Membership Category Criteria

On receipt of all a successful application supported by the evidence required and a membership fee payment, we will issue membership documents, logos and links to social media platforms via a uniquely shared Dropbox folder based on the following criteria;


Currently studying on any qualification listed in the categories below

(not available if you have an existing practitioner qualification, i.e. if you are studying a BSc 
but already hold a level 3,4 or 5 vocational qualification or studying to a higher level from a Level 3 Sports Massage)

The following membership categories also require evidence of a current first aid qualification that is HSE compliant and includes a CPR element, if you work pitch-side it is advisable to have a specific pitch-side trauma qualification


Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy issued after 2014. (Level 3 awards issued between 2003 and 2014 may meet full membership category requirements.)


Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy, Level 4/5 Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy, HND Sports Therapy, FdSc


BSc or MSc Sports Therapy, Sports Rehab, post graduate Sports Physiotherapy.

Membership guidelines:

Certain qualifications, advertised as meeting National Occupational Standards do not meet our stringent membership criteria, however, to enable you to benefit from our affiliate member scheme, we will work with you to provide the necessary support to identify a progression route to full membership.

We reserve the right to refuse membership applications from holders of certain qualifications unless accompanied by details of external assessment and verification procedures. This will be requested on receipt of individual application.

If your qualification is not listed above, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and give us details and if possible, a link to the course.

Unfortunately, The STA do not accept any qualifications issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, Distance Learning Academy, Open Study College, BSY Group, NCFE, ABC awards, UK Public College, Active Health Group or Active Health Awards.

Level 3 courses total qualifcation time should be 230 hours, blended learning with at least 50 hours in class teaching. 

The STA do not recognise Level 6 Diplomas or Master Diplomas that do not appear on a qualification framework for any membership category.
Membership levels for the Sports Therapy Association are based on the industry agreed National Occupational Standards (NOS)

If you are unsure about your qualification, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for clarification

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Office Address: Sports Therapy Association, 67 Saxilby Road, Sturton By Stow, Lincoln, LN1 2AA. Email: Enquiry Tel: 01427 788162


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