Courses, Apprenticeships And Funding For Personal Trainers

Active IQ L3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

The aim of the Active IQ L3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy is to provide the learners with a combination of knowledge and skills to be recognised as a qualified sports massage therapist. The qualification will provide learners with both the skills and knowledge to be able to apply sports massage therapy to a range of clients who have dysfunctional tissue who have no acute/post acute injuries or underlying pathological conditions.

Throughout the course candidates will learn:

  • Anatomy & physiology required to be able to apply sports massage
  • How to carry out a range of assessments
  • How to collect information relating to the clients current condition and status (including the identification of conditions that would be inappropriate for treatment by someone at this level)
  • How to distinguish between acute injury and soft tissue dysfunction.
  • How to recognise when to defer treatment or when to refer to a more qualified massage or healthcare professional
  • How to select appropriate massage techniques for a range of clients
  • How to apply sports massage techniques safely and effectively, understanding the potential effects.


This qualification is recognised by the Complementary & Natural Care Council (CNHC) and the General Council for Massage Therapies.

This qualification is also CIMSPA Endorsed and supported by the Sports Massage Association (SMA) and the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT).


  • Multiple-Choice Examination
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration/Assignment/Assessment

Entry Requirements

  • Learners must be 16+ years of age.
  • As an element of communication is involved throughout this course, learners should have good basic skills in communication.
    Progression Routes
  • On completion of the Diploma learners can progress on to the L4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Course Costs


ITA Funding is accepted on this course

Payment Plans are available on request.

Course Dates

MSK Therapy Training, Aberdeen
25th, 26th August
8th, 9th, 22nd, 23rd September
6th, 7th, 20th, 21st October
3rd, 4th November 2018.

Clydebank Leisure Centre
15th, 16th, 29th, 30th September.
13th, 14th, 27th, 28th October.
10th, 11th, 24th, 25th November 2018.

Stewart’s Melville College, Edinburgh
22nd, 23rd Sept. 6th, 7th, 20th, 21st October
3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th November
1st, 2nd December 2018

MSK Therapy Training, Aberdeen (2019)
28th, 29th April
18th, 19th May
8th, 9th, 29th, 30th June
20th, 21st July
10th, 11th August 2019.