Future Students

Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) are dedicated to treating symptoms of pain and dysfunction, including the underlying causes. It is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body.


Education and Training

BC's Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are among the most educated and highly trained professionals in their field. To become an RMT in BC students must complete extensive training at an accredited college. Standard educational requirements include comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neuroanatomy. Other studies include clinical sciences such as manual skills, orthopedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied extensively.


Recognized Massage Therapy Education Programs

In BC, a number of institutions offer massage therapy education programs. If you are planning to enroll in a BC massage therapy education program, with the goal of becoming a registered massage therapist (RMT), keep in mind that you will receive recognition only for programs offered by institutions that are registered with and accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA).

PCTIA-registered and accredited massage therapy education programs currently include the following:


Member Colleges

CDI College – South Surrey Campus

105 – 15149 BC-10
South Surrey, BC
V3S 9A5


Langara College

100 West 49th Avenue
Vancouver B.C.
V5Y 2Z6


Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT)

            #200 - 3400 30th Avenue
            Vernon, BC, V1T 2E2
            P: 250-558-3718


Vancouver Career College - Burnaby Campus

212 – 5021 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC
V5H 4A5


Vancouver Career College - Kelowna Campus

1649 Pandosy St
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 1P6


West Coast College of Massage Therapy - New Westminster Campus

613 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 1A7
P: 604-520-1844 Ext 223 or 248


West Coast College of Massage Therapy - Victoria Campus

WCCMT Victoria Campus
#101 - 637 Bay St.
Victoria, BC, V8T 5L2
P: 1-250-381-9800 ext. 224


Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT) formerly Utopia Academy

300 – 1050 West Pender St
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3S7

P: 604-681-4450

Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences

203-402 Baker Street
Nelson, BC
P: 250-35-1362



For the complete list of colleges, please visit the CMTBC website at www.cmtbc.bc.ca