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Certificate in Sports Massage - ITEC Level 5

Sports Massage  

It is recommended that learners must hold a Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage or equivalent.

Learners who wish to undertake this qualification must also achieve the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage qualification or a regulated equivalent.

Aims and objectives The main aim of the VTCT (ITEC) Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide sports massage therapy treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the sports industry.

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 18 and over and is designed to provide occupational competence at level 5.

It also provides a sound platform into further training at level 5 and above.

This qualification is for learners who want to work within the sports industry. The qualification consists of 2 mandatory units with a total of 127 hours of Guided Learning (GL) to achieve the full qualification.


The main skills the learner will perform are:

• Conducting complex assessment for sports massage – to include, understanding and undertaking assessment of sports specific posture and gait, conducting complex assessment methods for sports massage and devising sports massage treatment plans from the information gathered

• Providing complex massage techniques for sports massage – to include applying complex massage techniques and providing aftercare methods to complement the complex massage techniques

Opportunities for progression

Once learners have achieved the VTCT (ITEC) Level 5 Certificate in Sports Massage they may progress on to other VTCT (ITEC) or equivalent qualifications at level from 5 for example: • Sports therapy • Sport science • Physiotherapy

Opportunities for employment

There are opportunities for a sports massage therapist to find employment in a variety of areas:

  • Gym
  • Health clubs
  • Sports facilities
  • Spa
  • Own sports massage clinic
  • Visiting practice

Relationship to National Occupational Standards

This qualification has mapped to National Occupational Standards where they exist and has ensured that best practice in the workplace has been reflected in the qualification.

This qualification is linked to the relative job roles as well as ensuring that the qualification reflects the required level of knowledge and ability for the sports massage therapist at level 5