CMTBC recognizes education programs that meet entry-to-practice standards for the massage therapy profession in BC. The standards are set out in two documents:
In addition, education programs require government approval from the jurisdiction where they are resident. In BC, massage therapy education programs require approval from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education. Education programs outside of BC and within Canada have the option of applying for accreditation from the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). Once a program has received CMTCA’s three or five-year accreditation, it qualifies for program recognition by CMTBC. When a program meets government requirements as well as CMTBC’s entry-to-practice standards, the College will grant program recognition.
Massage therapy education programs that are recognized by CMTBC are named in Schedule A of the CMTBC Bylaws.
Graduates of recognized massage therapy education programs are eligible to take the registration examination to become RMTs in BC. See Registration Examination for full details of the exams.
Graduates of recognized massage therapy education programs can apply in the Applicant Portal to take the registration examination.
New applicants should create an account, log in to the portal, and follow the steps outlined in the portal.
Already have an account?
All existing applicants who created an account on the old CMTBC Portal must activate their account on CMTBC’s new portal. To activate your account, go to the Applicant Portal and click “Apply now!” Follow the prompts to access material you previously submitted.
Applicants must upload the following documents to CMTBC before they can take the registration examination:
Passport Quality Photo
Upload a passport quality photo via the Applicant Portal.
The examination fee is $1,200.
Pay by credit card (Visa or Mastercard) in the Applicant Portal; cheque mailed to CMTBC; or credit or debit card, cheque, or cash in person at the CMTBC office.
The registration examination is held twice a year, winter and late summer.
See Exam Components for information about the registration examination.
See Exam Dates & Locations for dates/times/locations of the next registration examination, and the application deadline.
Applicants receive official notification of results approximately six weeks after the final component of the examination is complete. You are asked to not phone the College requesting exam results. Results will not be given over the phone.
After successful completion of all components of the registration examination, applicants must provide the following documents to complete registration:
Letters of reference
You must arrange for three character references. Character references must be from individuals who have known you for at least two years, and who are not family members, classmates, or friends.
Log in to the Applicant Portal and provide the required information for your referees, including an email address for each. Referees will then be emailed a link that allows them to provide a confidential reference in a secure area on the portal.
Proof of eligibility to work in Canada
Upload a copy of one of the following in the Applicant Portal:
First aid certificate
Upload a copy of your current first aid certificate in the Applicant Portal. See the Standard First Aid & CPR-C page for more information on CMTBC’s first aid and CPR-C requirements. You must have current certification in Standard First Aid/CPR-C from one of the five national providers named in CMTBC’s Bylaws:
Proof of liability insurance
Upload the pages of your liability insurance policy that show the amount of coverage and the dates for which you are covered. Ensure your name is on the pages you upload.
Under Part 4 of the Criminal Records Review Act, all Registered Massage Therapists must complete a criminal record check when they first become registered with the College and every five years thereafter.
Fill out the Consent to Criminal Record Check(s) form in the Applicant Portal, download the form that requires a signature, and upload the signed form. CMTBC will then communicate the required information to the Criminal Records Review Program to ensure that your check is carried out. Once you have provided CMTBC with your signed consent form, all future checks will be conducted automatically.
The following fees are payable:
Pay by credit or debit card (Visa or Mastercard) in the Applicant Portal; cheque mailed to CMTBC; or cheque, or cash in person at the CMTBC office.