Becoming an RMT in Ontario

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Massage Therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints, for the purpose of optimizing health.

Ontario’s Massage Therapists (“MTs” / “RMTs”) are primarily self-employed health professionals working in a variety of settings such as Massage Therapy clinics, chiropractic or other multi-disciplinary clinics, health spas, long-term care facilities, community health clinics and hospitals, and private practice.

To practise Massage Therapy in Ontario, you must be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). Only those registered with the College may use the protected titles “Registered Massage Therapist” (“RMT”) or “Massage Therapist” (“MT”). Both titles are equivalent and mean that the holder of the title is a registrant of CMTO.

To become an RMT in Ontario, an applicant must:

  • Complete a recognized Massage Therapy diploma program.
    • If the education was completed more than three years before attempting the Certification Examinations or before applying for registration, the applicant must successfully complete a CMTO Refresher Course.
  • Complete CMTO’s Certification Examinations.
  • Submit a Letter of Standing Form for Registration with CMTO if they are currently practising or have previously practised in any regulated profession, including Massage Therapy in Ontario, or any other jurisdiction. The letter must come directly to CMTO from the professional regulator.
  • Submit a Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Demonstrate they are permitted to work in Ontario by providing evidence of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency in Canada, or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act(Canada) to engage in the practice of Massage Therapy.
  • Be able to speak and write either English or French with reasonable fluency (meet the requirements of CMTO’s Language Fluency Requirement).
  • Provide proof of professional liability insurance.
  • Satisfy the Registration Committee that their past and present conduct provide reasonable grounds for the belief that they:
    • Will practise Massage Therapy with decency, honesty and integrity, and in accordance with the law;
    • Do not have any physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect their ability to practise Massage Therapy in a safe manner; and
    • Will display an appropriately professional attitude.

Initial Registration

As noted above, applicants must successfully complete the Certification Examinations. From the time, when an applicant receives certification examination results indicating successful completion of the examinations, it can take up to ten (10) business days for the College to send an e-mail confirming the applicant’s eligibility to apply for registration and to provide information about CMTO’s Initial Registration (IR) process. This email will include information about fees and a list of documents (the Initial Registration Checklist) required for registration.

Complete details of the requirements and documents needed to accompany the registration application are found in the Initial Registration Guide. Additional information about registration and professional liability insurance can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.

Submitting the Application for Initial Registration

After you have received confirmation from CMTO that you are eligible to apply for registration, gather the required documents as listed on the Initial Registration Document Checklist. Once you have obtained your documents, you can complete the online application form by following the instructions found in the e-mail you will receive after passing the certification examinations.

Important Information Re: Vulnerable Sector (VS) Checks: If you were provided an electronic or digital version of a VS Check issued directly from your local police service, you may include the electronic copy when submitting your supporting documents by email. However, if you were issued a hard copy VS Check from your local police service, you must mail the hard copy to CMTO. Scanned copies of original paper VS Checks will NOT be accepted.

If you are an applicant living in either Toronto or Ottawa and are unable to obtain a VS Check from your municipal police service, contact the Registration Services department by email at