The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) regulates the profession of massage therapy in BC. The College acts on behalf of the public to ensure that registered massage therapists (RMTs) in BC deliver safe, ethical and effective treatment.

Resources for Applicants

Recognized Massage Therapy Education Programs

In BC, a number of institutions offer massage therapy education programs. If you are planning to enroll in a BC massage therapy education program, with the goal of becoming a registered massage therapist (RMT), keep in mind that you will receive recognition only for programs offered by institutions registered with and accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) or by a public college accredited by B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education.

Accredited massage therapy education programs currently include the following:

Entry to Practice Requirements

Registration with the College indicates an RMT meets entry to practice requirements to consistently provide safe, effective, and ethical massage therapy.

The following two documents outline entry to practice requirements:

The following video provides detailed information on how the Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators document is used to help assess applicants’ readiness for practice:

Registration Hearing Decisions

The CMTBC Registration Committee is responsible for granting registration, including reinstatement of registration, to registrants of the College. Where, after conducting a Registration Hearing, a panel of the Registration Committee has refused to grant admission or reinstatement, its decisions and reasons are posted below.

There are no registration hearing decisions at this time.

Fee Schedule & Payment Options

Fee Schedule

The CMTBC Fee Schedule (PDF) outlines all fees charged by the College, including:

  • Registration fees
  • Registration examination fees
  • Quality assurance fees
  • Incorporation fees
  • Miscellaneous fees

The fees are subject to change.

View the CMTBC Fee Schedule (PDF).

Payment Options

Payments for fees can be made by credit card, cheque, or cash. Credit card payments can be made through the CMTBC Online Portal or in person at the CMTBC office. 

Forms for Applicants

The following are forms for applicants for registration with CMTBC. In some cases, the forms are PDF versions of online forms in the CMTBC Online Portal, and should only be used by applicants who cannot access the portal. Those forms are indicated below. In other cases, the forms only exist in PDF format.

Application For Registration

This form is for graduates of BC recognized education programs applying for registration. The form should only be used by applicants who cannot use the online version of the form in the CMTBC Online Portal. Application For Registration (PDF)

Application For Registration Regulated Provinces

This form is for active registrants from other regulated provinces (Ontario, Newfoundland/Labrador, or New Brunswick) who wish to register as an RMT in BC. The form should only be used by applicants who cannot use the online version of the form in the CMTBC Online Portal. Application For Registration - Regulated Provinces (PDF)

Application For Credential and Prior Learning Assessment

This form is for applicants from non-regulated provinces or who have been internationally educated. The form should only be used by applicants who cannot use the online version of the form in the CMTBC Online Portal. Application For Credential and Prior Learning Assessment (PDF)

Solemn Declaration

This form is for all applicants. Solemn Declaration (PDF)

Accommodation Eligibility Questionnaire for Registration Applicants

This form is for registration examination candidates who require accommodation for a documented disability or special need. Accommodation Eligibility Questionnaire for Registration Applicants (PDF)

Accommodation Request Verification Form

This form is for qualified health care practitioners to complete for registration examination candidates requesting accommodation for a documented disability or special need. Accommodation Request Verification Form (PDF)

Supplementary Education Plan

This form is for applicants who are unsuccessful in two attempts to pass one or more of the CMTBC registration examinations. These applicants are required to submit evidence of recent upgrading before permission may be granted for a third attempt. Supplementary Education Plan (PDF)

Credit Card Authorization

This form is for all applicants and registrants. Credit Card Authorization (PDF)

Confidential Character Reference Form

This form is to be sent by all applicants to those persons who are providing their confidential references. Confidential Character Reference Form (PDF)

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