This section contains information about the Association of Massage Therapists (AMT), including AMT’s governance structure, standards and key publications.
This section includes information about continuing education and health funds. Check out the practice resources link for helpful clinic templates, fact sheets and promotional material.
This section contains details about AMT's membership criteria, downloadable membership application forms and some background info on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for prospective members who do not hold a current, Australian qualification.
This section includes a searchable database for members of the public seeking a qualified massage therapist and helpful information about what questions to ask when making an appointment.
AMT Web Classifieds is a free service to AMT members.
Non-members can also take out an advertisement in the classifieds section. There is a fee of $35.00 for advertisements of up to 75 words. Please phone AMT Head Office on 02 9211 2441 for rates for larger ads.
You can submit your copy online by emailing it directly to Head Office Please include a contact phone number and address with your email and your AMT membership number if applicable. Ads will be published for two months.
Please note: AMT members who wish to take out an advertisement in the classified need to be either the owner of the business or the practice manager. We will only advertise massage-related goods and services, and other relevant notices. We cannot advertise the private clinics of individual AMT members.
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Massage therapy is a rewarding and interesting profession. It offers full and part-time employment opportunities.
Massage Therapists are currently being employed in:
A significant proportion of Massage Therapists are self-employed, operating their own clinic sand businesses.
To massage effectively and with care, a Massage Therapist requires theoretical knowledge of the structure and function of the body, practical training in applied massage therapy techniques and the following personal attributes:
Income varies according to level of qualification and area of specialisation. Currently Massage Therapists employed by other specialists can earn between $20 and $50 per hour. Self-employed therapists can earn between $40 and $90 per hour.
If you are serious about a career in Massage Therapy, you will need to study at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). RTOs offer courses that are government accredited and nationally recognised.
In 2002, National Competency Standards were introduced for Massage Therapy as part of the Health Training Package.
The current, nationally-recognised qualifications for Massage Therapy are the HLT40312 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice and the HLT50307 Diploma of Remedial Massage. There are also nationally recognised qualifications in Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage (Tui Na) and Shiatsu. For information on which courses are recognised for membership of AMT, please go here.
RTOs vary widely in educational content and delivery hours. Courses offered through the TAFE system tend to be longer and more comprehensive but there are many, reputable private colleges offering quality training too. To search for qualifications and RTOs, please visit http://www.myskills.gov.au.
AMT does not recommend courses that are delivered via distance learning.
Below is a checklist of important considerations when researching an appropriate place to study:
Be wary of Colleges that claim that they can fast-track your education or those that set up dodgy-sounding Associations to accredit their courses. eg The International Body Pounding School of Massage Therapy is Accredited with The International Body Pounding Association and is a founding member. If in doubt, ask how many members the Association has and how long they have been in existence.
For more information or advice, please contact AMT on 02 9211 2441.
We’re pleased to announce that AMT’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 5pm on May 6 in Perth. We will also be hosting two one-day workshops around the AGM - Jenny Richardson will present her well-received workshop from last year’s AMT conference,"Tricky Tarsals". Colin Rossie will then present "Working the nerves of the lower limb".
On May 28, the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) announced its intention to establish a scheme it refers to as ‘AAMT Certification’.
AMT is currently offering a special deal to therapists transferring from another association. Transfer to AMT now and we will give you an extra three months on your first year of membership with us. This means that if you join in June 2016 you won’t need to renew until September 2017.