Applying for Registration

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To be eligible to register with CMTO, you must first meet the requirements for registration, including completing a recognized Massage Therapy program and successfully completing CMTO’s Certification Examinations.

After receiving your exam results, it can take up to 10 business days for CMTO to e-mail information about the Initial Registration (IR) process. This e-mail will include information about application fees and a list of required documents that must be submitted with the application. It will also include a  link to submit an online application form by using the applicant portal.

Before logging in to complete the application, please gather the required documents as listed on the Initial Registration Document Checklist. Submission of the application information and payment of the application fee is completed online. Detailed information about the Initial Registration process, required documents and fees can be found in the Initial Registration Application Guide.

As per the Education Requirement for Exam Eligibility and Initial Registration Policy, an applicant’s education must be no more than three years old at the time they apply for registration. If their education is more than three years old, they must successfully complete a CMTO-approved refresher course no more than 15 months before the date of their application.

Once the application is complete, it will be processed within 10 business days from the date it is received by the CMTO. If your application is incomplete or if more information is required, you will be contacted by e-mail within 10 business days.

New Requirement Effective January 1, 2022

Transcript Submission: A transcript demonstrating successful completion of a recognized Massage Therapy Education program is required. Applicants may submit the transcript in the form it is provided by the educational institution or request their school send an official transcript to CMTO. Original paper transcripts must be mailed to CMTO while electronic transcripts can be uploaded directly by the applicant when applying for registration through CMTO’s online Applicant Portal. Official electronic transcripts sent by the school can be e-mailed to

Education Validity Extension for Certification Examinations and at Initial Registration due to the Impact of COVID-19

An individual must have completed a recognized Massage Therapy education program no more than three years before the date of their certification examinations. Their education must also be no more than three years old when they apply for initial registration with CMTO. In recognition of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on this timeframe, CMTO will grant a one-time extension equivalent to the time lost due to the certification examinations not being administered in 2020. Please review Education Validity Extension for Certification Examinations and at Initial Registration due to the Impact of COVID-19 for more information.

Practising Before Registration

Massage therapy students or graduates who have not yet successfully completed CMTO’s certification examinations are not yet registered with CMTO. CMTO believes that it is not in the public’s interest for students or graduates to practice before they are registered with CMTO.

As noted in the Massage Therapy Graduates/Students Practicing Without Being Registered Policy, if CMTO receives information suggesting that a Massage Therapy student or graduate is, or has been, practicing before being registered, the information will be reviewed as part of the application for registration.

Application FAQs

To become registered, you must complete an online initial registration application form. A link to the online application will be provided to you in your “Eligible to Apply” e-mail once you have successfully passed both certification examinations.

The fee for Initial Registration includes a one-time administrative application fee of $100.00 and an annual fee that is prorated based on the month an application is submitted. The prorated fee covers registration until December 31st of that year.

CMTO’s registration year runs from January 1st to December 31st each year.  Renewal always takes place between October 1st and December 31st for the following year. If you become registered after October 1st, you must pay the application fee, the prorated fee for the remainder of that year and the full fee for the following year. The process will depend on exactly when you become registered:

  • If your registration is granted at any time up to and including October 31st: you must renew your registration by November 1st. If you don’t renew by this deadline, you will be charged a $100.00 late fee. If you do not renew and pay all required fees by December 31st, your registration may be suspended for non-payment of fees.
  • If your registration is granted after November 1st: although no late fee applies, you must renew your registration by December 31st or your registration may be suspended for non-payment of fees.

If you are planning to apply for registration later in the year and cannot pay the prorated annual fee and the renewal fee for the following year, you may wish to consider applying for registration after January 1st.

There are no restrictions on the photo requirements other than that it must be a headshot that is professional in appearance. Any size is acceptable, and you may have your picture taken by a professional or may take it yourself.  You may smile, wear jewelry or glasses, and have your hair in any style of your choice.

For Further Information

If you have a question about initial registration and you do not find your answer on the website, in the Initial Registration Guide, or in the FAQs above, please contact


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