Under provincial regulation, “massage therapy” means the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, relieve pain or promote health.
Where a health profession has been designated as a regulated health profession under the Regulated Health Professions Act, no person shall practise the regulated health profession except as a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Prince Edward Island (CMTPEI).
Practising massage therapy without a valid registration with the College of Massage Therapists of PEI (CMTPEI) is prohibited by law.
The titles, abbreviations, and initials of massage therapists — including Massage Therapist (MT) and Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) — are protected under the Regulated Health Professions Act and shall only be used by those who are duly Registered with the College. This title protection applies to the French equivalents.
No, massage therapy was designated as a regulated health profession coming into effect on March 1, 2019. The provincial government established the College of Massage Therapists of Prince Edward Island (CMTPEI) to regulate the practise of Massage Therapy and to govern the conduct of Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) through the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. R-10.1 and its Massage Therapists Regulations.
The CMTPEI should not be confused with the PEI Massage Therapy Association – a membership-based, professional association which, prior to Regulation, held its members accountable to a code of ethics and standards of practise in order to maintain their membership with the Association. The Association was not and is not a regulatory body.
If you were practising massage therapy in Prince Edward Island during the 12 months prior to March 1, 2019, you are deemed to be in the General Register for the CMTPEI.
By May 1, 2019, you will need to complete a Renewal Application, have proof of required professional liability insurance, pay fees, and comply with deadlines in order to be renewed on the General Register.
According to the Regulations:
14.(1) A person who, during the year preceding the date this section comes into force, practises massage therapy in the province is deemed, on and after the date this section comes into force, to be registered in the general registration part of the register.
(2) The registration of a person referred to in subsection (1) expires 90 days after the date this section comes into force, unless it is sooner revoked, and may be renewed in accordance with section 22 of the Act.
The requirements to become a registered massage therapist in PEI are found in the Regulated Heath Professions Act and its General and Massage Therapist Regulations. You must apply to the College of Massage Therapists of PEI to be considered for registration.
All new applicants must:
- Have successfully completed a post-secondary diploma or degree program in massage therapy approved by the Council
- Most current 2200-hour programs have been approved by the Council;
- Have successfully completed: (a) a provincial examination established or adopted by the Council to assess knowledge and understanding of the jurisprudence, ethical standards and standards of practise governing massage therapy in the province; and (b) a competency examination established, approved or adopted by the Council.
- A jurisprudence exam is available – contact the Registrar;
- Competency exams successfully written in regulated provinces have been approved by Council;
In addition, under the Act, applicants must:
- Be entitled to work in Canada;
- Have reasonable proficiency in written and spoken English, in accordance with the Act’s General Regulations;
- Where applicable, meet requirements with respect to currency of professional knowledge and skills set out in the regulations;
- Where applicable, be in good standing with the professional regulatory body regulating the practise of a health profession or the use of titles relating to the practise of a health profession, in each jurisdiction in which the applicant was previously authorized to practise massage therapy or use a title relating to the practise of massage therapy;
- Not have been found guilty of an offence that, in the Council’s opinion, renders the applicant unsuitable to practise the regulated health profession; and
- Not have been disciplined by a professional regulatory body for misconduct, incompetence or incapacity that, in the Council’s opinion, renders the applicant unsuitable to practise the regulated health profession.
The fees of the College are listed in the current College Bylaw 12.9 LIST OF FEES, last adopted on March 2, 2019.
There are two Registers: General Register and Special Register.
1st General Register: All massage therapists who were practising on PEI in the 12 months prior to March 1, 2019 were deemed to be General Registrants on the first General Register. By May 1, 2019, these General Registrants will need to renew to continue to practise in PEI. Renewal means that you will need to complete the General Renewal Form (no fees for this) and pay the General Renewal Fee: $350.00
Deadlines for Renewal must be met. Missing a deadline will result in additional fees, including a Late Fee, Reinstatement Application Fee (where applicable), and Unauthorized Practice Fee (if applicable).
Special Register: The Special Register is a limited time and special purpose register. This Special Register is only for massage therapists who are already a Registrant in another regulated province who want to work in PEI for a limited time and for a special purpose only. The Application Fee for the Special Register is $40.00 (non-refundable) and if the applicant qualifies, the Special Registration Fee is $100. Those on the Special Register cannot renew, if they seek to be registered in PEI again, they must apply for the Special Register each time.
Initial Application for General Register: If you have not worked as a massage therapist in PEI during the 12 months prior to March 1, 2019, you may apply to be added to the General Register. You must complete the Initial Application for General Register and pay the Initial Application Fee: $100.00 (non-refundable) and if the applicant qualifies, the General Registration Fee of $350.00 must be paid. If you are accepted for General Registration after September 1st, the General Registration Fee (Partial Year) is $250.00.
Other fees information can be found in the Bylaws for Reinstatement, Verification, Jurisprudence Exam, and Unauthorized Practice.
Completed renewal applications (including all required information) and renewal fees are due and payable no later than May 1st. This allows for processing and review by Council.
Registration renewal forms and fees submitted between May 15th and June 1st are subject to an additional late fee. These late submissions may not be processed in time for the June 1st registration.
An application for renewal may only be made until May 31st in any registration year. Thereafter an application for reinstatement is required to register and reinstatement is only available during the ensuring three (3) years following the date of the lapse in registration. An application for reinstatement fee is required in addition to the registration fee.
Practising massage therapy without a valid registration is prohibited by law.
Forms and information can be obtained from the Registrar by emailing: email@example.com