Massage Therapists Educated Outside Ontario

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Massage Therapists Registered in a Regulated Province

Under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), regulated professions, including Massage Therapy, have mutual recognition of credentials across provinces. This means that a Massage Therapist from a regulated province who is registered and in good standing with their province’s regulatory College can apply for registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) upon completion of the CMTO Jurisprudence Examination OR the CMTO four-week Standards and Regulations E-Workshop. Following successful completion of the examination or workshop, the CFTA applicant must also complete the application for Initial Registration (IR) and any administrative requirements related to that application, such as submission of a current Vulnerable Sector criminal record check. Please see the Initial Registration Guide for more details.

The jurisprudence examination is a 60-minute multiple choice examination. The content is pulled from the College’s MCQ Certification Examination item bank and covers the following Ontario specific topics:

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

CMTCA Accreditation for Massage Therapy Education Outside of Ontario

CMTO’s Registration Committee has accepted accreditation by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTAC) for the purposes of identifying Massage Therapy education programs outside of Ontario to be deemed equivalent to a program in a private vocational school in Ontario, or a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario. The CMTCA for Accreditation and Education Program Equivalence policy provides further information with regards to the acceptance of the accreditation process. Please visit CMTCA’s website to review the Massage Therapy programs accredited in Canada.

Massage Therapists from Unregulated Provinces or Trained Internationally

Applicants who have not graduated from a Massage Therapy program at a private vocational school in Ontario, or a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario (an ‘approved program’), must have their Massage Therapy education assessed. If their prior training is deemed equivalent to current programs approved in Ontario, they must also successfully complete the Standards and Regulations E-Workshop before being permitted to attempt the CMTO Certification Examinations.

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

The MTECA focuses on the individual’s Massage Therapy education, including any relevant professional development course(s) that may have been completed. It is a paper-based review that is less time consuming and less expensive for the applicant than the previous Credential and Prior Learning Assessment (CPLA) process and is designed to be both rigorous and fair.

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 prior to arriving in Ontario.

The MTECA application package, including a handbook with detailed instructions, all of the 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