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ISRM Soft Tissue Therapy BTEC level 5
General information
It takes a lot of time and practice to properly develop the advanced practical skills we cover; it also takes considerable time to complete all the written assignments (home study) so ISRM centres do not run short intensive courses. The programme normally takes about 12 months and made up of 12 weekend workshops about one-month apart. This gives students plenty of time to practice and consolidate their skills before moving on to the more advanced techniques. 
There are 4* home study assignments which are marked and moderated through the ISRM system and returned with correction notes where necessary. Towards the end of the course students also have to complete 2 case studies. It is estimated that the average student will need about 100 hours to complete these assignments. Although allowances are made for students who do not have English as their first language or who have other learning issue such as Dyslexia, written assignments must be completed in English.

*Students with prior formal training in human anatomy and physiology may be exempt from one of these assignments. 

There are 3 mid-course practical assessments covering the main techniques. These should ensure that any areas of weakness can be identified and improved before the final practical exam. Students have to complete a log-book of 100 practice treatments. At the end of the course there is one theory exam and one practical exam in the presence of an ISRM external examiner.
(Written home assignments and practice are expected to require about 200 hours which is 4 hours a week for a year).
Students get free ISRM student membership through which they can obtain student insurance to practice
The course programme includes



Anatomy & Physiology

Extensive repertoire of Massage Techniques for all areas
of the body

Exercise Physiology


Functional Anatomy

Case History taking

Deep Friction Techniques

Acute & Post-Acute Conditions

Neuromuscular Technique

Pathology of Injury

Muscle Energy Technique

Overuse Syndrome

Soft Tissue Release

Injury Scenarios

Connective Tissue Massage

Treating Medical Conditions

Positional Release Technique

Professionalism & Ethic

Pre & Post Event Massage


Peripheral Joint Assessment


Remedial Exercise & Rehabilitation


Posture & Core Stability

The successful student will receive diplomas from ISRM and BTEC. The qualification is recognised nationally and in many other countries as well. It enables therapists to practice independently as a professional Spoft Tissue therapist and obtain professional indemnity insurance to practice. It also entitles you to become a full member of the ISRM as well as other professional bodies; and register with CNHC (the government-backed regulatory body for Complementary Healthcare).

  • Ideally 4 GCSE's and 1 'A' level, or a similar level of high-school education.
  • Must have a basic acceptable massage qualification OR an introductory massage certificate.
  • Ideally, an active involvement in some sport, dance or exercise activity.
  • A minimum of 21 years-old. Younger students can apply but acceptance will normally be subject to a telephone interview.


Continuing Professional Development

CNHC, the regulator for complementary healthcare, have consulted with all sectors to arrive at a standard CPD requirement across the whole industry. ISRM will now adopt this standard. 
(Full CNHC document download)

CPD  is defined as ‘a range of learning activities through which professionals grow and develop throughout their careers to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice’.

When working as a professional practitioner, it is important that you keep your theoretical and practical / knowledge and skills up to date in two main areas:

  • Learning more about your discipline or therapy.
  • Learning more about how to work as a professional practitioner, including any new legislative or other requirements.

A minimum of 15 hours per year overall must be spent on CPD to meet the requirements. Your CPD must include activities which involve learning specifically about your own discipline(s) as well as more general learning to support your development as a practitioner. This general learning could be focused on issues such as health & safety, first aid or business development.

We recognise a wide range of activities which you can count towards your CPD. These could include, for example:

  • attending seminars
  • reading or writing articles
  • taking part in research
  • receiving supervision or mentoring which enhances learning and development
  • work shadowing – almost any practise-related activity
  • first aid
  • marketing


Unable to meet the requirements? 
If you cannot/do not complete the number of hours required, this does not mean you will automatically lose your membership. Mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. Advice will be offered to enable you to complete your CPD, where possible, over an agreed period of time. Should it still not be possible to meet the standards, registration will lapse until such time as they are met.

Choosing relevant CPD activity 
These are examples of some types of activities that you may wish to consider when planning your CPD.


  • Attendance at courses, seminars, workshops and lectures which enhance your knowledge and skills about your CNHC registered discipline(s). This could include webinars where you are interacting with other practitioners online or by telephone.
  • Attendance at conferences or meetings which are dedicated to clinical practice or learning more about the discipline(s) you practice.
  • Peer supervision where you meet with other practitioners from your discipline(s) and learn from each other about best practice.
  • Being an examiner, tutor or assessor in the discipline(s) for which you are registered, where these are developmental and learning opportunities rather than regular activities included in your work.
  • Providing taught sessions where these are occasional and represent a developmental activity for you rather than something you do on a regular basis as a tutor.


  • Client case studies Undertaking these would be used to demonstrate the learning which has resulted through the course of providing treatments and how this will improve the service you provide to others in future.
  • Personal study which could include following a formal programme of study either taught or possibly distance-learning. In either case you must be able to describe what you have learned from this and how you will put it into practice in your work.
  • Reading such as articles in journals, books or online which provide learning you are able to put into practice in your work as a practitioner.
  • Research: If you are participating in a piece of research which is enhancing your understanding of your discipline and / or practice.
  • Writing articles or books which are published.


  • Receiving supervision which supports your learning and development, as a time-limited specific activity rather than any guidance received as a regular part of your work. Such supervision could be individual or in small groups.
  • Receiving mentoring which supports your professional development over time, against agreed objectives. This can be individual mentoring or in small groups.
  • Work shadowing where you are working alongside another practitioner to enhance your knowledge and skills about your practice.


  • Attendance or presentation at conferences which may be related to subjects other than your CNHC-registered discipline(s) but which improve your knowledge and skills or professional practice, or involve personal development which will be of benefit to you in your role as a practitioner.
  • Business, marketing and other courses which enhance professional practice.
  • Certified first aid training.
  • Health and safety training which is relevant to your professional practice.
  • Involvement in professional association activity. This could include attendance at meetings, providing articles for your association newsletter, involvement in local or national events, representing your discipline in some way.
  • Organising events, conferences or meetings which could be related to your discipline or to some other aspect of professional practice. For example this could include community activities such as taster sessions or demonstrations.
  • Personal development which enhances your professional practice. For example this could include courses which enhance your ability to be empathetic with your clients.
  • Training to enhance ethical practice such as how to maintain professional boundaries or how to deal with issues of confidentiality.