Overseas Qualifications

Currently there is no reciprocal recognition of Sports Massage qualifications between countries and this recognition is unlikely in the foreseeable future.  The reasons include significant variation in training standards between individual countries and perhaps lack of a national standard, e.g, in the USA where each state sets its own standard. 

The SMA will nevertheless accept applications from qualified overseas practitioners, with an initial grading of Level 3 applied.

In order to have a higher grading applied, practitioners may:
  • Make an application to the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) for comparison of a qualification and advice on a close equivalent UK qualification.  NARIC only compare national qualifications so, as referred to in the above example, they do not compare USA state qualifications against UK qualifications.
  • Submit detailed qualification documents and associated information so that we can map the qualification against UK standards.  This should include full course content as well as marks gained for individual modules.  There is a £25 charge for this service.
  • Take the SMA entrance exam (pitched at Level 4 in UK terms) or attend for a personal assessment, as and when restrictions on social distancing are relaxed.




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