Levels of training in New Zealand
We have three levels as detailed below - each level requires 1200 hours of study; ie: Level 5 - 1,200 hours; Level 6 - 2,400 and Level 7 - 3,600 hours.
Specific outcomes as detailed by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) are listed below. Please look at these and ascertain which level you believe your qualification would best align with. We need supporting documentation, a transcript of your academic record, a brief description of the subjects studied as well as the hours/time frame of your qualification.
If this is not provided we will be unable to process your request.
If we discover that your overseas qualification is difficult to transfer for membership purposes then we may need to refer you to NZQA's Qualifications Recognition Services.
NZQA's Qualifications Recognition Services assesses qualifications awarded outside of New Zealand. The service determines whether overseas qualifications can be recognised in New Zealand and if so, then provides a comparison between the overseas qualification and the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Here is detailed information about the service. Follow the online application process here.
Level 5 - New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage
Strategic purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the health sector and massage therapy industry with people who can provide wellness and relaxation massage therapy services.
Graduates will be able to work within the scope of practice defined by wellness and relaxation massage. Graduates will communicate and refer with remedial massage therapists, allied health, wellness and medical professionals for those specialist services.
Graduates will be capable of working independently.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of human functioning and apply knowledge to wellness and relaxation massage therapy practice.
Level 6 - New Zealand Diploma in Remedial Massage
Strategic purpose statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the health sector and massage therapy industry with people who can provide remedial massage therapy services. Graduates will be able to work within the scope of practice defined by remedial massage and wellness and relaxation massage. Graduates will 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
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of biomedical, behavioural, educational, and social science bases of healthcare and apply knowledge to appropriately treat a variety of musculoskeletal and other system conditions.
- Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate remedial massage therapy interventions to address musculoskeletal dysfunction.
- Demonstrate research literacy and apply evidence-based learning to inform clinical judgements and intervention strategies and maintain currency of massage therapy practice.
- Select and apply a range of professional, self-management, communication and client service knowledge and skills to meet remedial massage therapy client and industry needs.
Level 7 - Bachelor's Degree Qualification
NZQA states that
A Bachelor's Degree provides individuals with a systematic and coherent introduction to a body of knowledge of a recognised major subject as well as to problem-solving and associated basic techniques of self-directed work and learning. A Bachelor's Degree involves at least one sequential study programme in which content is progressively developed such that it might form a basis for postgraduate study and/or professional practice. Bachelor's Degrees are taught mainly by people engaged in research.
A graduate of a Bachelor's Degree is able to:
- Demonstrate intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour
- Engage in self-directed learning
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to the ideas, principles, concepts, chief research methods and problem-solving techniques of a recognised major subject
- Demonstrate the skills needed to acquire, understand and assess information from a range of sources
- Demonstrate communication and collaborative skills.