CIBTAC Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage Massage

This CIBTAC Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage Massage qualification is designed to ensure you have all the necessary skills to work professionally in the International Spa Environment as a Lymphatic Drainage Therapist

This qualification has a pre-requisite of an internationally recognised Anatomy and Physiology Qualification. The believe CIBTAC Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology is recommended

The Level 3 Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage Massage is a internationally recognised vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a Therapist, or add to your current profile of skills. Throughout this qualification you will develop a range of classical massage movements enabling you to provide relaxing Lymphatic Drainage Massage to suit the client condition.  You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with your clients. This course includes business practices covering business law, employment, marketing, public relations and communications skills in the complementary sector. Another aspect of the course is principles and practices of complementary therapy. The aim of this module will introduce you to the historical factors and theoretical background for complementary therapies. It will provide knowledge of the main legislative influences of working within the industry as well as assist in developing knowledge of the key aspects of good clinical practice.


Course Structure

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

  • Health and Safety including Spa Environment and professional image
  • Consultation including previous medical history
  • Contra-indications that prevent or restrict treatment (requiring medical permission)
  • Related anatomy and physiology
  • Principles and Practices of Complementary Therapy
  • Business practices for Complementary therapies
  • Preparation for treatment
  • Performance of treatment routine and processes including various techniques and knowledge of lymph drainage movements
  • How to conclude with aftercare, home-care advice and retail advice


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 270 hours, excluding A&P.



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

There is a requirement for you to complete a portfolio of the following assignments:

  • Complementary assignment one
  • Complementary assignment two
  • Complementary assignment six
  • Health, safety and hygiene for Complementary therapies

After the pre-requisite of Anatomy and Physiology has been completed and passed with a 60% pass grade, dates will be convened for your practical training in Lymphatic Drainage Massage. Once this training has been completed you will have time to complete the case studies and treatments to practise at work/home. When ready you will return to complete the examination.



The examination is by an independent CIBTAC examiner, who will spend 15 minutes before each exam with specific instructions. There will be a 1 hour 30 minute multiple choice written, paper including health and safety, anatomy and treatment knowledge and a separate 1 hour 15 minute practical exam.

The Lymphatic Drainage Massage practical will be taught after the anatomy and physiology written exam. You will then produce a portfolio of evidence including case studies of 5 clients treated 3 times. Reflective practice diary for must be written up on 3 case studies in all of the treatments.

The portfolio must be available for the Examiner.


Equipment/Tools required

Massage couch & trolley

Range of carrier oils


Course fees

£850 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 Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage Massage £102. Payable 3 months prior to examination date, non-refundable. Payable to CIBTAC.

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