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IMIS is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Body Work (NCBTMB) to teach IMIS Infant Massage Instructor and Consultant Training as a 6-hour, home study, continuing education course.
 

Baby Massage Correspondence Training

IMIS Infant Massage Instructor and Consultant Training:


Learn baby massage from the comfort of your own home.

Easily complete 9 units of study and all competency tasks.
All theory and practical components are completed with full support.

Individual support by phone and email

  • Available internationally, study from anywhere world-wide
  • Complete as fast as you wish (most students finish within the space of a few weeks)
  • No classes to attend or set times you need to login
  • Qualification received is the same as students who study in class
  • All practical work is completed via video footage
  • Trainers provide detailed practical reports to ensure you're confident prior to certification
  • Lifetime support provided after training

     

Enrol now to secure you place.

 

Correspondence positions are limited:

To ensure trainers don't have too many students to support simultaneously, only 10 students are accepted for each intake period.

 

Upcoming intake periods:

March 2024 intake:
Commence study within the month of March
Total study commitment = 24 hours
Complete the program as fast as you wish

April 2024 intake:
Commence study within the month of April
Total study commitment = 24 hours
Complete the program as fast as you wish

May 2024 intake:
Commence study within the month of May
Total study commitment = 24 hours
Complete the program as fast as you wish


IMIS offers two qualifications:

Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI):

No previous experience or qualifications required.
This qualification is perfect for a rewarding career change.
The home study (correspondence) course takes 24 study hours to complete, including all practical tasks. Most students completed their work within the space of a few weeks.
Home study students complete practical work by uploading video footage for the IMIS training team to review.
This international qualification can be used throughout Australia as well as overseas.
Learn how to teach baby massage techniques to parents to help relieve their child's wind, reflux, sleeping difficulties and much more.
Train in standard recommendations and techniques in addition to adaptations for premature infants, children with additional needs and massage for older children (from birth through to adolescence).
On completion of training you will be qualified to run baby massage classes, offer private lessons and home visit appointments for parents or incorporate infant massage instruction for parents into your current line of work.
Everything you need is supplied including a demonstration doll, massage technique footage, manuals and association membership.
Lifetime support is provided for all students both during and after training via phone and email.

Paediatric Massage Consultant (PMC):

The PMC level qualification is for professionals with prior training in a related field.
If you have a qualification in health, allied health, natural therapies or early childhood education, you meet the requirements for the Paediatric Massage Consultant qualification.
The home study (correspondence) course takes 24 study hours to complete, including all practical tasks. Most students complete their work within the space of a few weeks.
Home study students complete practical work by uploading video footage for the IMIS training team to review.
This international qualification can be used throughout Australia as well as overseas.
Learn how to teach baby massage techniques to parents to help relieve their child's wind, reflux, sleeping difficulties and much more.
Train in standard recommendations and techniques in addition to adaptations for premature infants, children with additional needs and massage for older children (birth through to adolescence).
On completion of training you will be qualified to run baby massage classes, offer private lessons and home visit appointments for parents or incorporate infant massage instruction for parents into your current line of work.
Everything you need is supplied including a demonstration doll, massage technique footage, manuals and association membership.
Lifetime support is provided for all students both during and after training via phone and email.
As a PMC you can be paid hundreds of dollars for providing presentations to professional groups. In addition to working with parents, consultants raise awareness of the benefits of massage among professionals through short, 1-hour theory based presentations. Consultants present to professional groups that provide services to parents, infants and older children.

Course content:

Learn about...

  • Best practice guidelines
  • What types of oil should be used for baby massage
  • Body language/infant cues during massage
  • Best time to massage & how long massage should last
  • Touch therapy & touch relaxation
  • Recommendations for premature/low birth
  • weight infants, older children & children with special needs
  • Massage for common digestive issues
  • How to facilitate & promote baby massage classes & appointments

Click here to view a full list of the units of study

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How does correspondence study work?

  • 24 hours of home study
  • Work your way through theory work and practical footage
  • Contact a trainer for support as needed
  • Submit competency tasks online or by mail

Competency tasks / Assessments

Practical assessments are submitted by filming yourself and forwarding or uploading the recordings for marking.
Detailed reports are issued to ensure any misunderstandings or mistakes can be clarified & corrected prior to certification.

Baby Massage Course Prices

Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) course prices range from $1125 - $1650.
Refer to the course fee table below to see the various enrolment package options.
Interest free payment plans are available.

Paediatric Massage Consultant (PMC) qualification prices range from $1485 - $2010.
Refer to the course fee table below to see the various enrolment package options**
Interest free payment plans are available.

Please note:
* An additional fee of 150AUD applies to students residing outside of Australia.
** PMC package inclusions are the same as the inclusions shown on the table below. PMC course fees are an additional $360. Click here for more information on becoming a Paediatric Massage Consultant.

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To apply:

Enrol online or call the Infant Massage Information Service on 1300 558 608 .

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Questions?

If you have any questions about studying baby
massage via correspondence, we're happy to help. :)

You can submit you questions online or call us on 1300 558 608.

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Eligibility and Course Prerequisites

No prior training or qualifications are required for the Certified Infant Massage Instructor(CIMI) qualification.

Wanting the Paediatric Massage Consultant (PMC) qualification and wondering if you meet the prerequisite requirements?

If your qualifications fall under the categories of health, allied health, natural therapies or education, you are guaranteed to meet the prerequisite requirements for the paediatric level qualification.

Some examples of qualifications that meet the prerequisite requirements for the PMC qualification are included below (please note, this is not a full list). 

Examples of health qualifications approved for PMC:

Nurse, midwife, aboriginal health worker, community health worker, retired nurse, child & family practitioner, paediatric nurse, maternal/child health nurse, neonatal nurse, paediatrician, medical doctor.

Examples of allied health qualifications approved for PMC:

Chiropractor, doula, childbirth educator, lactation consultant/educator, science degrees, mental health professional, social worker, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist. 

Examples of natural therapy qualifications approved for PMC:

Massage therapist, yoga instructor, nutritionist, Chinese medicine, kinesiology, myotherapist, naturopath.

Examples of educator qualifications approved for PMC:

Early childhood educator, early childhood teacher, other educator (e.g. B. ED Studies, diploma in primary teaching)

PMC students receive both qualifications, the Certificate in Infant Massage Instruction and the Paediatric Massage Consultant qualification. To obtain the paediatric qualification you need to meet the prerequisite requirements, complete your baby massage training through the Infant Massage Information Service and successfully complete 4 competency tasks. In addition to working with parents, and teaching them how to massage their babies, PMCs can provide theory presentations to other professionals, educating them on the researched benefits of massage for infants and children and ensuring they are aware of services available to families in this field. 

Course Fees and Variations

Course fees are the same regardless of your method of study (face-to-face or online).

Fees for the Certificate in Infant Massage Instruction range from $1125 - $1650, depending on the enrolment package (inclusions) selected. Interest-free payment plans are available and these are personalised for each student. 

Fees for the Paediatric Massage Consultant qualification range from $1485 - $2010, depending on the enrolment package (inclusions) selected. Interest-free payment plans are available and these are personalised for each student. 

The course fee table outlining the enrolment packages (inclusions) can be accessed here: Fee Structure | Baby Massage

Please note, the table automatically displays the fees for the Certified Infant Massage Instructor qualification. To view the fees and inclusions for the Paediatric Massage Consultant (PMC) qualification, be sure to click on the 'Paediatric Massage Consultant' box. 

Face-to-Face Course Details

Face-to-face training dates and locations can be found on our course dates and locations page: Locations | Baby Massage

The face-to-face training is completed over 3 days and courses are always held on a Friday, Saturday & Sunday.

Career and Qualification Pathways

Infant Massage Information Service 3-day face-to-face courses have a mixture of both Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and Paediatric Massage Consultant (PMC) students.

All students cover the same content/units of study.

The differences are:

- Our CIMI students are usually going into the industry as something new i.e. with no prior related background. There are no pre-requisite requirements they need to meet.

- CIMI students complete the 3-day course successfully and are then able to work with parents, teaching infant massage. All assessment work is completed within the 3 days of the course.

- Our PMC students have prior, related training and/or experience in health, allied health, natural therapies or early childhood education and care.

- After the 3 days in class, there is one additional assignment completed. The additional PMC task takes approximately 2 days to complete and does not need to be done in the 2 days directly following the course. PMC students can complete their additional assessment when convenient and follow the instructions provided to upload their submission for marking when they're ready. 

- Our PMC students receive both qualifications – the CIMI qualification and the PMC qualification. The CIMI level qualification is provided immediately after the 3-day face-to-face course and the PMC qualification is issued after the additional PMC assessment has been completed. 

- PMCs can work with parents, teaching infant massage in the same way that CIMIs can. What PMCs are also able to do is provide theory presentations to professional groups on infant massage. The presentations are fairly straightforward and usually follow the same format e.g. – Self-introduction, benefits of infant massage, research reviews, dispelling common myths relating to infant massage and information on services available to parents in this field. 

Various industry bodies request these types of presentations and PMCs are paid a presentation fee for this work directly by the organisation or body who has requested them. PMC presentations offer a unique opportunity to network with other professionals and potentially receive additional referrals for your infant massage work with parents.  
 

What if I'm completing the course via correspondence study?

Each correspondence intake period has a mix of both Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and Paediatric Massage Consultant (PMC) students.

All students cover the same content/units of study.

The differences are:

- Our CIMI students are usually going into the industry as something new i.e. with no prior related background. There are no pre-requisite requirements they need to meet.

- CIMI students successfully complete 3 competency tasks at their own pace and are then able to work with parents, teaching infant massage. 

- Our PMC students have prior, related training and/or experience in health, allied health, natural therapies or early childhood education and care.

- There is one additional assignment completed for the PMC qualification.

- Our PMC students receive both qualifications – the CIMI qualification and the PMC qualification.

- PMCs can work with parents, teaching infant massage in the same way that CIMIs can. What PMCs are also able to do is provide theory presentations to professional groups on infant massage. The presentations are fairly straightforward and usually follow the same format e.g. – Self-introduction, benefits of infant massage, research reviews, dispelling common myths relating to infant massage and information on services available to parents in this field. 

Various industry bodies request these types of presentations and PMCs are paid a presentation fee for this work directly by the organisation or body who has requested them. PMC presentations offer a unique opportunity to network with other professionals and potentially receive additional referrals for your infant massage work with parents. 

Online Study

The correspondence program is thorough, easy to work through and offers a convenient way to study. 100% of the course requirements are completed from home, including all practical work meaning no travel or onsite attendance is needed.

Once your enrollment is complete and the course fees are paid, you will receive a welcome email providing you with full access to the course content. Your welcome email includes your pdf training manual with all of the course theory work and assessment instructions as well as links to the practical video files you need to watch. A training pack containing your demonstration doll and any other resources in your enrolment pack is sent via post.

There's no need to wait for your training pack to arrive via post before you begin studying. As soon as you receive your welcome email you can get started with the course theory work, then move on to the practical techniques once your demonstration doll arrives. 

You're welcome to study at your own pace to complete the course. Most students complete everything within the space of a few weeks. If students have a lot of other commitments and limited time, they might finish the course over a few months instead. Whatever study period you need is ok, there are no enforced deadlines you need to meet. 

There are 3 or 4 assessment tasks to complete depending on the qualification level you enrol in. The tasks are easy to complete and personalised assistance is available throughout the course if you need help with questions or clarifications. 

Your theory assessment is an open book, multiple-choice exam which ensures you've worked through the training manual. You're provided with an answer sheet to complete which can be emailed as an attachment or uploaded for marking. Practical tasks are recorded using any device (most students use their phone). The recordings are uploaded for the trainers to view and report on. Practical reports are extremely detailed to ensure you're confident in practical techniques prior to certification. 

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