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The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a stone therapy massage specialist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a stone therapy massage specialist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty or complementary therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.


This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a stone therapy massage specialist including, three mandatory units covering the following: applying stone massage therapy, health and safety and client care.



Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and massage products. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the body, use a stone heater and place stones and provide relaxing massage treatments using basalt stones and a variety of techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients. 


What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a stone therapy massage specialist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a stone therapy massage specialist. Career opportunities as a stone therapy massage specialist a exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in commercial beauty salons
- Working in a destination or day spa
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings. 


This is the only VTCT qualification at level 3 which will qualify you to become a stone therapy massage specialist. 


Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a stone therapy massage therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found  here


Primary Outcome 

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a stone therapy massage specialist. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a stone therapy massage specialist.


Guided Learning Hours: 132, 
Age Restriction: 16, Units: 3, Level: 3, Minimum Credits: 16


Qualification Structure

Mandatory – from this group you’ll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 16 credits.

  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries (LEVEL: 3, CREDITS: 3, GLH: 28) 

  • Apply stone therapy massage (LEVEL: 3, CREDITS: 9, GLH: 75) 

  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon (LEVEL: 3, CREDITS: 4, GLH: 29) 

    *For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Record of Assessment book. 

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