Until recently, there was a wide range of different massage qualifications available, not all of which were widely recognised. That changed in 2002, with the foundation of the Sports Massage Association.
The SMA is the UK's recognised professional body for this field, and is recognised by major employers in the UK including the British Olympic Association, UK Sport, and many sporting National Governing Bodies.
Recognised massage qualifications are essential if you want to practice in this field. It is therefore incumbent on you to ensure that before you commence any training course you are sure that the certification you will receive is going to help you to get a job.
A good example of a highly recognised certification is the Professional Diploma in Sports Massage and Sports Treatment. This is a course that is recognised throughout the UK, and indeed elsewhere in the world.
BTEC (The Business and Technical Education Council) is a long established awarding body that works with colleges and universities around the world to deliver recognised training.
Provided you are careful in selecting your training provider, this is a field that offers an increasing range of opportunities, with more and more people wanting to enjoy the benefits.