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Infant massage workshop times:

Find out how much time you will need to commit to this course, and the session times/ timetable for each block:

Pre-Entry Course Work


To complete this part of the course, you complete three, short modules online.

Combined, these modules contain approximately 4 hours of course material and teaching. You should allow another 2-4 hours to take notes, review materials, and complete the short quizzes.  You may need to allow some additional time if you are new to using online learning, or if you do not have any previous qualifications relating to early child development.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

There is no time limit to complete this block. You can commence any time, and complete the activities in your own time, at your own pace.

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Online Course Work:


This block is held over a 10-week time period. Most students will need to allow 3-6 hours per week to complete the combination of activities and assignments.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

Activities can be completed at a time in the week that suits your own needs as all materials will be available throughout the week.

However, you will be required to complete and submit an assessable task each week, during this block. The final assessment task is due one week following completion of this block (i.e. week 11).

Face-to-Face Workshop:


This block is held over 3 consecutive days. You must attend all three days of the workshop.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

A typical timetable is:

Day 1: 9am – 5pm

Day 2: 9am – 5pm

Day 3: 9am – 3:30pm

Practical and Practice:


You complete this block after attending the three-day face-to-face workshop. Most students will need to allow 20-30 hours to complete this block.

During this block you will be delivering a full First Touch infant massage program to five families in your community. You run this program over five (1 – 1.5 hour) weekly sessions. In addition, you will complete a number of tasks including planning and promoting your infant massage class. You will also complete an evaluation afterwards. Therefore, at a bare minimum you need to allow at least 6-7 weeks to complete this block.

You may need to allow additional time to find enough families to work with if you live in a smaller community. Likewise, you may need to allow additional time to meet the course requirements if you live in a community with lower levels of parent engagement.

Infant Massage Workshop Times:

You have four months (following your face-to-face workshop) to complete this final part of your course.

However, you may request an extension of up to 12 months from the date of your initial enrolment (Block 2) to complete this block. This will allow you flexibility to meet course requirements.


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Nationally accredited infant massage course

Baby in Mind provides training for students who wish to undertake a nationally accredited infant massage course.

Baby in Mind offers the only nationally (government) recognised, accredited infant massage course in Australia.

There is a lot of information (and mis-information!) about accredited infant massage courses in Australia.

What is an accredited infant massage course?

Australia has a very complex training system, run by the government. In Australia, a nationally ‘accredited’ course is one that has been through a government review and approval process. This process also includes an independent review by experts. All other courses in Australia are called non-accredited or non-vocational.

Are all infant massage courses in Australia accredited?

No, because infant massage in Australia is not regulated. Infant massage instructors and infant massage training providers do not have to meet any minimum standards to practice here.

Accreditation of infant massage training is therefore voluntary.

In Australia, Baby in Mind is the only organisation that offers a nationally accredited infant massage course. This is also the only accredited infant massage course that meets the national standards in cue-based infant massage education.

But I’ve seen other ‘accredited infant massage courses’ in Australia

Some infant massage training organisations in Australia say their courses are ‘accredited’.

Typically, these courses are accredited by organisations in other countries, who use the word differently.

For example, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTBTMB) ‘accredits’ a number of infant massage courses taught in Australia. However, The NCBTMB is a licencing body in the United States. It has no role or authority here in Australia. Their process of ‘accreditation’ is equivalent to a continuing education endorsement here in Australia. Therefore, this ‘accreditation’ has no relationship to the Australian training accreditation process.

In Australia, it is illegal to use the term ‘nationally accredited’ or ‘nationally recognised’, unless a course is approved in our national training system.

However, the use of the term ‘accredited’ on its own is a loophole that creates confusion for un-suspecting students. Therefore, it is wise to look closely at any claims of ‘accreditation’.

In addition, you might also find the following useful:

Benefits of a Nationally Accredited Infant Massage Course:

  • Your training meets the needs of employers and community expectations. This is because nationally accredited training is based on industry and community consultation. The Baby in Mind course has been developed in partnership with many industry experts. These partners include: early childhood and perinatal health services, research institutes, community organisations, clinical experts and specialists, and large and small businesses in metro, rural and regional areas.
  • Your training course provides you with a set standard of skills, knowledge and competencies. This is consistent – regardless of your individual trainer, or where you do your training.
  • You receive a nationally recognised certificate on successful completion of your course. This is issued in line with the national qualifications framework.  In turn, this is more widely recognised in the sector, and more easily integrated with other qualifications.
  • The skills and knowledge you you gain through this course are transferable. This means your course is recognised in all states and territories of Australia.
  • You may be eligible for supplementary financial assistance from Centrelink to undertake this course.
  • The training provider (that’s us!) has to comply with strict standards regarding our practices. We have to meet standards in many areas that impact on your experience. Our compliance with these standards is regularly reviewed and audited by an external government assessor.

Course details:

Course name: Short Course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education
Australian Qualification Code: 10282NAT
Relevant Competency Unit(s): CIMDCI001 Deliver Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education to Families.
ANZSCO professional category: Health Promotion Officer (code: 251911).

Confirm our national accreditation at www.Training.gov.au

We are able to offer you a course with an organisation well-established in the community, with a high standard of ethics. Baby in Mind is a nationally registered Health Promotion Charity. To meet our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) requirements we partner with Relationships Australia SA (registration number 102358).


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In addition to our National (government) Accreditation, this is an infant massage course endorsed by the following professional associations for the continuing education of their members.

infant massage course endorsed cpd midwives
The Australian College of Midwives

CPD endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives for 26 MidPLUS points.

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Occupational Therapy Australia

CPD endorsed by Occupational Therapy Australia for 10 CPD points in category 6.

Infant massage course endorsed for Social Workers CPD by AASW
Australian Association of Social Workers

CPD endorsed by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Infant massage course endorsed for Massage Therapists
Association of Massage Therapists

CPD endorsed by the Association of Massage Therapists for 35 CEUs.

Infant massage course endorsed by other associations for CPD:

Members of other professional associations may also be able to count this course toward their CPD requirements.

Infant massage course endorsed for Midwives, Social Work, OT and others


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Infant Massage Course Pre-Requisites

You will need to meet the following criteria to gain entry to this course in Cue-Based Infant Massage and Parent-Infant Relationship Education.

Step 1: complete the first three subjects

We ask all potential students to complete the first three subjects of the course, before you enrol.

You can do these online, at any time that suits you, for free.

We ask you to complete these subjects before you enrol, so you can try the course before having to commit to a full enrolment.

Step 2: Meet the enrolment criteria

Once you have done the pre-course subjects, you will need to meet the following infant massage course pre-requisites to enrol in the full training.


To enrol in this course you must be at least 18 years old when your course starts.


To gain entry into this course you must have ONE of the following:

(a) A health, welfare, early childhood, child development or a related qualification at diploma level or higher.


(b) A Certificate IV (or higher) in Massage.


(c) A Certificate IV (or higher) which includes the unit HLTAAP001 – Recognise Healthy Body Systems or an equivalent unit.


(d) Have relevant equivalent work, volunteer or life experience. This can be related to the care, health and well-being of infants. It may also be in a health education or promotion role. Your life experience as a parent, grandparent or carer of children is relevant experience for entry to this course.


To gain entry into this course you must also be of good character. This means you must not hold any criminal convictions that would prevent you from working with children or other vulnerable people. You must also be in good standing with any associations, registration bodies or other similar organisations with whom you are associated.

Assumed knowledge:

You will need sufficient English literacy and numeracy skills to complete this course. We recommend a minimum of year 10 level English.

You will also need to have a basic knowledge of the human body, sufficient to enable you to achieve the learning outcomes of this course.


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Suitability: Should I do an Infant Massage Course?

The Baby in Mind infant massage course offers students the chance to experience the reward and satisfaction that comes from helping new parents bond and connect with their babies.

As well as being uplifting, our work is important and – at times – complex. If you are thinking about doing an infant massage course, it is good to make an informed decision before you commit to this program. It’s in your interests – and ours – to make sure we can meet your expectations and deliver you the best possible training!

We do a number of things to help you decide “Should I do an infant massage course?”

  1. First:  complete some of the infant massage course for free.  These subjects will give you an insight the basic principles of the course, and help you decide if this area is right for you.
  2. Second: read each of the questions below to check some of the hurdles that some students deal with.
Should I do an infant massage course?

Click on the on the left to see some questions.

These will help you self-check if this course is right for you.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if your learning style is a good match for this course…

  1. Do you have a flexible approach to learning? 

This course will prepare you to work with families. If you already work with families, this course is intended to help extend some of the skills you already have.

The babies and families you work with, will rarely fit formula and “text-book”solutions. Therefore, this course is most suited to students who have flexible thinking and patience.

2.  Are you comfortable with the principles of Adult Learning? 

We use adult learning principles in our training. This means we want this infant massage training to be useful to you. We have some limits around our course requirements. However, we enjoy helping students adapt the course as much as possible to match your own ideas, passions, challenges and real-life situations.

Are you someone who can identify and tell us about your own learning needs? Or are you looking for an “off the shelf” training that is the same for everyone?

3. Are you comfortable taking initiative? 

How do you respond when confronted with something you don’t know? Are you the sort of person who is able to look up ideas? Can you reach out to others for help and suggestions? Or do you feel overwhelmed when there is something you don’t know how to do?

This training (and the work you will do after graduating) is best suited to people who can take initiative to find out answers and talk to others, when they don’t know something.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘most of the time’ to these questions:

You will probably find that your learning style is a great match for this course. You will also be well-suited to working with families to teach cue-based infant massage.

If you answered ‘no’ or are uncertain about your answers to these question:

That’s no problem. But it is good to be aware you may find the style of learning in this course challenging. You may need to be willing to try new ways of learning, and working in partnership with your trainer, to get the most out of this course.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if this is the right course for you, in your current situation…

  1. Are you in financial distress? 

Unfortunately, some training organisations gain students for baby massage courses, by telling people they can earn hundreds and thousands of dollars a week. This sounds good to people on very low incomes, and who need work that is flexible.

However, most infant massage educators take around 12-24 months get their practice off the ground. Some people can take even longer depending on factors like location, time, and the resources needed to start a business.

Many of our graduates do go on to establish very successful practices to varying degrees. But any businesses takes time to get going, and teaching infant massage or the First Touch Program is no different.

Therefore, if you are in financial  distress and need an immediate income source, we believe it is important to be realistic.  You will need time and energy to build your infant massage practice to a viable level.

2.  Are you in active recovery from childhood or relationship trauma? 

This course is about child mental health development. The main focus of the infant massage training is on the quality of early parent-child relationships. In the past, we have found that these topics can trigger uncomfortable or painful feelings for some people.

If you in the early stages of recovery, or in active healing from:

  • any type of childhood or parenting-related trauma;
  • violence or other relationship-related trauma; or
  • pregnancy loss, miscarriage, or loss of a child

this may not be the right time for you to do this training.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions:

Please contact us prior to enrolling in this program.

We would love to speak with you, so we can give you with more detail about the course. We’ll be able to talk about questions you have. This way you can make an informed choice if this is the right training for you now, or if it is better to wait a while.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if you have the time to do this course…

  1. Do you have approx 3-6 hours a week to spend on your course work? 

Most students spend from three-to-six hours a week on the course work.

This may not be every week during the course: it is an averaged-out amount over most weeks. But three-to-six hours is a good guide.

You also need to think about any specific learning needs you have. For example, if you have not studied for a long time, or if you are new to using online learning, you may need to allow some additional time.

2.  Can you meet deadlines? 

This infant massage course has some flexible parts. It also has some parts with tighter deadlines.

For example, the deadline to submit your assignments for Block 4 has some flexibility.

However, Block 2 is 10 weeks of online learning. A small number of learning tasks are due each week, so it is important you have enough time each week to submit your tasks.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ both of these questions:

It seems likely you will have sufficient time to do this course.

If you answered ‘no’ to either or both of these questions:

If you want to enrol in this course, you may need to re-order some of your activities or priorities. This will help you get the most out of the program and to participate in the activities.

Should I do an infant massage course?

Check to see if this course is a good fit with your working style…

Is your preferred working style suited to this course:
  1. For health/ allied health/ welfare professionals: Are you comfortable to work outside of a treatment framework? 

Many of our students come from health professional backgrounds. Most tell us this infant massage course enhances their practice, and adds depth to their repertoire of skills. This is true of our students working in clinical, tertiary health services, as well as those providing primary and secondary health care.

This training helps develop facilitation skills and relationship-based approaches to support parent-baby interactions in any environment.  The First Touch Program is a health promotion and education intervention which is adaptable to a wide range of situations and contexts. (Here is an example).

However, it is important to be aware that this course does not provide training in complex infant mental health diagnosis or treatment. If you are looking for a treatment-focussed intervention, that addresses specific clinical problems, this course may not be suitable for your needs.

2. Are you comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds? 

Our student body is made up of people from very diverse backgrounds. People attending our course include PhD graduates, medical practitioners, nursing and midwifery practitioners, allied health professionals, teachers, bodywork therapists, complementary health therapists, and lay-persons. Each student has strengths and areas they want to learn more about. Your background, strengths and interests may be different to some of your fellow students.

Our teaching faculty also is made up of professionals from varied backgrounds. They have qualifications ranging from nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, education and teaching, and massage therapy. However, all of our faculty have extensive experience in their background profession and in delivering the First Touch Program to families in many diverse environments.

This course is most suited to people who are comfortable with learning in a cross-disciplinary environment that respects a wide variety of professional knowledge.

3.  For students intending to teach infant massage in private practice: Do you like connecting with others? 

Many people are attracted to teaching infant massage as a private practitioner, because it is a way to have flexible hours that fit in with other things. Many graduates go on to establish successful programs working for themselves, and others who struggle. Although there can be many reasons for this, one of the things that our most successful graduates have in common is that they are able to connect with others in their community.

Some students come to the course with the idea that they must compete with other educators and services in their area. However, we have found the opposite to be true. Infant massage educators who meet up and build networks with other graduates, who get involved in and make use of the Baby in Mind resources, and those who support others, typically face fewer challenges. They are much more likely to still be practicing five years on, than those who tend to isolate themselves from the infant massage community.

This issue does not directly affect your training. But if you are intending to work in private practice after you graduate, and are reluctant to connect with others, you may find it helpful to consider these issues before committing to the training.

What your answers mean:
If you answered ‘yes’ or ‘mostly’ to these these questions:

Then it is likely this course is a good match for your needs.

If you answered ‘no’ or ‘probably not’ to these questions:

Please contact us to discuss your concerns – we’d be happy to talk through a bit more about the nature of this course and to work out whether we can effectively adapt the materials to suit your needs.

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