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Registration Examination

Introduction

Entry-level registered massage therapists are prepared as generalists to enter into practice safely, competently, and ethically:

  • in situations of health and illness,
  • with people of all genders across the lifespan, and
  • in diverse practice settings.

The following two types of applicants must complete all four components of CMTBC’s registration examination in order to be eligible to register with the College:

RMTs from Regulated Provinces – Ontario, Newfoundland/Labrador, and New Brunswick – do not need to write all four components of CMTBC’s registration examination. These applicants will be enrolled in CMTBC’s online Law, Ethics and Professionalism course, and must successfully complete a proctored online exam based on the course material. For more information, see RMTs from Regulated Provinces.

After successfully completing the registration examination and meeting all other entry-to-practice requirements, individuals may register with CMTBC and become registered massage therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia.

Application for registration examination

Applicants for registration must apply to write the registration examination by logging in to the CMTBC Portal and completing the application for registration. Applicants will be directed within the portal to identify themselves as graduates of recognized education programs or as applicants who completed the Prior Learning Assessment process and are eligible to sit the examination.

Applicants who require accommodation of the standard exam environment due to disability or a temporary condition may apply under terms set by the College’s Registration Committee Accommodation Policy for the Registration Examination (PDF)

Examination fees

The following fees apply:

  • Examination fee: $1,200
  • Re-examination (written or online): $275
  • Re-examination (practical): $650

Law, Ethics and Professionalism (RMTs from Regulated Provinces): $275

Dress code for examinations

Exam candidates are asked not to wear clothing with school logos.

Written and online examinations are held in air-conditioned facilities. Layered clothing is recommended. Bulky clothing that may conceal notes is not permitted.

Candidates are expected to present themselves in professional clinical attire for the performance-based assessment (PBA).

In consideration of others who may have allergies, candidates are asked to refrain from wearing scented products at all exam components.

Supplies and personal effects

Candidates at the written exams are to bring two HB pencils, an eraser, and a pencil sharpener. Candidates at the online examination require no supplies. A pen is required at the PBA for charting purposes, and candidates are invited to bring a holder for lotion/oil bottles. Lotion and oil will be provided at the PBA; candidates are not permitted to use their own, to avoid allergic reactions by standardized patient-examiners.

Government-issued photo identification is required in all exam settings. Candidates will not be permitted to sit a scheduled exam if they lack government-issued photo identification (e.g. passport, driver’s license).

Water is permitted, in a clear bottle.

No personal effects are permitted on or near exam writing tables. All books, backpacks, purses, wallets, and personal items including electronic devices are stored at the exam facility. CMTBC is not responsible for personal effects. Candidates are advised to limit the personal items they bring to exams. Anyone found with an electronic device during any exam component will be immediately disqualified.

Examiners and Invigilators

The examiners at the performance-based assessment are RMTs who have had no less than five years of practical clinical experience and extensive postgraduate education. Examiners have a variety of backgrounds and comprehensive clinical practice experience.

Invigilators at the written and online exams are responsible for signing in candidates, assigning seating, and overseeing the exams. They will neither interpret nor clarify questions for candidates. The invigilators will assist if there is information missing in an exam package, to oversee washroom facilities, and to ensure quiet space. The invigilators maintain exam security and supervise to prevent cheating.

Cheating

Candidates caught cheating will receive an automatic failure and not be permitted to sit the examination again without permission from CMTBC’s Registration Committee.

Grading and notification of results

Candidates must achieve at least 70% on each of the two written exam components and on the online exam, and achieve competency standards in the performance-based assessment. There is no averaging of marks over the four components of the registration examination. A successful grade must be achieved in each component for a candidate to qualify for registration.

In the performance-based assessment, candidates who demonstrate injurious treatment methods or are deemed to have harmed the patient-examiner will be considered to be at risk of harm and given a failing grade.

Candidates will receive official notification of results by email and by mail approximately six weeks after scheduled components of the examinations are complete, following comprehensive review of the results by psychometric analysts. Results will not be given over the phone.

Deadline for successful completion of all components of registration examination

Consistent with College bylaws, candidates must successfully complete all four components of the registration examination within two years of their first attempt at the registration examination. 

Rewrites

Candidates who receive a “fail” grade on any component of the registration examination will need to repeat that component.

Second Attempt

Candidates are entitled to retake any failed component of the registration examination once (a second attempt).

Third Attempt

Candidates may be able to make a third attempt if they do one or both of the following:

  • Successfully complete one or more courses acceptable to the Registration Committee on the subjects contained in the failed component(s) of the registration examinations; and/or
  • Submit a written request to the Registration Committee to allow a third attempt that sets out the reasons why the request should be granted.

The Registration Committee has the sole discretion to grant or refuse a request for a third attempt at the registration examinations. Candidates may complete a Supplementary Education Plan (fillable PDF) and submit it to CMTBC for approval by the Registration Committee. Instructions for submission of the completed form are on the first page of the form.

Fourth Attempt

Candidates may be able to make a fourth attempt if they meet the following criteria:

  • The requested fourth attempt falls within two years from the candidate’s first attempt at the Registration Examination,
  • if the applicant has failed the Clinical Science, Knowledge and Theory of Sciences and/or Performance Based Assessment portions of the Registration Examination, the applicant has requested a written analysis of all failed portions of the Registration Examination,
  • the applicant has submitted satisfactory evidence from an educational institution acceptable to the Registration Committee (e.g. massage therapy education program, university, or public college) that the applicant is enrolled in course work related to the content that the applicant failed,
  • the applicant agrees to submit, as soon as practicable and prior to admission to a sitting of the Registration Examination or portion thereof, satisfactory evidence from an educational institution acceptable to the Registration Committee that the applicant successfully completed the course work related to the content that the applicant failed and
  • the applicant has demonstrated that their remedial studies substantially or wholly incorporate CMTBC’s Recommended Resources for Exams.

Reapplication Required

Candidates whose requests for additional attempts have been refused and candidates who fail on the fourth attempt must submit a new “Application for Registration” to the College.  Successful results on any portion of the registration examinations that were achieved one year prior to submitting the new “Application for Registration” may be brought forward.

Analysis of failed examinations

Candidates can request a detailed written analysis of failed registration examination component(s) in three areas: Clinical Science, Knowledge and Theory of Sciences, and the Performance Based Assessment.  

The cost of the analysis is $125 per component.

The analysis will identify areas of weakness in the failed components of the registration examination to help candidates focus their studies on those areas, prior to any subsequent attempts to re-take the examination. Requests for an analysis must be made in writing and delivered to the College by the deadline indicated in the letter sent to candidates with grades. Candidates who fail the Law, Ethics and Professionalism online examination must repeat the course and re-take the online exam.

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