CIBTAC Award in Body Massage

This CIBTAC Award in Body Massage qualification is designed to ensure you have all the necessary skills to work professionally in the International Spa Environment as a massage therapist.

This qualification contains the essential information required to understand anatomy and physiology linked to body massage.

The Level 3 Award in Massage is a internationally recognised vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a massage therapist, or add to your current profile of skills.

Throughout this qualification you will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide relaxing massage treatments using classical Swedish massage movements. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with your clients. Health and safety practice in the spa provides awareness to the learner of potential risks and hazards within the spa environment knowing how to identify them and the responsibilities and procedures to deal with them.

Course Structure

In this course you will study a variety of modules covering:

  • Health and Safety including Spa Environment and professional image
  • Consultation including skin and postural analysis
  • Contra-indications that prevent or restrict treatment (requiring medical permission)
  • Anatomy and physiology including 11 systems of the body
  • Preparation for treatment including selection of treatment specific products
  • Performance of treatment routine and processes including various techniques and knowledge and application of massage movements
  • How to conclude with home-care and aftercare advice including retail sales and further treatments.


Hours of Study

The Modules can be accessed in your own time frame, and can be revisited as often as you require ensuring your learning is embedded. To meet the CIBTAC requirement the minimum hours of study must be 106 hours.



The believe online virtual education system will assess you in each aspect of your learning by using a quiz that will be graded immediately.

You must produce a portfolio of evidence including 4 full treatment plans covering 2 full body massages.

To assist you in preparing for the examination the assessor will meet with you for practical assistance developing your techniques.



The examination will be held by a CIBTAC examiner, who will spend 15 minutes before each exam with specific instructions.

The portfolio must be available for the Examiner.

For the Award in Provide Body Massage there will be a 45 minute multiple choice written paper, including health and safety, anatomy and treatment knowledge and a separate 1 hour practical exam.


Equipment/Tools required

Massage couch & trolley

Range of massage mediums (oil, cream, talc)

Infra-red/Hot towels


Course fees

£1,000 payable to believe LTD, which is through online secure payment method.

CIBTAC lifetime registration fee is £25 this is a one off payment, that covers you for all future courses. Payable on enrolment to CIBTAC.

CIBTAC examination fees for the Caribbean from 1st September 2015 to 1st September 2016 Level 3 Award in Body Massage £64. Payable 3 months prior to examination date, non-refundable. Payable to CIBTAC.

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