Massage therapists in British Columbia are regulated under the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). The law strictly prohibits the use of the titles “massage therapist”, “registered massage practitioner”, “massage practitioner” and “registered massage therapist” for individuals not registered with the CMTBC. There are exceptions, however, which are discussed further in the Health Professions Act:
To become a member of the institution, one must:
- graduate from a recognised massage therapy program by the CMTBC,
- register with a governing body that regulates massage therapy from any province in Canada
- or complete the Prior Learning Assessment, which may include additional training, clinical experience or study that satisfies the registration committee, making sure that an individual’s skills and knowledge are substantially equivalent to those who finished training from a recognised program.
Check out the full CMTBC by-laws here: