencies in the programme; further reports may be requested with the consent of the applicant.
  • A declaration of all existing or pending criminal convictions.
  • Consent to undergo a Police Vet Check.

Note: A prior conviction may not necessarily exclude an applicant from admission. In the case of a prior conviction, a discussion will be held with the applicant regarding implications for programme enrolment and completion and subsequent employment as a massage therapist. Information gathered regarding offences may be shared with a host organisation for the purposes of a practicum placement. Any gaps in the information provided by the applicant for any of the above may be followed up with a formal interview and/or further referee checks. Any unsatisfactory result arising from any of the above may result in the applicant being precluded/declined entry to the programme of study.

English language requirements

Applicants for whom English or te reo Māori is not a first language need to provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme. International applicants are required to have an IELTS (General or Academic) score of 6 with no individual band lower than 5.5 from a single test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

Do not meet the entry criteria or need more information?


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To check what you need to gain direct 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.

Semester 1 2024

Whānau evening
Date: Monday 19 February 2024
Time: 4pm-6pm
Venue: Q Block foyer, Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance, Rotokauri Campus

Induction day
Date: Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February 2024
Time: 9am-3pm
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 - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about 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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