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Diploma in Spa Therapies

New Zealand's most comprehensive NZQA-Approved spa therapies course

Our spa therapies course offers you spa therapy training through the Diploma in Spa Therapies. Learn spa therapy in a spa therapies context. Spa therapies treatments include hydrotherapy, Indian head massage, lymphatic drainage massage, on-site massage, Reiki, spa aromatherapy, spa reflexology, Shiatsu massage, Thai massage and more.

Not sure what spa therapies is about? See our Introduction to Spa Therapies.

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Do you have the required qualifications to enrol in this qualification?

You must be a beauty therapist or massage therapist.

Quick Facts about Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

2017 Programme Fees

With Recognition of Prior Learning: 120 credit version

Domestic students $9,145 NZD**
International students $19,535 NZD**

Without Recognition of Prior Learning: 156 credit version

Domestic students $11,761 NZD**
International students $22,205 NZD**
  • Student loans and allowances available for eligible students.
  • Extra expenses apply.
  • ** 2017 prices indicative only. We will not know definitive 2017 prices until funding is approved and other policies are released.

Quick Facts

Award type Diploma
Credits 120 to 156
Level 5
Duration 40 weeks plus holidays and international exams (120 credit version)
Prospectus Code PC9780
Students per class 12
Attendance Full-time
Inside class 20 hours per week
Outside class 10+ hours per week
Usual intakes Late January / early February
Approvals NZQA-Approved
ITEC-Approved
CIDESCO-Approved
Approved for loans & allowances

Key Information for Students

The Tertiary Education Commission requires all education providers in New Zealand to include the Key Information for Students on their Web sites for all programmes at level 5 or above.

Please note: "Total student fees" listed on the Key Information for Students is the maximum extra expenses added to the domestic course fees for the 156 credit version of this programme.

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Structure of the Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

As a professional development course, you will be expected to complete a large amount of your study through self-directed study. You must complete case studies, projects and other homework as well as practice treatments during self-directed study time.

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About the Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

Here is some more in-depth information about this course:

  • The Diploma in Spa Therapies deals with the theory and practical areas of various spa therapies in a spa therapies context.
  • This is the most comprehensive, "purest", internationally-integrated and longest-running spa therapies qualification in the South Island, and one of the most comprehensive spa therapies qualifications in New Zealand. This qualification is also the most comprehensive professional development qualification we offer.
  • Graduates successfully completing this course become a fully- and internationally-qualified spa therapist as recognised in New Zealand and most countries throughout the world.
  • Students who did not complete their beautician or beauty therapy qualification through us (or ITEC, CIBTAC, and/or CIDESCO) may have to undergo Recognition of Prior Learning assessments prior to being accepted to this qualification.

This course is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and the National School of Aesthetics is accredited to teach it.

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Pre-Requisite Qualifications for the Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

For Qualified Body Therapists

In order to be considered for enrolment into the 120 credit version of the Diploma in Spa Therapies (spa therapies components only), the student must hold one of the following qualifications or equivalent (as determined by the school):

The National School of Aesthetics

  • Certificate in Physiatrics; or
  • Physiatrics Diploma; or
  • Certificate in Body Therapy; or
  • Body Therapy Diploma; or
  • Statement of Achievement in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage

ITEC

International Therapy Examination Council

  • Physiatrics Diploma; or
  • Diploma in Body Treatments; or
  • Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage; or
  • Diploma in Holistic Massage

CIBTAC

Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology

  • Body Treatments Diploma; or
  • Body Massage Diploma and Anatomy and Physiology Diploma

NZQA

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Body Therapy) (Level 5) (expiring); or
  • National Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Body Therapy strand) (Level 4) (retired); or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

NZQA-Approved Body Therapy Qualification

  • Must be equal to, or higher than, NaSA's Statement of Achievement in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage
  • At the discretion of the Academic Board

You will also be expected to hold a current Workplace First Aid Certificate.

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For Qualified Beauty Therapists or Massage Therapists

In order to be considered for enrolment into the 120 credit version of the Diploma in Spa Therapies (spa therapies components only), the student must hold one of the following qualifications or equivalent (as determined by the school):

The National School of Aesthetics

ITEC

International Therapy Examination Council

CIBTAC

Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology

CIDESCO

Comite International d'Esthetique et de Cosmetologie

  • Diploma in Beauty Therapy

NZQA

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

  • National Certificate in Beauty Services (Beautician) (Level 4) and National Certificate in Beauty Services (Body Therapy) (Level 5) (expiring); or
  • National Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Beautician and Body Therapy strands) (Level 4) (retired); or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4); or
  • New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

NZQA-Approved Beauty Therapy Qualification

  • Must be equal to, or higher than, NaSA's Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics
  • At the discretion of the Academic Board

NZQA-Approved Massage Therapy Qualification

  • Must be equal to, or higher than, NaSA's Statement of Achievement in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage
  • At the discretion of the Academic Board

You will also be expected to hold a current Workplace First Aid Certificate.

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Outcome Statement for the Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

Outcome statement: Spa Therapies graduates should hold the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge to safely perform massage, hydrotherapy and other spa therapy treatments independently and competently in an international commercial environment.

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What You'll Learn in the Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

Students attending the Diploma in Spa Therapies will engage in the following components (click on each name for more information):

Diploma in Spa Therapies

Level 5

120 credits

Level 4 Components

Indian Head Massage Treatments

3 credits

Lymphatic Drainage Massage Treatments

4 credits

On-Site Massage Treatments

4 credits

Spa Aromatherapy Treatments

8 credits

Spa Reflexology Treatments

4 credits

Stone Therapy Massage Treatments

4 credits

Level 5 Components

Advanced Specialist Spa Treatments

15 credits

Body Wraps and Exfoliation Methods

5 credits

Human Senses and Their Responses

15 credits

Hydrotherapy Treatments

6 credits

Reiki Treatments

5 credits

Research Projects

15 credits

Shiatsu Massage Treatments

6 credits

Spa Theory

20 credits

Thai Massage Treatments

6 credits

All subjects are required. None are optional.

Further information on the above sections can be found by clicking on their names. The information should appear below the name.

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Recognised Qualifications Available from the Diploma in Spa Therapies Course

Upon successful completion of the course requirements and final examination, the candidate may be eligible for the following qualifications. No extra expenses, applications or requirements apply to sit the National School of Aesthetics qualifying examinations in the first instance.

The National School of Aesthetics

  • Diploma in Spa Therapies

You are also welcome to apply to sit international qualifying examinations. Extra expenses and requirements apply. Awards you may gain as a result are:

ITEC

International Therapy Examination Council

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage
  • Diploma in Holistic Reiki
  • Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage
  • Diploma in On-site Massage
  • Diploma in Reflexology
  • Diploma in Spa Treatments
  • Diploma in Stone Therapy Massage

CIDESCO

Comite International d'Esthetique et de Cosmetologie

  • Diploma in Spa Therapies

You must attend our course to sit ITEC and/or CIDESCO examinations through us.

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Your Further Study Options

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you may be eligible to study further with us. Options include:

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Dates, Times, Costs and More Details

Please find below the dates, times, costs and other details about this course.

2017

2017 intake is now closed.

January 2017 Intake

Notes

Domestic students enrolling in this course may be eligible for student loans and student allowances.

See Special Notes for some terms and conditions.

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Special Notes

  • All prices include 15% GST and are in New Zealand dollars.
  • See Application and Enrolment Dates for further information. To avoid disappointment, the school highly suggests applying for your course as soon as the enrolment opens.
  • For this course, we require at least 4 students to be enrolled a week-and-a-half prior to the course starting date in order for it to proceed.
  • Domestic students: You must pay a $100 deposit when you enrol. You cannot pay the deposit, or get it reimbursed through, a student loan. This $100 goes towards your total fees.
  • International Students: Please see the International Students section.
    • International students must pay their entire course fee on enrolment.
  • We are only offering the 120 credit option in 2017, and the prices listed above reflect this price. You must already have the equivalent of the Statement of Achievement in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage units in order to enrol.
  • The National School of Aesthetics reserves the right to alter or change details, prices, dates, et cetera, on the courses at the school.
  • This information was correct and accurate (and in some cases, forecasted) at the time of Web publication (05/17).
  • Extra expenses apply.
  • Payment plans are not available.
  • See The Physiotherapy Act Disclaimer for further information on the Physiotherapy Act and the National School of Aesthetics.

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