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Recognized Massage Therapy Training

Membership with the NHPC is based on recognition of school programs that provide training on NHPC recognized modalities or practices.

In provinces where massage therapy is a regulated profession, education approved by the College of Massage Therapists is automatically recognized by the NHPC.

Recognized Programs

In non-regulated provinces, the NHPC recognizes 2200-hour massage therapy programs from the following schools:

ABM College of Health and Technology
Academy of Reflexology and Massage
Alberta College of Massage Therapy
Alberta Institute of Massage
Archways Healing College
Axiom Career College
Calgary College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
Cambrooks College
Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy
Canadian Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine
CDI College
East West College
Eastern College
Evolve College of Massage Therapy
Hua Xia Acupuncture and Herb College of Canada
ICT Schools
Kine-Concept Institute
Lethbridge College
MacEwan University
MaKami College
MCG Career College
McKay School of Massage and Hydrotherapy
MH Vicars School of Massage Therapy
Mount Royal University
National Institute of Wellness & Esthetics (NIWE) 
Professional Institute of Massage Therapy
South Edmonton School of Massage
Southern Alberta Institute of Massage
Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies
Western College of Remedial Massage Therapies

Program Approval

To have a massage therapy training program recognized by the NHPC, an Application for Program Approval (PDF) must be submitted to the Association. All sections of the application must be completed, and it must be submitted in triplicate, in three-ring binders, and include the following:

  1. Part One: Program/School Summary and Contact Information
  2. Part Two: Standards and Required Supporting Documentation
    The standards and required supporting documentation provide a measure by which your program will be evaluated for approval. Each standard will set an expectation or statement of intent and require you to provide evidence showing that your program meets the standard.
    Your submission must include the following:
    • a table of contents
    • separate tabbed headings for each standard, one through eight
    • supporting documents for each standard, consecutively page numbered under the separate tabbed headings and following the order of the table of contents
    • Appendix 1: List of Massage Therapy Courses Offered
  3. Part Three: Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice

Application Review

An application that is not submitted in the above format will be returned for resubmission.

Completed applications will be forwarded to the NHPC's Program Approval Committee, which consists of subject matter experts (SME). The Committee will review the application and recommend whether the NHPC Board of Directors approve or deny the application.

The NHPC may request an on-site visit of your school prior to approval. Monitoring site visits may also be requested after approval to ensure continuing compliance with NHPC standards.

If your application is successful, the NHPC will provide a letter stating that your program has been approved. The NHPC will review programs/schools
every three to five years to ensure that they continue to meet the standards.

If your application is unsuccessful, the NHPC will provide recommendations on what needs to be done to obtain approval and advise you on the next steps
in submitting a revised application for review.