CIBTAC Certificate in Sports Massage

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

The Level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage is a substantial internationally recognised vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a sports therapy practitioner, or add to your current profile of skills. It offers an ideal starting point for anyone wanting to work within the field of sports therapy with progression routes through level 4 and 5

Throughout this qualification you will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide sports massage treatments using alternative massage movements, knowledge of tissue manipulation and appropriate treatments with the use of ice/heat. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with your clients.


Course Structure

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

  • Health and Safety including Spa Environment and professional image
  • Consultation including possible injuries
  • Contra-indications that prevent or restrict treatment (requiring medical permission)
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Theory of sports massage
  • Theory of nutrition for sports massage
  • Preparation for treatment including selection of treatment specific products
  • Performance of treatment routine and processes including various techniques and knowledge 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 to suit 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 210 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 full treatment plans and assignments.

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



The examination is by an independent CIBTAC examiner, who will spend 15 minutes before each exam with specific instructions.

The completed, fully marked and graded portfolio evidence of assignments has to be submitted 2 weeks prior to examinations.

For the Certificate in Sports Massage there will be a 1 hour 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)


Course fees

£1,500 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 Certificate in Sports Massage £77. Payable 3 months prior to examination date, non-refundable. Payable to CIBTAC.

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