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How to join

Joining the IMTA is easy in 3 simple steps:

Step 1  Choose your level of membership above and follow the on-screen prompts. Pay online or pay later.

Step 2 Send your scanned or photographed documents by replying to the membership email you receive.

Step 3  Your application will be processed and once approved, your membership cert and pack will be emailed to you.

Documents required for Full Membership:

            • Proof of qualification (e.g. cert)
            • Overseas and unknown to us qualifications will need module descriptors, assessment procedures and Specific Learning Outcomes (SLO's), sourced from the college
            • Overseas qualifications can be checked on NARIC to demonstrate alignment with Irish education framework

Documents required for Student Membership:

            • A letter from the college confirming enrolment on a foundation level course
Other documents required as a condition of Full Membership (do not submit - subject to audit):
            • Professional insurance documentation
            • GDPR Privacy Policy (not required for Student Members)
            • Completed HSA Risk Assessment and Safety Statement
            • Consultation Form you use with your clients

Incomplete documentation will delay your application

Note: Inactive Membership is available only to Full Members who are currently non-practicing.

Manual/offline application

If, instead, you prefer to fill out a physical form and post it - or scan/email it - to us, then download this application form. Payment will be arranged with you on the phone and membership confirmed by email. For postal and email address, see our Contact page.

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Who should join


Who is the IMTA for?


Students

If you are currently studying towards a foundation qualification in massage and would like to gain the support and recognition of a professional organisation then we are the association for you. Take advantage of our group scheme insurance and easily upgrade to full membership once you qualify. If you have any questions about joining then please contact us.


Massage Therapists

The core of our membership is made up of qualified, professional massage therapists who pride themselves in providing a high standard of service to their clients and who maintain their commitment by engaging in continuing professional development. We welcome your application and look forward to hearing from you if this sounds like you. Any questions, please contact us.


Bodyworkers and Manual Therapists

All of our members have a qualification in massage along with anatomy & physiology. Applications from bodyworkers and manual therapists of other disciplines and modalities are also very welcome, who meet our membership requirements. If you are unsure or would like to speak to someone about your interest then please contact us.

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Benefits of membership

  • Practitioner Insurance under our IMTA group scheme with Brian Mullins Insurance Brokers
  • Practitioner and Student Insurance under our IMTA group scheme with Balens
  • Clients rebates of up to €50 per treatment with Irish Life Health insurance
  • 25% off clinic management software with ClinicSense
  • Lower transaction rates for card payments with splink
  • Other nationwide supplier or partner discounts
  • Your profile on our therapist directory
  • Information on approved courses, seminars & workshops
  • Support and networking opportunities at regional meetings
  • Professional support from the Admin office
  • Protection of IMTA’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Support from the Ethics Committee if a malpractice complaint is taken against you
  • Access to Members Only section of the website with resources to support your business and practice
  • Assurances of your professionalism for your clients
  • Representation at national and EU level through IMTA, FICTA and EFCAM

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Membership fees and levels

Full Member (€100 p.a.)
Practicing professionals
Full access to member meetings
Online resources
Full voting rights
Recognition by Irish Life Health insurance
Inactive Member (€50 p.a.)
Non-practicing professionals
Full access to member meetings
Online resources
Full voting rights
Student Member (€35 p.a.)
Students of massage or bodywork therapies
Full access to member meetings
Online resources
No voting rights

Membership runs annually from 15 March (pro-rated)

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Membership requirements

Requirements for Full Membership

Graduates of approved training programmes of 300+ hours of massage and related training, with a minimum of 100 training hours in Anatomy & Physiology:

      • CIBTAC and CIDESCO courses for body therapies.

      • ITEC foundation courses, including the current curriculum courses of Diploma in Holistic Massage, Diploma in Aromatherapy, Diploma in Complementary Therapies, Diploma in Indian Head Massage, Diploma in Massage, Diploma in Reflexology, Diploma in Reiki, Diploma in Sports Massage level 3, Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy level 3, Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology, Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Complementary Therapies.
      • VTCT foundation courses, including the current curriculum courses of Diploma in Aromatherapy, Diploma in Complementary Therapies, Diploma in Massage, Diploma in Reflexology, Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy, Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure.
      • BSc from IT Tralee and IT Carlow.
      • FETAC courses and Beauty Therapy courses from both ITEC and VTCT need to be assessed on modules taken.
      • This list is not exhaustive.

Graduates from unknown training programmes (national or international) must meet the same standards of 300+ hours of massage and related training, with a minimum of 100 training hours in Anatomy & Physiology and provide supporting documentation sourced from the college including:

      • Module descriptors
      • Specific Learning Outcomes (SLO's)
      • Assessment procedures

Additional documents needed from international courses:

      • Comparability Statement from NARIC, showing where the course aligns to the Irish academic framework.
      • Proof of membership of another professional body or state licence, where such licences exist.

Other requirements to membership that are subject to audit but do not need to be submitted at time of application (IMTA can provide assistance in compiling these documents):

      • GDPR data protection Policy and Procedures
      • HSA Risk Assessment and Safety Statement
      • Consultation form
      • Professional Indemnity Insurance
      • After the first year of membership, 12 hours of CPD per annum.

Foundation qualifications gained as a result of correspondence courses will not be deemed as adequate for membership.

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Requirements for Student Membership

Students of approved foundation training programmes of 300+ hours of massage and related training, with a minimum of 100 training hours in Anatomy & Physiology (as listed under Full Member).

Documents needed from Students:

      • A letter on headed from the college confirming enrolment on an approved foundation level course.

Students from unknown foundation training programmes (national or international) must meet the same standards of 300+ hours of massage and related training, with a minimum of 100 training hours in Anatomy & Physiology and provide supporting documentation sourced from the college including:

      • Module descriptors
      • Specific Learning Outcomes (SLO's)
      • Assessment procedures

Additional documents needed from international courses:

      • Comparability Statement from NARIC, showing where the course aligns to the Irish academic framework.

Other requirements to membership that are subject to audit but do not need to be submitted at time of application (IMTA can provide assistance in compiling these documents):

Students of post-graduate courses will not be eligible for Student Membership.

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Requirements for Inactive Membership

Qualified therapists who are not practicing due to illness or personal circumstances but would like to be members of the IMTA for information, education and benefit purposes and to be part of the IMTA family of members.

Inactive Members must have been a Full Member previously to be eligible for this membership level for a minimum of one membership year.

CPD criteria will not apply in this category.

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Email:  info@massageireland.org

Phone:  +353 86 377 3801


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