Qualification & Course Requirements 

The qualification requirements for SMA membership levels are briefly summarised below and are open to students studying and graduates holding a Recognised Qualification AND which also complies with the Minimum Course Content requirements of the SMA.

STUDENT MEMBERShip
  • Evidenced enrolment on a course at an SMA Accredited School.
  • Evidenced enrolment on a Level 3, 4 or 5 Sports Massage Therapy (QCF) course provided by any one of the following awarding bodies: Active IQ, CIBTAC, ITEC, VTCT, YMCA from 1st January 2015 onwards.

associate MEMBERShip
  • Associate membership is for Sports Massage Therapists and Soft Tissue Therapists who do not hold the required qualification(s) for Full SMA membership. Examples of therapists who may apply for Associate membership are :
Graduate Sports Rehabilitators, Therapists with non-UK/Overseas qualifications, holders of Level 3 and 4 (QCF) Sports Massage (Soft Tissue Therapy) qualifications*. This list is not exhaustive so please enquire regarding personal qualification situations if necessary.

* Other than Level 3 and 4 qualifications combined and obtained through Premier Training since 2013.

Associate membership is for a period of one year. It is conditional that an Associate member attends for a personal assessment at any time within 9 months of the commencement date of their Associate membership and also submits a 50 hour practice logbook inclusive of three case studies comprising four treatments. 
The personal assessment requires submission of an application form. The assessment includes a practical demonstration of sports massage and soft tissue work followed by a Viva allowing the assessors to identify both the skills and working knowledge of the Associate member as included in the assessment guide. The assessment will take about 1.5 hours, the cost is included in the Associate membership fee. Meeting the required standard of assessment, including in the logbook, will qualify the Associate member for full membership.
Associate membership is for a maximum period of one year under any circumstances.

FULL MEMBERSHIP (MSMA)

Available to Soft Tissue Therapists and Sport Massage Therapists holding a Recognised Qualification AND complying with the Minimum Course Content requirements of the SMA.  Full Members will then be graded according to the time since qualification and associated experience evidenced in their CPD record into Bronze, Silver and Gold membership status. More details of how these levels are calculated is contained in the SMA Membership Levels page.

RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Evidence of a 2009 - 2015 Level 3 (QCF) Diploma in Sports Massage as awarded by CIBTAC, ITEC, VTCT.
  • Evidence of a late 2014 - 2015 Level 3 (QCF) Diploma in Sports Massage as awarded by ACTIVE IQ, CIBTAC, ITEC, VTCT, YMCA.
  • Evidence of an NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • Evidence of a Level 4 or Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Sports Massage obtained at an SMA Accredited School or from a non-accredited SMA school at the discretion of the SMA Board. 
  • Evidence of a 2009 - 2015 Level 4 (QCF) Certificate in Sports Massage as awarded by CIBTAC, ITEC, VTCT
  • Evidence of a late 2014 - 2015 onward Level 4 (QCF) Certificate in Sports Massage as awarded by Active IQ, CIBTAC, ITEC, VTCT, YMCA.
  • Achieving the required standard set by the SMA entrance examination.
  • Evidence of a Level 5 qualification meeting the requirements stipulated by SMA Core Standards.  
  • Evidence of a 2009 - 2015 Level 5 (QCF) Certificate in Sports Massage as awarded by ITEC, VTCT.
  • Evidence of a late 2014 - 2015 onward level 5 (QCF) Certificate in Sports Massage as awarded by ITEC, VTCT.
  • Evidence of a Level 6 BTEC Diploma in Sports Massage obtained at an SMA Accredited School or from a non-accredited SMA school at the discretion of the SMA Board.
NB. While the qualifications have similar content the end and start dates of QCF qualifications varies between the five awarding organisations: ACTIVE IQ, CIBTAC, ITEC, VTCT, YMCA.  If you are uncertain whether your qualification is acceptable to the SMA then please contact us before making application.

Please also note the practise logbook and case study requirements for Level 4 and 5 qualifications below.

MINIMUM COURSE CONTENT FOR SMA RECOGNITION

The SMA will only accept for membership students who are studying, or Therapists who have completed, Soft Tissue Therapy/Sports Massage courses which contain ALL the following:
  • Courses containing the learning outcomes and content required to meet the SMA core syllabus
  • Courses completed over a MINIMUM time period of 6 months (This can be aggregate period of time for Level 3 and 4 QCF courses, but with a minimum period of time for each of 3 months)
  • Courses at Level 4 requiring students to record a minimum 100 hour log book of practice treatments. (Up to 50 hours can be completed at Level 3 with the balance of 100 hours being completed at Level 4) Click here for more details regarding logbook requirements.
  • Courses at Level 5 must include a minimum 25 hours of case studies with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 treatment sessions per case study.
  • Letter to awarding organisations regarding short courses

REGISTERED TUTORS

  • Evidence of teaching on either an SMA Accredited or Endorsed sports massage course. Registration is a no cost option for qualifying tutors.

       
         
       
       


         
           
       
       
       


         


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