1. What is the minimum education required in order to challenge the Board Examination?
2,200 hours of massage therapy education (generally 2 years full-time or 3 years by distance learning).
2. What information do I need to provide in order to write the Examination?
Clean criminal record check (incl. vulnerable sector search); copy of your current CPR level C and Standard First Aid certificate; copy of your massage school transcript; completed exam application form and payment.
3. When are the Examinations held, and where?
The dates for 2014 are:
January 24th and 25th, 2015 - Saskatoon. Application form is here.
June 13th & 14th, 2015 - Saskatoon. Application form is here.
June 27th & 28th, 2015 - Regina. Application form is here.
August 22nd & 23rd, 2015 - Saskatoon. Application form is here.
4. What is the cost to write the Examination?
$395.00 including tax.
5. What is the structure of the Examination? What will I be tested on?
The written exam is 125 multiple choice questions - time allowed 2 hours. Includes anatomy, pathology and physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, massage techniques, ethics.
The oral-practical exam is 90 minutes long and includes a case study, anatomy and land marking, special tests and draping.
For a sample of the written exam questions, complete with answers, click here.
To see the same sample questions, without answers, click here.
6. What happens if I do not pass all or part of the Examination?
Candidates are allowed to rewrite the portion of the exam they did not master. You need only pay for the portion that you did not pass.
7. Is there a recommended resource list to which I can refer before the Examination?
Yes, it is included in the Member Qualifying Examination Handbook - download this document here.
You may also contact the MTAS office at any time to request a copy to be mailed to you.
8. Why do you have a Board Examination?
We qualify our members to provide assurance to the public that a Registered Massage Therapist is capable of practicing competently, safely and in accordance with our Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. MTAS is registered in Saskatchewan under the Non-Profit Corporations Act and therefore must develop and maintain bylaws, policies and procedures and a complaints and discipline process to effectively govern the organization and define the profession of massage therapy. Massage therapy is a powerful component of health care with inherent risks and benefits, and must be applied by skilled and knowledgeable clinicians.
We qualify our members as part of our agreement with the Workers' Compensation Board and Saskatchewan Government Insurance, which is that the massage therapy they pay for is administered by Registered Massage Therapists.
We qualify our members because we believe in validating the process of massage therapy education by applying rigorous evaluative standards. We believe in the professionalization of massage therapists and the intrinsic worth of the therapy when applied by demonstrably skilled and knowledgeable practitioners.
We qualify our members because we must as part of our membership requirements with the CMTA (Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance). This is a voluntary national organization composed of provincial and territorial professional associations with a membership of over 3500 therapists. A fundamental criterion for membership in the Alliance is a minimum 2,200 hour educational curriculum. The CMTA recognizes the need to work towards national standards that are based in occupational competencies rather than hours of training, but no such national standards agreement is in place at this time.