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What Is an RMT?

Anyone who is aware of the unauthorized use of a reserved title by an individual who is not a BC RMT can make a report to CMTBC. Use the secure Unauthorized Use of Reserved Titles Form to make a report.

A registered massage therapist (RMT) in British Columbia is a health professional regulated by CMTBC under BC’s Health Professions Act.

Applicants for registration with CMTBC have completed post-secondary education in clinical applications of health sciences in massage therapy settings, and must meet CMTBC’s rigorous entry-level requirements.

RMTs are subject to:

Like all regulated health professionals, RMTs must practice within their professional scope of practice.  For RMTs, this means providing primarily manual, hands-on treatment and assessment in accordance with the definition of “massage therapy” in the Massage Therapists Regulation.  Many modalities and treatments that may be considered acceptable in other jurisdictions are outside the scope of practice of massage therapy in British Columbia.  CMTBC has posted specific guidance on yoga instruction and on using terms such as “specialize in” or “advanced” to describe one’s practice.

CMTBC Public Register

CMTBC maintains an online Public Register of registered massage therapists (RMTs) in BC.

The searchable register provides the following up-to-date information about each CMTBC registrant:

  • Name
  • Registration status (Practising, Non-practising, or Former)
  • Initial and end registration dates
  • Gender
  • Disciplinary actions taken by CMTBC against the registrant, including links to public notices about the registrant (if any)
  • Contact information (place of practice, address, and phone number)
  • Registration history (from 1989 onwards)

Searches can be conducted of all registrants, including Non-practising and Former registrants, or just of Practising registrants.

Members of the public can search the Public Register to verify the registration of an RMT, and to be informed if any disciplinary actions have been taken against a registrant. Maintaining the register is one way the College protects the public interest. Take a few minutes to search the Public Register before booking an appointment with a practitioner.

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