Sports Massage Therapies
ITEC (Level 3, UK NQF) Diploma in Sports Massage
QQI (Level 5 NFQ) Certificate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise (5M5146)

Sports Massage Therapies Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock village, Co.Dublin we offer an ITEC  (Level 3, UK NQF) Diploma in Sports Massage and a QQI (Level 5, NFQ: 5M5146) Certifcate in Sports, Recreation and Exercise.

Are you interested in the treatment of muscular pain and injury? Would you like to develop your massage skills to a new level by learning advanced anatomical, physiological and pathological principles relevant to the application of Sports Massage? Do you see yourself working in leisure centres, with sports clubs, or with competitive athletes and teams?

This course offers you internationally recognised qualifications that will ensure you are educated to the highest industry standards so that you can take on this new and exciting career. It also offers you the potential to progress your studies to degree level.

Course Code SMT
Duration 1 Year
Number of Places 20
Contact Hours 20 approx
Days per WK 4 Days

What will I study?

You will study for the following qualifications:

ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage

  • Functional Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Health and Fitness
  • Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction
  • Sports Massage Treatments
  • Professional Practice

Graduates may join many professional associations and obtain the requisite insurance cover for professional practice.

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Exercise (5M5146)

  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Sports Anatomy and Physiology
  • Body Massage and Figure Analysis
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Exercise and Injury Prevention
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Year 1 Anatomy and Physiology Nutrition Exercise, Health and Fitness Body & Sports Massage and Figure Analysis Sports Exercise and Injury Prevention Principles of Soft Tissue Dysfunction Communications Work Experience Professional Practice

Entry Requirements

  • You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.
  • Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Assessment and Certification

  • ​This course is certified by ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) and QQI (Quality Qualifications Ireland).
  • After Year 1, you will be awarded the ITEC  (NVQ Level 3) Diploma in Sports Massage and the QQI (Level 5) Certificate in Sports, Recreation & Exercise (5M5146).
  • ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Evidence of Treatments (case studies) are required for ITEC qualifications.
  • The completion and signing of disclaimers and consultation forms is required for ITEC certification.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Sports Injuries Clinics
  • Health & Wellbeing Centres
  • Hotels
  • Leisure Centres
  • Remedial Massage Clinics


If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry to courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

* Leaving Certificate Mathematics is a pre-requisite

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart at 

Get in touch
+353 1 2889717 BFEI, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin
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