What it means to be a Registered Massage Therapist
By: Janis Jenkinson, RMT
In Ontario, you must become a registered massage therapist to legally practice massage
therapy.  A registered massage therapist holds a certificate of registration and ID card from the
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.  In order to obtain those two things, the therapist must:

1) have a diploma in massage therapy from a recognized school (usually a 2-3 year college
program with training and education in anatomy, biology, physiology, pathology,
pathophysiology, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise, ethics, professionalism, theory, and

2) complete 2200 hours of hands on practice (part of the college program)

3) pass the certification registration exams given by the CMTO consisting of both written and
practical components

4) pay an annual fee

5) purchase liability insurance

Massage therapists are governed by the CMTO and they are expected to uphold the
standards of practice set by the CMTO.  All RMT's participate in a quality assurance programme
to ensure that they are practicing by CMTO standards and providing clients with utmost
quality of care.  RMT's are regulated health professionals who must abide by the following laws:

Regulated Health Professions Act
Massage Therapy Act
Health Care Consent Act
Substitute Decision Makers Act
Personal Health Information Protection Act

Under the Massage Therapy Act, only registered massage therapists are entitled to use the term
"therapist" to describe their title and the term "therapy" to describe their massage practice.  In
other words, anyone can say that they do "massage" but only those who are registered
massage therapists may describe their practice as "massage therapy" and refer to themselves
as a "massage therapist" or a "registered massage therapist".  This is one way that the public
can tell if someone is an RMT.  Other key indicators of an RMT include:

To find out for sure if someone is a registered massage therapist, you can contact the CMTO or
search for the person on the CMTO website.

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