Registered Massage Therapy Program FAQs

Program Information

Upon completion of your second year of our Registered Massage Therapist Program, you will get an advanced certification that allows you to work as a registered massage therapist (RMT) and provide health insurance claim receipts.

This qualification is important when looking to find a job as a massage therapist or to open your own massage therapy practice.

The complete Advanced Registered Massage Therapy diploma runs for two-years. Completion of the program can open the door to a wider variety of massage therapy career options upon graduation.

MaKami College offers plenty of hands-on massage therapy training taught by professional massage therapists, work experience opportunities and plenty of one-on-one attention within our student success centre. Our students say that having these resources helps them learn and we have a high course completion rate.

For further information about the massage therapy courses and program, read the Registered Massage Therapy Program curriculum page.

This program is taught at both the Edmonton and Calgary campuses and there are online learning options available.

Definitely! We run weekday, evening and weekend classes as well as online learning classes to help you fit your classes into your schedule. Talk to a student advisor to learn more about your flexible classroom work and online course work options.

Yes. We have several online learning options and offer a cutting edge iPad-based curriculum.

Yes. MaKami College is currently the only Licensed Massage Therapy College in Alberta to provide a two-year, 3,000-hour diploma program in Advanced Clinical Massage Therapy. This level of accreditation is recognized around the world and allows you to practice anywhere you choose to.

Completion of the MaKami College Massage Therapy Program will make you a certified professional. This certification is recognized Alberta-wide and internationally.

You will be taught by professional and highly-trained massage therapy instructors. Many of our instructors are professional teachers and all have practiced in the field.

Your first year of study includes plenty of hands-on training and a two-week placement. This allows you to practice as a Registered Massage Therapist. Your second year of study gives you a total of 3,000 hours of training which allows you to practice as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and to be able to issue receipts for insurance.

Your courses will be taught in English. However, our iPad-based learning allows students to translate the course content to their preferred language for a better and easier learning experience.

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Eligibility & Admissions

This course is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds who want a new career in massage therapy. We require a minimum level of competency in English and a study permit for international students.

Check your eligibility with this pre-approval survey.


Our registered massage therapy diploma programs start every two months. Find the next intake for both Edmonton and Calgary campuses in the Academic Calendar.

You need to be 17 years of age or older, have the relevant study permit, academic transcripts to be translated into English and authenticated by Makami College Inc. and can demonstrate a competent level of English. Apply as an international student here.

If you’re already a Registered Massage Therapist looking to upgrade your 500 - 2,200 hours into a 3,000-hour diploma, you can apply to upgrade your massage therapy hours or for advanced credit.

Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be in writing. Please refer to Alberta Student Enrollment Contracts attached in your orientation package for detailed information and cost calculation on refunds.

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Scholarships & Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for scholarships to study at MaKami College. Please contact us or book a tour for more information.

Our Student Advisory team can advise where you can find information on student loans, financial assistance from local partners, charity grants and other forms of funding.

Prior to graduation, the Student Advisory Services team will contact you to discuss your repayment obligations and develop a repayment plan to meet your needs.

There are student loans such as Alberta Student Loan and Canada Student Loan that can help ease the financial commitment of post-secondary education.

When you graduate, your Alberta Student Loan will be payment-free and interest-free for six months, and your Canada Student Loan will be payment-free for six months but will begin to accrue interest immediately.

Career & Mentorship Support

MaKami College alumni can attend workshops to maintain accreditation and continue developing skills to help further their massage therapy career.

There are paid internship opportunities for students with excellent leadership skills to work under an instructor as paid interns and receive mentorship. Learn more about MaKami’s in-house mentorship program.

After completing the first year of the program, you can begin working as a Registered Massage Therapist.

Throughout the program, you get exposed to a variety of work experiences to explore the different career pathways you could take. Keep an eye out on the job board for vacant local and international massage therapy jobs.

Your options are endless. Some examples include working in sports massage & injury rehabilitation, at a spa, alongside other healthcare professionals, or directly from your home.

Your income as a massage therapist will depend on many factors and cannot be guaranteed. To learn more about what factors influence salaries for RMTs, you can read about the Pros & Cons of Becoming a Massage Therapist.

Watch the Student Success Stories videos to hear what our tutors and students have to say about their experience at MaKami College and the different pathways they took.



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