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:
- Langara College (Vancouver)
- Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (Vernon)
- Vancouver Career College (Burnaby, Kelowna)
- Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (Vancouver)
- West Coast College of Massage Therapy (New Westminster, Victoria)
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:
- Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice - September 2016 (PDF) CMTBC’s registration examination will be aligned to the 2016 version from August 2018, onward.
- Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice - 2012 (PDF) Accredited and CMTBC-recognized education programs in BC received recognition based on the alignment of their curricula to the learning outcomes in the 2012 version of the PCs/PIs. CMTBC registration examinations are aligned to this version until spring, 2018.
- Guidelines for Foundational Knowledge in Massage Therapy Educational Programs (PDF)
The following video provides detailed information on how the Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators document is used to help assess applicants’ readiness for practice:
Fee Schedule & Payment Options
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).
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)
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)