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Internationally Trained Practitioners

Competency Equivalency Exam Application Process for Internationally Trained Massage Therapists

This application process is for individuals who trained in massage therapy outside of Canada and intend to work in a province where massage therapy is not regulated.

If you plan to work in a regulated province (Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island), contact the regulatory colleges directly about their entry-to-practice requirements.

This application process determines if your training is substantially equivalent to massage therapy training from recognized programs in Canada.

Application Steps

  1. Self-Assess your prior training in massage therapy

The Competency Equivalency Exam (CEE) measures your skills and knowledge against the competency standards outlined in the Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice, 2016 (PDF).  If, after reviewing this document, you are confident in your prior learning, continue with the application.

  1. Have an educational credential evaluation service assess your prior training. The report must be sent directly to the NHPC from one of the following agencies:
  1. Complete the CEE Application Form

Complete the CEE application form (PDF), including payment information. 

  1. Submit the following information in English* directly to the NHPC
  • a copy of your massage therapy credential (certificate, diploma, or degree)
  • a program outline that includes what courses were offered in your program and their length.
  • course outlines for each course completed in your program. Outlines must include learning objectives, topics covered, and reference materials for the course.
  • a resume or curriculum vitae showing dates, addresses, and phone numbers of your clinical practice and details about your clinical experience.
  • a list of all continuing education programs and courses you may have taken since completing your initial massage therapy program, along with supporting documentation verifying attendance
  • two letters of reference sent directly to the NHPC office, authored by credible sources such as a past or present employer, health care professional, client, or instructor
  • proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada if not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • proof of English language competencies if English is not your first or primary language

* Any documents not originally in English must be translated by a certified translator at the applicants' expense and be submitted directly from the translator to the NHPC.

  1. Results of the Assessment
  • If your education and experience in massage therapy are deemed sufficient, you will be eligible to challenge the CEE. With successful completion of the CEE, you will be eligible for Regular membership.
  • If your education and experience are not deemed sufficient for the CEE, you will be advised to contact recognized massage therapy diploma programs directly to inquire about their advanced standing options.

Review the full NHPC Application Process for Internationally Trained Massage Therapists (PDF) for more detailed information about the application process.