Private Training Institutions Branch

BC_PrivateTrainingDesignated_RGB_posPrivate training institutions in BC are regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), its mandate is to:



  • Ensure Institutions meet the requirements and standards for certification;
  • Maintaining a Private Training Institution Directory of all certified institutions and the programs they provide, along with formerly certified institutions;
  • Providing student protection and overseeing the Student Tuition Protection Fund.

The Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage is Designated institution with the PTIB.

View Designation Certificate Here

Vancouver College of Massage Therapy

Bronze Logo VCMTVSBM and VCMT (formerly Utopia Academy) have had a long standing relationship based on mutual respect of each other’s specialty of training, as it pertains to the massage profession.  Over the years we have referred interested students to each other’s schools to ensure that potential students get the training they are looking for in the area of massage.

Through the recently formalized Transfer Program, VSBM Spa Therapy alumni will receive financial credit for prior education of $3,000 towards their tuition fees when they register in the VCMT RMT Program.

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The North American Studio Alliance

Namasta_logoThe North American Studio Alliance (NAMASTA) believes in the following principles:


  • to any studio, practice, retreat, school, association, academy, owner, manager, teacher, enthusiast;
  • to any any mind-body and movement therapy tradition, including yoga, pilates, tai chi, qigong; any bodywork and massage technique, including massage therapy, touch therapy, the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, Reiki, Shiatsu, Rolfing and similar approaches;
  • to any idea and suggestion on how NAMASTA can serve the wellness community better.

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals

ABMP_color1Serving the massage therapy community through practice support, ethical standards, legislative advocacy, and public education.

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) exists to advance the professional interests of its members. It accomplishes this goal through various approaches: helping members sort among career path choices; providing materials and advice to help members maximize their prospects for success in establishing and sustaining a practice; aiding marketing and client communications via Web and print resources; providing affordable, comprehensively tailored professional liability insurance; facilitating access to products, continuing education alternatives, and other business services; advocating for a level, fair regulatory environment; and keeping members informed about major issues and educational developments within the massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies professions.

Yoga Alliance


Yoga Alliance® supports yoga teachers and the diversity and integrity of yoga.


Our mission is to lead the yoga community, set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga.

We do not claim to “represent yoga” in the United States, but do represent our registrants and support all yoga teachers, whether or not registered with our organization.

Leading Spas of Canada

leading-spas-canada--logoA National Member Organization working together to support and lead Canada’s spa and wellness Industry and to promote Canada as a premier spa and wellness destination.


In achieving this Vision, the Leading Spas of Canada will be a leader in the Spa Industry by:

  • Building and sustaining a National Organization that supports its members from all regions of Canada and spa industry sectors through membership services setting mandatory member guidelines for education, standards and practices.
  • Supporting professional development for its members.
  • Increasing the awareness of the enjoyment and benefits of the Canadian Spa and Wellness Experience, in Canada and worldwide, through its marketing programs.
  • Advocating for the Spa Industry within public and private sectors.