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 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:

Criminal Record Check

All registered massage therapists must complete a criminal record check when they first register with CMTBC and every five years thereafter.

The Criminal Records Review Act and Health Professions Act outline the requirement for a criminal record check that applies to registrants with all 23 BC health regulatory colleges. For more information, see Who Must Have Their Criminal Record Checked on the BC Government website. CMTBC’s Bylaws also require a criminal record check for active registration.

Completing the criminal record check through the Ministry of Justice

The fastest way to complete the criminal record check is to use the BC Ministry of Justice’s online criminal record check service, where you do the following:

  • Enter the CMTBC access code in the access code box: N2X64AQ6J4.
  • Type the characters shown in the captcha.
  • Click “Request a New Criminal Record Check”.
  • Follow the instructions and review all information to ensure that it is correct before submitting.
  • Print the final page for your records.

The Ministry will send the results to CMTBC.

Completing the criminal record check through CMTBC

If you are unable to use the Ministry of Justice’s online service, you can complete the criminal record check through CMTBC by doing the following:

Using a criminal record check completed for another organization

If you completed a criminal record check for another organization, you may be able to use the results to meet the criminal record check requirement, provided that:

  • You ticked Schedule B – working with children and vulnerable adults.
  • The criminal record check was completed within the last five years through the Ministry of Justice.

On the Ministry’s online criminal record check service, share the results of a valid criminal record check by doing the following:

  • Enter the CMTBC access code in the access code box: N2X64AQ6J4.
  • Type the characters shown in the captcha.
  • Click “Share the result of a Completed Criminal Record Check”.
  • Follow the instructions and review all information to ensure that it is correct before submitting.
  • Print the final page for your records.

Please note that the above-listed methods for completing a criminal record check are the only acceptable methods for meeting CMTBC’s criminal record check requirements.

Why some individuals are required to be fingerprinted to complete a criminal record check

If you have the same combination of gender and date-of-birth as a sex offender who has record suspensions (formerly known as pardons) for sexual offences, you must be fingerprinted to confirm your identity. This is a federal RCMP requirement that applies to all Canadians. Fingerprinting is necessary to eliminate the possibility that an offender has changed their name in order to pass a criminal record check. For more information, see Vulnerable Sector Checks on the BC Government website.

Consequences of failing to complete a criminal record check

Under Section 33(2) of the Health Professions Act, any registrant who fails to authorize a criminal records check must be investigated by the College’s Inquiry Committee. The outcome of such an investigation may result in:

  • The imposition of limits or conditions on;
  • The suspension of; or
  • The cancellation of the registrant’s practice.

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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