National Sport Massage Certification Program ©
This program is the only in North America for certification in Sport Massage.
How does the National Sport Massage Certification Program Process work?
First, you must become a candidate member (SMTcc) and begin accumulating 500 sport massage hours meeting the following guidelines:
- Max. 100 event hours as a student at sport specific outreaches
- Min. 100 hours with contact and non-contact teams
- Min. 100 event hours
- Max. 50 hours organizing medical/SMT participation at events
- Work with at least 3 different sports
- Obtain Sport First Responder certification
- Obtain 500 hours of clinical experience as a registered Massage Therapist
All hours must be documented according to the Candidate Handbook guidelines and copies of your hours must be submitted to the National Office for review. It is highly suggested that you retain a copy of your hours. It is the candidate’s responsibility to fully document all hours properly and clearly. The National Office reserves the right to return any documentation that is not clearly completed.
The Candidate Handbook provides all information and forms for documenting and obtaining candidate hours, application forms for examinations, suggested reading for the exams, and a breakdown of the examination areas.
After you have obtained a minimum of 350 documented hours you may apply to do the written exam. Only after you have obtained all 500 hours will you be able to apply to do the practical exam. Candidates wishing to take the examinations should fill out the appropriate forms and contact the National Office.
NOTE: If you accumulated hours before you became a member of the CSMTA, only 350 documented non-member hours will be accepted towards your candidate hours.
Why so many hours?
The CSMTA requires candidates to work 500 hours as outlined above for several reasons. This ensures the candidate:
- Becomes familiar with common injuries and treatments seen on site not just in clinic
- Interacts with athletes, coaches, managers, team officials and expert groups of health teams
(CASM, CATA, CCSS, SPC, CSMTA)
- Deals with various situations as the primary and secondary medical personnel on duty
- Gains valuable experience needed to be selected to the Health Care Team at Major Games and competitions
Become a member now!