Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any requirements for joining a course?
The certificate and diploma courses build up on each other and therefore the certificate course must be completed prior to beginning the diploma course.
Pre-requisite for attending the certificate course is at least one introductory course.
If you are a student under 16 years of age, we request that you contact us to discuss your participation. This is because a certain level of maturity may be important for some courses.
Where are the courses held?
In the meantime, there will be introductory courses only held at various suitable venues around New Zealand.
A large portion of the Certificate and Diploma training will be achieved via distance learning and self-directed learning, reading and essays, which can be completed in the comfort of your own home, a library, cafe or where ever you like to study 🙂
What extra fees are associated with the courses?
My English literacy is not great. Can I still attend the course?
Although the Shiatsu Intro Course contains course materials with written content, it is completely possible to participate in the course without reading or writing, as the nature of the course is very practical.
What happens if I can't make it to my course?
If you are booked into single weekend course (ie Shiatsu Intro Course) you will need to either change your booking to another date or transfer your course to a friend. Otherwise you will miss out and may loose your money.
Please read our Return and Refund Policy carefully.
If you are booked into a certificate or diploma course, and cannot attend a day or a weekend, you will need to catch up the missed hours / days either with a one-on-one session with your teacher (at your expense) or in the next available course. If you miss too much of the total course content, you may be asked to transfer to the next available certificate or diploma course as the weekend courses build up on each other. You will not be able to graduate until you have finished all the required materials and hours of the course.
Certificate & Diploma Training
Can I practice shiatsu after completing the shiatsu certificate course?
Practitioners and therapists of other bodywork modalities will be able to include elements of Shiatsu into their existing treatments.
Can I legally work as a shiatsu practitioner after completing the diploma?
After successful completion of the full three year diploma, graduates will qualify for Shiatsu Association of Aoteaora (SPAANZ) membership.
New Zealand has no NZQA unit standards for Shiatsu Therapy.
How many hours does the certificate and diploma course encompass?
The Certificate Course makes up the first year and encompasses 500+ hours of teaching, online reading and self-directed learning a week in addition to the 10 weekend courses. Students should expect to spend between 8 and 10 hours weekly on course-related activities in addition to the 10 weekend courses.
The Diploma level makes up the remaining 2 years and totals 1100 hours of teaching, online reading and self-directed learning. Student should expect to spend between 10 and 12 hours weekly on course-related activities in addition to the 10 full weekend courses per year.
Is the training valid to practice Shiatsu overseas?
Most countries require significantly less hours than our diploma training provides.
Are there exams to pass the training?
As an education provider, we have our own quality standards and as long as you are present for the minimum hours of teaching and independent study and committed to the course outcomes, your teachers will work with you to achieve competency in the topics covered.
Can I cross-credit any other study towards my Shiatsu Diploma?
Generally, all students must attend all of the Practical Shiatsu based workshops within the training as well as the practical hours, swaps and student clinics. There may be other parts of the training that can be cross-credited.
If you have a health related qualification and can prove a minimum of 100hrs of anatomy and physiology training, the anatomy and physiology course will not be mandatory for you. We will need a copy of this.