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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.
  • Affiliate, Full or Graduate. 
  • (not available if you have an existing practitioner qualification)
  • Example- if you are studying a BSc but already hold a level 3,4 or 5 vocational qualification)                                                                                  


  • Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy issued after 2014.


  • 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.


  • Wanting to join the STA to take advantage of our great member benefits but don't necessarily fit into any of our categories.
  • For example, you may be an Osteopath by trade then this is the membership for you!

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. 

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, Active Health Group or Active Health Awards.

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


How to send in your evidence

Please send the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • A smart phone photo of your highest industry award (eg Level 4 Sports Massage). 
  • A smart phone photo of your first aid certificate or email confirmation of a course you have booked on. 

Once we have received this we will send you a link to a Dropbox folder, you may have to check your junk mail. It will come from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can upload all your industry CPD certificates. It will contain links to important member benefits, social media groups and insurance, all this is contained in the welcome letter in the folder.

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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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