Massage Therapists Educated Outside Ontario

Massage Therapists Registered in a Regulated Province

Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT), 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 in Ontario upon completion of the College’s Jurisprudence Examination OR the College’s 4-week Standards & Regulations E-Workshop. Following successful completion of the examination or workshop, the AIT applicant must also complete the application for Initial Registration (IR) and any administrative requirements related to that application, such as submission of a current criminal record check. Please see the Initial Registration Guide for more details.

The jurisprudence examination is a 60-minute multiple choice examination and 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. More information about the course is available here.

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, as well as successfully complete the Standards and Regulations eWorkshop to have their education deemed equivalent to an approved program and be permitted to attempt the CMTO Certification Examinations.

As of February 1, 2017, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario’s (CMTO’s) education and credential assessment process, previously called the Credential and Prior Learning Assessment (CPLA), will be replaced with 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 he or she may have completed. It is a paper-based review that is less time consuming and less expensive for the applicant than the previous 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, is 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