Become a Massage Therapist
What does it take to become a Registered Massage Therapist in New Brunswick?
Successfully graduate from an acceptable massage therapy education program,
Gain acceptance to attempt College exams,
Perform at an acceptable level on both the practical exam and theory and knowledge exam
Be approved to be accepted as a Member of the Regulatory College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick.
Three levels of Registered Massage Therapists
RMTs use basic skills that meet all of the National Competency Standards
Experienced RMTs have augmented their skills and knowledge through dedicated and focused care of many patients over several years. Gained successful participation and completion of at least 10 hours of approved focused advance study per year.
Advanced RMTs have achieved significant further development and consolidation of skills and knowledge through many years of: dedicated and focused care of patients, continuing education in advanced massage techniques, knowledge of current research and active participation in peer networks, advanced readings and research. Some of these advance RMTs may present papers at conferences, develop curriculum for school and advanced courses in massage therapy techniques and in research about the value and efficacy of massage therapy.
All Active and Inactive members of the New Brunswick Massotherapy Association-Association de massothérapie du Nouveau-Brunswick must be registered as members in good standing of the regulatory College of Massage Therapy of New Brunswick (CMTNB). http://www.cmtnb.ca/
A candidate for registration must meet specific standards. These standards are called the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice. These standards are continually evaluated and updated. Here is the most recent version.
While the CMTNB is becoming fully functional the NBMA-AMNB will continue to post information to assist those interested in becoming Registered Massage Therapists.
The CMTNB requires that all applicants be graduates of a course that offers complete training in accordance with the Competency Standards and Performance Indicators.
Please note that some schools offer a choice of courses ranging from simple or introductory levels to full Competency Standards. It is your responsibility to ensure that the courses you complete fully comply with the Competency Standards and Performance Indicators.
How do I choose a School of Massage Therapy?
For a Professional, the important criteria in choosing a school is the quality and thoroughness of training. The best way to measure how well a school is training and educating it students is to ask for the Pass Fail rate for the Regulatory College exams.
How many graduates of the school have taken exams to be admitted to a Regulatory College? How many of that group passed on their first attempts?
Many schools, especially in those jurisdictions in Canada that are not yet regulated, do not have Pass Fail rates because too few of their graduates have attempted the Regulatory College exams.
A Council of Accreditation will begin to inspect and accredit schools within two years, that is, likely by the end of 2016. Accredited Schools are expected to advertise the official recognition. This will make it easier to select a school that will provide quality and thoroughness of training.
Which school of MT most thoroughly prepares candidates? It’s too early to know. In Ontario, MT schools have been tracking their Pass Fail rate for many years.
Education – in French in Quebec
Where can I study Massage Therapy in Quebec? I plan to move to New Brunswick and be a registered Massage Therapist.
The Académie in Rimouski offers a specific 2 200 h course which they call their Cours Nouveau-Brunswick. This Academy has signed a testament that this course complies with the Interjurisdictional Competencies. FORMER graduates of this course have been very successful in passing the NBMA-AMNB oral practical entrance exam. HOWEVER, on Dec 13, 2013 Provincial Legislation was proclaimed into Law creating the Professional College of Massage Therapy of New Brunswick (CMTNB). Therefore NBMA-AMNB no longer does exams. Members of the Association must first be members of the CMTNB. The examination process to be accepted into the CMTNB lasts 2 days. It is a rigorous experience. Success depends on thorough preparation.
For further information contact exec.dir.gen@NBMA-AMNB.ca