Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

The Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is at level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework.


Guided learning hours = 225  Total qualification time = 370  Credits = 37

Entry Requirements

  • There are no specific entry requirements.

  • There is an element of communication involved (discussing, presenting, reading and writing) and learners should have basic skills in communication pitched at level 3.

  • Performing sports massage is a physical activity and learners will need to be fit enough to carry this out.

Qualification Aim

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to provide sports massage therapy to a range of clients who have dysfunctional tissue, without acute/postacute injuries or underlying pathological conditions.

Qualification Objectives

To provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to:


  • Assess clients and construct a sports massage treatment plan.

  • Understand the principles of soft tissue dysfunction.

  • Understand how to determine the appropriate techniques for specific clients.

  • Apply a range of sports massage techniques and understand their effects on the body.

Links to National Occupational Standards (NOS)

There are links to:


  • NOS in sports massage.

  • NOS in fitness instructing.

Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

The CNHC was established with government support to regulate a range of complementary therapies, including sports massage. The CNHC is a voluntary regulator and its key function is to enhance public protection.


There are a number of professional associations which allow their members to access the CNHC voluntary register, each with their own membership requirements. Active IQ believes that it should be the responsibility of each individual training provider to affiliate themselves with one or more of these associations if they so require.


Active IQ learners receive a nationally recognised qualification which has been supported by Skills for Health and will be able to access insurance to practice, but they may need to meet additional requirements if they wish to gain access to one of the professional associations and the CNHC voluntary register.


Further details about the CNHC and their associated membership bodies can be found at

Professional Associations (PAs)

There are a number of professional associations (PAs) that offer membership to qualified (post graduate) sports massage therapists. Individual PAs often have their own membership entry requirements that can include such as :


  • A minimum period of time over which a course/qualification is completed.

  • The method of course delivery.

  • A logbook to evidence student practise hours.

  • A First Aid qualification.

  • An annual log of Continuing Professional Development hours (CPD).


This list is not necessarily complete and learners are advised to check the requirements of a specific PA they may like to join post qualification.