Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies (HLT52215)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: HLT52215
Study mode: Online
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: 48-96 weeks (blended); 96-192 weeks (online)
Start date: Set intake dates (blended); Monthly intake dates (online)
Awarded by: Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (RTO 5806)
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

The Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies (HLT52215) program offered by the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS) is designed to give you the education and training to launch your career as a shiatsu and oriental therapies practitioner.

Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. Literally meaning 'finger pressure', shiatsu involves applying pressure to special points or areas of the body to stimulate energy flow, relieve pain and muscular tension, treat specific conditions and promote overall health and wellbeing.

In this accredited diploma program, you will receive training in all aspects of shiatsu and oriental therapies including Chinese acupressure, massage therapy, reflexology, remedial massage, structural aligning, advanced deep tissue massage, communication, anatomy and physiology, clinical medicine and clinical management.

You will also have the opportunity to further your education by choosing to study one of these electives: reflexology, Chinese acupressure, Chinese philosophy, cross fibre mobilisation and structural aligning.

Work placement

You will be required to complete a minimum of 220 hours of mandatory work placement in order to gain essential hands-on experience. You can complete your placement at an AIAS student clinic, or in a suitable workplace environment.

Campus locations

If you'd prefer to study this course on campus or via blended delivery, you can choose between one of the following locations:

  • Brisbane - 337 Logan Rd, Greenslopes QLD 4120
  • Melbourne - Level 1, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000


To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Provide a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (i.e. a Year 12 qualification); OR
  • Demonstrate that you have the capacity to successfully complete this course by achieving an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and mathematics. This will be demonstrated through two short tests as a part of the enrolment process.

You will also be required to submit a current First Aid Certificate, Working with Children Check and/or National Police Check in order to participate in the work placement component of this course.

Areas of study

During this shiatsu and oriental therapies course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG003 - Manage legal and ethical compliance
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCPRP005 - Engage with health professionals and the health system
  • HLTAAP002 - Confirm physical health status
  • HLTAAP003 - Analyse and respond to client health information
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid*
  • HLTINF004 - Manage the prevention and control of infection
  • HLTSHU001 - Work within a framework of traditional oriental medicine
  • HLTSHU002 - Develop Shiatsu practice
  • HLTSHU003 - Maintain personal health and awareness for traditional oriental medicine practice
  • HLTSHU004 - Perform Shiatsu therapy health assessments
  • HLTSHU005 - Perform oriental therapies health assessments
  • HLTSHU006 - Provide Shiatsu therapy treatments
  • HLTSHU007 - Provide oriental therapies treatments
  • HLTSHU008 - Adapt Shiatsu and oriental therapies practice to meet specific needs
  • HLTSHU009 - Monitor and evaluate traditional oriental medicine treatments
  • HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety
  • BSBSMB404 - Undertake small business planning
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice
  • BSBSMB403 - Market the small business

*Students will need to obtain a First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003 and/or HLTAID006) via an external provider, and supply evidence of completion to AIAS.

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies (HLT52215) from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS).

With the thorough education in shiatsu and oriental therapies you will receive at AIAS, you will be well equipped to pursue a career as a self-employed shiatsu therapist or a partner in a healthcare clinic. You will be able to seek exciting career opportunities in education, community health care services, social welfare and health retreats.

Further learning pathways include:

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Remedial Massage
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Myotherapy)

Finance options

You may be eligible to receive a VET FEE-HELP loan for this diploma/advanced diploma, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Enquire now for more information and to see if you meet eligibility criteria.

AIAS also offers flexible payment plans to help make studying more affordable.

View the tuition fees for 2016 here.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
RTO 5806
The Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS) is a leading tertiary education provider specialising in vocational education. With a focus on career training, AIAS provides a broad range of courses in areas including natural medicine, beauty therapy, allied health and massage. AIAS offers its nationally recognised courses online/by correspondence so you can study at your own pace, where and when you want. If you prefer to learn on campus, you can do so at AIAS’s state-of-the-art campuses in Brisbane or Melbourne, or choose to study by a combination of on-campus and distance components. All AIAS courses are accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority and meet the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

Campus locations
Brisbane – 337 Logan Rd, Greenslopes QLD 4120
Melbourne – Level 1, 30 Church Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Perth – 170 Wellington St, East Perth QA 6004
Adelaide – 88 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000
As an AIAS student you will be given access to the Basic Skill Key Builder, an approved online learning platform that creates individualised learning plans, houses interactive learning resources, and features tailored support tutorials.

AIAS is also dedicated to creating an inclusive, caring and flexible learning environment that’s responsive to your individual needs. Services include free counselling sessions, support services for students with disabilities, and classes for students looking to improve their reading, writing, English language and numeracy skills.

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