National Accreditation for Massage Therapy Education Programs

In January 2013 the Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) engaged a consultant to create a stakeholder-driven action plan to establish national accreditation.

A 10-member National Accreditation Planning Committee was formed to provide direction for the project, with representation as follows:


 Membership of the Planning Committee
 Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools
 Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance
 College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
 College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador
 College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
 Massage Therapists’ Association of BC
 Newfoundland & Labrador Massage Therapists’ Association
 Ontario Council of Private Massage Therapy Colleges
 Ontario Heads of Massage
 Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario


The Committee met both face-to-face and by distance over the period March – October 2013, activities culminating with the publication of this report. To broaden involvement, throughout its work the Committee distributed a series of Communication Bulletins to education programs, professional associations and relevant government agencies across Canada.

Recipients were asked to further distribute the Bulletins to colleagues at their discretion, and names were freely added to the Committee’s distribution list.

In its work the Committee drew upon resources made available by the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC), including AAAC’s Guidelines for Good Practice of Accreditation of Professional Programs. On behalf of the Committee, the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance took out an associate membership in AAAC with the intention of transferring the membership to the yet-to-be created national accreditation organization.

The Planning Committee’s conclusions, recommendations and proposed action plan were presented to stakeholders for feedback at a workshop held in Toronto on October 8 2013. There were 61 participants in the workshop. The Committee’s general approach was strongly supported by participants; in addition numerous suggestions were made and issues were identified for future consideration.

For the complete final report of the National Accreditation Planning Committee, click here.