There are always lots of questions that are asked about the exciting possibilities of becoming a certified equine massage therapist – we’ve tried to answer the most common ones below. Please reach out at the bottom if any of your questions remain unanswered!
1. Q: How long does it take to complete THE COURSE?
A: The SMARTcert Canada Practitioner Program conveniently fits into your lifestyle, so you can take your time and study at your pace. However if you wanted to speed through the course and finish asap, you could do so in 30-90 days.
2. Q: Where does THE COURSE take place?
A: Part of the course is completed independently (the theory portion) with access to online resources. Then your hands-on training is booked (Kew, AB, or Brantford ON). If you would like to see this course brought somewhere else or have a training facility to offer in another province, please contact us.
3. Q: What is the difference between “registered” and “certified” equine massage therapists?
A: Equine massage therapy, unlike human massage therapy, is an unregulated practice. Any business can offer a course so it’s important to do your homework and quality check where you invest in your education and in your future. Most courses offer certification programs however they range in length, depth, and expansive expertise available.
“Registered” in the EMT field does not equal the same as registered in the human massage therapy industry. Instead of being overseen by a college regulator as human RMT’s are, associations or not-for-profits may charge high costs for education, membership, and maintenance fees to equine students learning massage therapy, attempting to imitate the human education system.
4. Q: How old do I have to be to take THE COURSE?
A: You have to be 18 to be certified, although we will have a youth program coming in early 2022! If you are 17 are will be finishing the program by the time you turn 18, inquire by application and we may be able to start you on the full program.
5. Q: Are there an pre-requisites to THE COURSE?
A: There aren’t any pre-requisites, although it is a “science-heavy” course. Extra library resources are included to help you research any of the terms and content, and as much help is available as you require throughout your process.
6. Q: How much income can a CEMT make?
A: It is suggested that a CEMT charges anywhere between $65-$80/massage, which can be a great income/h in comparison to other jobs! A certain number of massages per week might be enough to cover your horse’s cost altogether, or pay for your show season each year, or build a savings or travel fund, even transition to a full time career…whatever it is that you are looking to do, the opportunities are available.
7. Q: How does the payment plan work?
A: The payment plan allows you to section your payments out as you go along through the course. You can choose the dates that you will make each payment, within a 12-month structure (although you can take longer than 12 months to complete the course).