Education Outside Ontario

Massage Therapy Education from Outside Ontario

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One of the requirements for registration with CMTO is successful completion of a diploma from a Massage Therapy program recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, or a program or qualifications that are deemed to be equivalent.

Individuals educated outside Ontario can meet the education requirement for registration if:

  • They are currently registered as a Massage Therapist in another regulated province in Canada and use labour mobility to have their credentials recognized by CMTO; or
  • They graduated from an education program that was fully accredited by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation at the time they began the program, or had preliminary accreditation when they began the program and full accreditation when they graduated; or
  • They successfully completed CMTO’s Massage Therapy Education and Credential Assessment (MTECA) process; or
  • They apply for advanced standing in a recognized Ontario program and are granted a diploma from that program.

Massage Therapists Registered in a Regulated Province

Under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), regulated professionals, including Massage Therapists, are eligible to have their credentials recognized from another province in Canada in which the profession is regulated. This means that a Massage Therapist from a province where Massage Therapy is regulated can apply for registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). They must:

The Standards and Regulations E-Workshop is an online course designed to help applicants gain an understanding of the legislation, Standards of Practice, policies and procedures that govern Massage Therapy practice in Ontario. Learn more about the Standards and Regulations E-Workshop;

Accreditation of Massage Therapy Education Outside Ontario

CMTO’s Registration Committee has accepted accreditation by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) of Massage Therapy education programs outside of Ontario as evidence that these programs are equivalent to a program recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities. The CMTCA and Education Program Equivalence policy clarifies that a Massage Therapy education program outside Ontario is deemed equivalent if the program has achieved:

  • Full CMTCA Accreditation at the time a student is first registered (i.e., when the student began the program); or
  • CMTCA Preliminary Accreditation at the time a student is first registered AND Full CMTCA Accreditation before the student graduates (Preliminary Accreditation at the time the student graduates is not sufficient).

Students who graduate from a program that meets the above-noted requirements must also satisfy the language fluency requirement for registration and successfully complete the CMTO Jurisprudence Examination or the Standards and Regulations E-Workshop prior to being eligible to take the CMTO Certification Examinations.

Please visit the CMTCA website for a list of accredited Massage Therapy programs in Canada.

Massage Therapy Education and Credential Assessment

Applicants educated outside Ontario who did not graduate from a CMTCA-accredited program and who are not eligible for labor mobility under CFTA may have their Massage Therapy education and credentials assessed for equivalence. If their prior training is deemed equivalent to current programs approved in Ontario, they must also successfully complete the Standards and Regulations E-Workshop and meet the language fluency requirement before being permitted to attempt the CMTO Certification Examinations.

CMTO’s education and credential assessment process is called the Massage Therapy Education and Credential Assessment (MTECA).

MTECA focuses on the individual’s Massage Therapy education, including any relevant professional development course(s) that may have been completed.

CMTO will accept MTECA applications throughout the year. Applicants will need to obtain documentation in their home jurisdiction and are encouraged to begin the MTECA application process before arriving in Ontario.

The MTECA application package, including a handbook with detailed instructions, all required forms and fee information, can be accessed through the links below. If you have any questions, please contact

MTECA Handbook
Document Request Form
Self-Evaluation of Education and Credentials Form
Professional Development Activity Report
MTECA Application Form
MTECA Application Checklist

Advanced Standing

Applicants educated outside Ontario may choose to apply to an Ontario Massage Therapy program for advanced standing. Each program will have its own process for evaluating previous education and granting credit for courses already completed. They will then inform the applicant of the number of additional courses/credits that must be completed before they can be granted a diploma from the Ontario school. Applicants should contact education programs directly for information about their advanced standing process and options.


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