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Joining MTWPAM

Please read the following details before moving further with your application

  1. Membership Types Supported
  2. Membership Checklist (Requirements)
  3. Registration
  4. Payments
  5. Renewals
  6. Transfers and Moving From Other Associations, Provinces, Governing Bodies or Other Countries
  7. More Information

Membership Types Supported

  • Massage Therapist - Requires 2200 hours from an accredited/approved educational institution. 
    • MTs are provided a registration code upon successful registration to allow for direct billing with healthcare benefit providers. See here for more details.
  • Wholistic Practitioner - All other supported modalities and those applicants with less than 2200 hours of Massage Therapy training.
    • WPs are provided a registration code that they may use for business purposes. These codes cannot be used for direct billing with healthcare benefit providers.
  • Student - Students must provide proof of registration in an approved programme.
  • Wholistic Fitness Practitioners - Supported coaching and performance practitioners within the realm of sports and fitness. Similar to Wholistic Practitioner.
  • Inactive / Hiatus - Members who, for several reasons, may need to  become an inactive practitioner -- such as an academic hiatus, lengthy travel, or child-rearing
  • Associate Associate Membership is designed for those individuals who are:
      • An Active/Inactive member of another association similar in nature to MTWPAM;
      • Not currently active within an association and may hold membership in similar organizations;
      • An individual employed as an instructor, technician, teacher's assistant, clinic/outreach supervisor or administrator in a therapy program recognized by the association; and,
      • An individual in the healthcare community with a desire to receive information on the practice of wholistic and/or massage therapy.

    MTWPAM Membership CheckList

    1. Complete the Online Application below:
      1. You will be able to view and agree to the terms, by-laws and code of ethics in the application process.
    2. Please upload relevant supporting documentation to our secure servers (note the "Documentation/ File Upload" areas):
      1. Institution Transcripts, Graduation Diploma, Proof of Registration.
      2. First Aid Certification(s).
      3. Liability Insurance as applicable. Please view our Insurance page for details. Members must carry at least 2 million in per claim coverage.
      4. Two Professional Reference Letters (or more).
      5. For new applicants a copy of your most recent Background Check is required and you must complete a declaration during the application process.
        1. There is a service called MyBackCheck that can quickly perform this service (generally within 48 business hours).
    3. Associate membership applicants do not need to submit all the paperwork above:
      1. Applicants for Associate membership are required to provide a letter of standing from that association. 

      2. Candidates for Therapist or Practitioner membership from outside Nova Scotia - please review the section below on transferring from other governing bodies.

    4. Payment amounts are listed next to the membership type.
      1. Please DO NOT submit any payments until the application has been approved. Pro-rated amounts are shown below next to membership type.

      2. An invoice is automatically generated when you apply, in order to set up your billing status, and may not reflect the pro-rated costs to be paid upon approval.


    • Please select your membership type from the Choices provided and then choose 'Next' at the bottom right of this page.
    • Please note that there are NO APPLICATION OR REGISTRATION FEES!
    • ** Other fees may vary from time to time. Please look below to see the current fee structure in Canadian Funds. **


    • Amounts to be paid for your registration are listed BELOW next to the membership type.
    • These amounts may be pro-rated based on the date at which you submit to join the association. 
      • If you join us in January the fee would be $125.00 for MTs and $100.00 for WPs. 
      • Scroll down this page to see the pro-rated amount next to the membership type. This amount may change based on the day you apply.
    • MTWPAM currently accepts eTransfers to for payment. Please wait for instructions before sending a payment.
    • Additional Fees on Late Renewal: $ 50.00 CAD. 

    Renewals and annual declaration

    • Current members can select the renewal option from their profile page. Please check there and reach out if you should have any questions or technical issues. For more details, please visit the renewal page.
    • Please update your profile information and upload any relevant CEU, First Aid and Insurance Documents to the appropriate "Membership Documentation" sections.
    • Members who have not been an active or inactive member of MTWPAM for more than one year must apply as a new applicant.
    • Each year members must submit an Annual Declaration (login required).

    TRANSFERS and Moving from other associations, PROVINCES, governing bodies or COUNTRIES

    • Potential Registrants Outside Nova Scotia will need to provide all educational certifications, as indicated above, and have their application reviewed by the membership team.
      • There is currently no restriction/examination/OSCE certification required to practice in Nova Scotia as a therapist or practitioner UNLESS the designation of Massage Therapist is used.  See the Provincial Government of Nova Scotia Bill 193 ("Massage Therapist Titles Protection Act" of January 2020).
    • Applicants with active membership in a similar association are required to provide a letter of standing from that association wit. The other governing body must be able to confirm:
    • a. Your membership status;
    • b. That you have demonstrated good character during your relationship; and,
    • c. That the governing body is not aware of any outstanding complaints, incidents, or disciplinary action, relating to your membership.
    • Liability Insurance is required and not provided by MTWPAM. Please see the insurance FAQ for more details. In most cases your existing insurance provider can help you with any policy related questions. Insurance from other associations may not transfer to this association and requires confirmation from your provider.  ** Please note that MTANS insurance policies are attached to their membership and do not transfer to other associations. **
    • MTWPAM will work to make the transition as easy as possible and your relationship with health insurance benefit providers will be preserved.
    • Internationally Trained therapists must have graduated from an accredited college or university education. Depending upon your credentials you may be considered for the Registered Massage Therapist or Wholistic Practitioner memberships.

      More Information

      • Our Frequently Asked Questions forum section may have the answers you are looking for. Please do take a look before you proceed further. When you are ready please select the membership type, from the options provided, and click the 'NEXT' button to continue the application process.
      • For information on Continuing Education requirements please visit the Continuing Education section of the website portal
      • For information on Direct Billing Services with insurance providers, please visit the insurance section.

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