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Becoming a Registered Massage Therapist

As a health care profession, massage therapy is based upon the health sciences.

Graduates from a massage therapy diploma program complete studies in a number of areas including physiology, human anatomy, musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, clinical assessment and treatment planning, massage theory and techniques, communication skills, ethics and professionalism and more.

The majority of Massage Therapy education across Canada occurs in private Vocational Schools or Colleges. Please be aware that not all schools follow Nationally accepted standards. In fact, many schools across Canada have programs that are not two-year programs and do not prepare you for a career in massage therapy.
The MTAM supports a minimum entry-to-practice education of two or three years of academic and practical/clinical education based on an approved curriculum. In Manitoba, there are five registered schools of massage therapy (see below). These Schools are assessed by the Association every two years to ensure they are fulfilling the national standards of practice.
Here are the required practice competencies and their associated perfomance indicators for massage therapists who want to enter practice in Canada: Nationally-accepted base of Competency Standards for Massage Therapists

Local Programs of Massage Therapy

Registered Schools in Manitoba

Manitoba currently has five schools of Massage Therapy that are registered with the Province of Manitoba – Advanced Education & Literacy that provide diploma programs of at least 2200 hours / two-years of instruction. These schools are privately-owned institutions and licensed by the Province of Manitoba to provide Massage Therapy education. All of the following Schools are also members of the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy School. Visit this site for more information:

The MTAM applies an assessment program every two years to ensure these schools are meeting nationally acceptable standards of education and hence will meet Association membership criteria.

Evolve College of Massage Therapy (formerly Massage Therapy College of Manitoba)

Robertson College (WInnipeg & Brandon Campus)

Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapy ~  2-Year and Distance Education FULL programs only

Hua Xia Acupuncture, Massage, Herb College

Inter-Jursidictional Practice Competencies

MTAM-recognized curriculums must be based on practice competencies established by the profession in 2012 and updated in 2016:

Curriculum Recognition

Local schools of massage therapy are assessed every two years by the MTAM against the national practice competencies, along with a number of criteria that MTAM feels are important to the profession, our membership, and to the public.  The MTAM does not approve curriculum for use in the schools. This is the responsibility of Manitoba Advanced Education & Literacy.  

MTAM Supports the National Accreditation Council

The MTAM supports A Plan to Establish a Canadian Accreditation Process for Massage Therapy Education Programs

The purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a mechanism for quality assurance and continuing quality improvement of entry-level massage therapy education programs across Canada. Accreditation will foster a common national entry-level education standard that is based upon the entry-to-practice requirements in the regulated provinces, and in doing so will facilitate the initiation of regulation in provinces that are currently unregulated.  Accreditation will support the advancement of massage therapy as a health care profession, thereby serving the public interest.