If you’re thinking of becoming a massage therapist, then you’ve taken the first step into a career that’s both enjoyable and highly gratifying.


Now, it’s one thing to make up your mind and set your goals, it’s entirely another to actually execute them.


What’s the next step?


In just a moment, I will list the steps one must take in becoming a massage therapist as outlined by the American Massage Therapy Association.


  1. Complete a training program at a massage therapy school that will qualify you to practice in the location you choose.

  2. Upon graduation, meet the requirements of your state or municipality (such as obtaining a license or other credential, if you practice in an area where massage therapy is regulated). This will most likely require passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx).

  3. To find a school or program near you, see a listing of AMTA Massage Schools. Become an AMTA student member to receive benefits and make the most of your time in school.

For Ontarians looking to pursue a career in massage therapy, you must first obtain a Certificate of Registration from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Only those registered with the College may use the protected titles “Registered Massage Therapist” (RMT) or “Massage Therapist” (MT). RMTs are charged with upholding competency standards as set out by the college. Competency standards refer to the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for competent practice of Massage Therapy in Ontario. The College has created a Competency Standards document which provides a clear understanding of the competencies required of a Massage Therapist in three key areas – health science, professional development and clinical science.      



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