• Québec, Montréal - Association de massothérapeutes - massothérapie

Massage therapy requirements in Quebec with AQTN

Training requirements:

  • If you graduated after September 2017, we require 450 hours of training.
  • If you graduated prior to September 2017, the requirement is 400 hours.
  • 1,000 hours of training

For those who graduated after September 2017, there are two ways to meet the requirement of 450 hours. If your core training was 450 hours or more, then you are eligible. If your core training was 400 hours, then you will need to take additional classes and once you reach 450, you will become eligible. Here is a list of sample elective classes, techniques and courses.

If your studied massage therapy and were issued a permit in a regulated province, the exam and equivalency are not required, as the training is verifiable by the regulating body.

We do not evaluate applications over the phone or by email, you must submit your application with the required documents. The evaluation is free.


A typical 400-hour Swedish massage training includes:

  • Swedish massage technique - 150 to 190 hours
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Basic human pathology (contra-indications)
  • Supervised Stage
  • Sexuality, professional practice, ethics
  • Human relations and communication
  • Interviews and book-keeping

There may be some variation, find out more through the list of schools.

For a broader overview of the training and techniques being taught in Quebec, you can consult the list of techniques.

Fill in your application form and join AQTN today


AQTN mentioned in out of province publications:
 - Massage Therapy Canada - August 2015
 - Massage Therapy Canada - winter 2015
 - Massage association of Australia - spring 2014
 - Massage Magazine - December 2013
 - Passport Santé

Quebec topics from AQTN:
  - First Quebec norm (NORME) for Swedish massage Dec. 2016
  - AQTN on the news with CTV on television - 2016
  - Standardizing massage therapy in Quebec
  - 2015 annual report - The best Quebec massage schools
  - 2014 Survey on massage therapy in Quebec
  - Market study on massage schools, 2013

400 hours of what? Who is teaching it? What is being taught? How are competencies evaluated? attr.
-- these are all important concerns and considerations we have addressed.

Potentially an even more important question in an unregulated province is:
   "What are the potential health benefits and risks for clients from the training?" +
   "What measures are taken to prevent fraud".

We developed the tools to address both issues.

AQTN is an active association member of the CSMO: