CMTNL Exam Information

The CMTNL Exam Process

Questions and tasks for the registration examination are developed by a group of CMTNL subject matter experts (SME) who are massage therapists. Questions and tasks undergo three levels of editing, and all items must be approved by the College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador. The CMTNL reviews and approves all items for inclusion in CMTNL examinations.


Complaints & Discipline Process

The CMTNL administers the complaints and discipline process as set out in the Massage Therapy Act, 2005.

The registrar handles all inquiries and concerns and conducts the initial investigation of complaints. All complaints must be in writing and directed to the registrar of the CMTNL. The Complaint Form may be used to file a complaint. All complaints are treated in strict confidence.


Forms & Documents

The College provides a number of administrative forms, tools and application guides which are available for download here. You will also find direct links to these documents from the corresponding topic area on the website.


Read Our Mandate

The mandate of CMTNL is to protect and educate the public, regulate the profession, set professional and educational standards, enforce ethical conduct, investigate complaints against registered massage therapists, consult with the government on the approval of schools and programs of massage therapy.


Register of Massage Therapists

The public register contains up-to-date information on every Registered Massage Therapist in Newfoundland and Labrador. Information is initially obtained by the College when an individual first applies to CMTNL. Additional information is gained directly from registrants when they complete their annual renewal or when they notify the College of changes to their information.


Latest News from the CMTNL Blog

AGM 2021

The CMTNL AGM for the 2021 year will be on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm by Zoom. A link will be sent the week of the AGM. Please email to confirm attendance and receive the link.


As the province is about to open to the rest of Canada in July we remind RMTs the importance of screening and following guidelines. 

COVID Screening:

  • RMTs can treat clients who travelled outside of the province  at their own or their clinic’s discretion 
  • RMTs are allowed to require a maximum of 2 weeks waiting period, but not self-isolation, before a client can be treated if they travelled outside of the province
  • Clients should be made aware of any new requirements prior to their appointments and it should be added to your COVID screening questionnaire
  • Clients should be given options of alternatives to treatment if the RMT is denying/postponing treatment. This may include referral to another RMT, health provider, home care instructions and/or rescheduled for the next available appointment time after the two week waiting period 


  • Clients may be asked if they are vaccinated for the sole purpose to update their personal health information however a client does not need to disclose this information
  • A RMT does not need to disclose to clients if they are vaccinated or not
  • Treatment can not be denied or postponed  based on vaccination status
  • PPE requirements for clients (masks) and RMTs remain the same regardless of vaccination status

The number one defence we have to protect the public and the members is the screening and use of PPE. We understand many are tiring of the guidelines in place but  safety must always be at the forefront.  As the Chief Medical Officer makes recommendations and loosens restrictions we will do the same and update the members and public. 


The Covid Committee

Clients With Mask Exemption

April 9th, 2021

RE: Clients who are medically exempt from wearing masks

  • Any client that is medically unable to wear a mask must provide documentation for your file.
  • The client can wear a face shield at any time possible (entering the clinic, while laying face up, ect..)
  • Take all precautionary measures to ensure your client has no contact with any other staff or clients.
  • Full PPE should be wore while treating a client with no mask.

March 25th, 2021

Based on the update from Department of Health and Community Services on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is moving to Alert Level 2 on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 12:01 am. 

The CMTNL is requiring that all RMT’s in Newfoundland and Labrador follow Phase 2 Guidelines for PPE.  Please see below for updated guidelines.  If you wish, you can still follow Phase 1 guidelines as well.  This will be reassessed as changes are made by the Department of Health and Community Services. 

All updated guidelines may also be accessed on our website (^0-2-Updated-March-10-2021.pdf).

As always, the CMTNL will continue to communicate with the registrants in a timely manner should any changes occur with respect to this recommendation.  Please know that if you require any further guidance or information, you can contact us at any time, and we will do our best to provide the necessary guidance. 

Stay safe, 

Yolanda Critch

CMTNL Registrar