Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy
Pre-requisites: Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy (must be ITEC/VTCT/ActiveIQ/YMCA completed within the past 5 years)
The main aim of the ITEC/VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge to provide Sports Massage Therapy to the general public, gain employment within the sport and fitness industry and to enrich Practitioners’ understanding of advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of Sports Massage. It includes roles such as restorative and corrective massage using a range of basic and advanced techniques. Practitioners will also learn how to plan and evaluate Sports Massage treatments to inform the provision of future treatments.
To ensure our graduates are 'ahead of the game' within the Sports Massage industry, we go above and beyond the normal Sports Massage syllabus and include a wider range of myofascial and soft tissue techniques.
Level 3 Sports Massage qualification or if you do not have a level 3 Sports Massage qualification, you can book both together, please click here for full details.
You will also need to complete VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage. This qualification will be provided for you free of charge, however, completion (online) is compulsory.
The main skills you will learn are:
Advanced Massage Techniques
Soft Tissue Manipulation*
Soft Tissue Release
Trigger Point Therapy*
Myofascial Postural Restructuring*
Muscle Energy Techniques
Clinical Orthopedic Assessments
Hot and Cold Therapy
Sports Injuries and Soft Tissue Dysfunction
* Unique to AHG
Scope of Qualification (Practice)
At level 4, a Sports massage therapist’s role includes planning, providing and evaluating sport massage treatments. Treatments in context: sports massage can be carried out for pre, post, inter, maintenance, restorative and corrective purposes (focus on muscle and paratendon pathologies), using a range of basic and advanced massage techniques.
Scope of practice includes working on dysfunctional tissue, postural issues and on recent non-acute injuries or with pre-existing conditions.
In addition to the course dates below, 2 additional days will be required for skills consolidation and VTCT exam/assessment, once all the home study and 100 hours case studies have been completed. The Level 4 course consists of 13 days in class, plus two additional consolidation and assessment days. In addition to this you will be required to attend approximately 40 hours of online Zoom theory lessons*, and obtain 100 hours of case studies (many of which completed in our student clinic). There is also approximately 300 hours of home study on our online classroom to complete. (You will need access to the internet, and a PC or Laptop with Word/PDF reader). Total Qualification Time: 560 hours - this meets the standard for CNHC Sports Massage Registration). *We have a flexible online schedule to support our learners.
All AHG courses come with an expiry date, which means that you have up till your expiry date to complete your course. Level 4 students have 12 months to complete their course starting from their first day in class.
As a private training provider we do not receive government funding. We also do not accept Advanced Learner Loans.
Course fees can be paid with a £400 deposit, and equal, interest-free monthly instalments over the duration of the practical training. If you opt to pay your course fee in full at the time of booking, you will receive a 10% discount. Course fees vary and can be found next to the relevant course dates.
2021 Course Dates
WKD0221: 20/21 February; 20/21 March; 17/18 April; 15/16 May; 19/20 June; 17/18 July; 14 August. - Course fee: £1295.00
MON0221: 22 - 26 February; 22 - 26 March; 19 - 21 April. Course fee: £1395.00
2020 Dates are now full. A waiting list is available for October dates.
Weekends - SM40620: 6th/7th June; 4th/5th July; 1st/2nd August; 5th/6th Sept; 3rd/4th Oct; 31st Oct/1st Nov; 5th/6th Dec, 16/17th Jan, 2021. FULL
Weekends: 10th/11th Oct; 7/8 November; 12/13 December; 23/24 Jan; 27/28 Feb; 27/28 March. FULL
Weekdays: MON1020: 12th - 16th October; 9th - 13th November; 7th/8th December. FULL