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Reserved Titles

The following are reserved titles protected by law in British Columbia:

  • “Registered Massage Therapist”
  • “Massage Therapist”
  • “Registered Massage Practitioner”
  • “Massage Practitioner”

Only qualified health professionals can legally use these titles or the abbreviations “RMT”, “MT”, “RMP”, and “MP” in BC. In addition, only qualified health professionals can use these titles as part of any term or description used to describe themselves.

Health professionals who are entitled to use these titles and abbreviations are registered with CMTBC. They have met rigorous registration requirements, including post-secondary education in sciences and in clinical applications of massage therapy, and they have passed a multi-component registration examination. They are regulated under the Health Professions Act, the Massage Therapists Regulation, and the College’s Bylaws. They must demonstrate continued competence and meet standards of practice and standards of professional ethics to ensure that they practice safely, effectively, and ethically.

The terms “massage specialist”, “bodyworker”, “spa therapist”, and “Raynor therapist” are not reserved by law in BC. Any individual with an interest in massage, no matter his/her level of education, may use these terms. These unregulated individuals do not necessarily carry liability insurance and there is no recourse to the College should they practice unsafely, ineffectively, or unethically.

Reporting unauthorized title use

Anyone who is aware of an unauthorized person using a reserved title can submit a report to the College online using the secure Unauthorized Use of Reserved Titles Form.

Because this type of report concerns individuals who are not registrants of the College, CMTBC will accept anonymous reports of unauthorized title use.


For more information, contact:

Director, Inquiry and Discipline
College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
604.736.3404 ext. 106

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