• Québec, Montréal - Association de massothérapeutes - massothérapie

Massage therapy requirements in Quebec with AQTN

AQTN (and some insurers) recognizes two categories of training:

  • 400 hours of training
  • 1,000 hours of training

A practical exam and equivalency are required if your training was completed outside Quebec (at a cost of 150$). We will put you in contact with a recognized school for this.

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.

- Note that the practical exam is not a substitute for the 400 hours of training.

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: