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 CMTBC’s bylaws require that you graduate from a Recognized Education Program. CMTBC recognizes education programs that are approved by B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education,
Recognized massage therapy education programs in BC:
- CDI College (Surrey)
- 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:
Criminal Record Check
The Criminal Records Review Act requires every registered massage therapist (RMT) to undergo a criminal record check (CRC) on entry to the profession and at least once every five years thereafter. The College facilitates this requirement by collecting your consent and authorization, and submitting your information to the Criminal Records Review Program (CRRP) of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
On receipt of your consent, the College will forward the required information to the CRRP, which will process the information and perform the CRC. As part of your CRC, the CRRP will conduct a vulnerable sector check. If your combination of gender and date-of-birth is shared by someone who has been charged with or convicted of a sexual offence, you may be asked to provide fingerprints to confirm your identity. This is a federal RCMP requirement that applies to everyone required to undergo a CRC. In such circumstances, fingerprinting is necessary to eliminate the possibility that an offender has changed their name in order to pass a CRC.
If your fingerprints are required, you will receive a letter to that effect directly from the CRRP, which will include forms and instructions. You will be required to visit your local police agency to have your fingerprints taken, which will then be sent to the RCMP’s Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services to confirm whether or not they match those of a person with a record suspension for a sexual offence. Fingerprinting fees are set by each municipality and police agency and are in addition to the CRC fee. If your fingerprints are required, it is important that you attend to the requirement as soon as possible because failure to do so means that you are not fully consenting to a CRC. Generally, the CRRP will allow you 90 days from the date of their letter to you to comply with the fingerprinting request. If you do not comply with this timeline, the CRRP will close your file and notify the College that you have not been cleared to work with children and vulnerable adults. This will result in further action by the College.
Once the check has been completed, the CRRP will either notify you and the College if a relevant offence appears on your record, or will provide an electronic clearance to the College which is valid for five years from the date of processing. If a relevant offence appears on your record, the College will contact you and a further process will follow. Otherwise, you will receive a clearance as confirmation from the CRRP that there is no information on your record to suggest that you pose a risk to the safety of children and vulnerable adults.
The College will not disclose your CRC details to any third party. However, if your employer or another organization is willing to accept the results of your CRC, you can share the results at no cost provided your employer or other organization is registered with the CRRP. Read more about sharing results of a criminal record check.
To provide the College with your consent to a CRC, please print the Consent to Criminal Record Check(s) form (PDF), complete the form in full (including signature and date), scan it as a PDF (not a JPEG or other image file), and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may send the completed and signed form to the College by mail to: College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, #304-1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6H 3V1. The form must be clearly signed and dated, or it will not be accepted. This consent applies to the current CRC and all required future CRCs, unless you revoke your consent.
For more information about criminal record checks, visit the Criminal Records Review Program website.
Fee Schedule & Payment Options
Schedule “B” of the CMTBC Bylaws 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.
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.
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 (fillable form)
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)