Active IQ Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
The aim of the Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to treat and/or seek to correct common patterns of dysfunction and pre-diagnosed injuries.
Learners must hold the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy or equivalent.
Learners must complete three mandatory units to achieve the full Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy qualification (19 credits).
- Portfolio of Evidence.
- Practical Demonstration/Assignment.
This qualification provides progression on to further specialist training in sports massage and routes into fitness instructing.
Links to National Occupational Standards
There are links to the NOS in sports massage.
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
The CNHC was established with government support to regulate a range of complementary therapies, including sports therapy. The CNHC is a voluntary regulator and its key function is to enhance public protection.
There are a number of professional associations which allow their members to access the CNHC voluntary register, each with their own membership requirements. Active IQ believes that it should be the responsibility of each individual training provider to affiliate themselves with one or more of these associations if they so require.
Active IQ learners receive a nationally recognised qualification which has been supported by Skills for Health and will be able to access insurance to practice, but they may need to meet additional requirements if they wish to gain access to one of the professional associations and the CNHC voluntary register. Further details about the CNHC and their associated membership bodies can be found at www.cnhc.org.uk.
Professional associations (PAs)
There are a number of professional associations (PAs) that offer membership to qualified (post graduate) sports massage therapists.
Individual PAs often have their own membership entry requirements that can include such as :
- A minimum period of time over which a course/qualification is completed.
- The method of course delivery.
- A logbook to evidence student practise hours.
- A First Aid qualification.
- An annual log of Continuing Professional Development hours (CPD).This list is not necessarily complete and learners are advised to check the requirements of a specific PA they may like to join post qualification.