Southern Alberta Institute of Massage

Foot MassageSTANDARD ADMISSION Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Alberta High School Diploma verified by Transcript or equivalent, OR
  2. Alberta High School Equivalency or non-Alberta Equivalency Diploma verified by transcript, OR
  3. Successful interview with school administration may be required (particularly in cases where the above stated document criteria is unattainable, but the applicant is competent and resourceful), AND
  4. Must be physically capable of performing massage techniques inherent to the Massage Therapy program.
  5. Prerequisite for entering the 2nd year of the 2200 hour program is satisfactory academic standings based upon Southern Alberta Institute of Massage’s grading system.

MATURE ADMISSION Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Over 21 years of age and out of high school for two or more years.
  2. Successful result on an aptitude test may be required in special circumstances.
  3. Thirty-three (33) credits toward an Alberta High School Diploma or non-Alberta equivalent verified by Transcript.
  4. Successful interview with school administration may be required.
  5. Must be physically capable of performing massage techniques inherent to the Massage Therapy program.


The Application package must include a completed Application form which is on our Contact page, a $35 Application Fee, and High School Transcripts. Upon receipt of the complete application package, your Application will be reviewed. Applicants may be contacted for a personal interview. Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified of acceptance within 2 weeks of receiving the complete Application package. Students are welcome to attend a student orientation session or to schedule a visit prior to classes.


Graduates of S.A.I.M. are expected to be skilled and ethical therapists, capable of complimenting the image of the Massage Therapy profession. Therefore, selection of Applicants will be based upon - but not limited to - the following criteria:

  • Personal motivation and goals
  • Potential and physical ability to become an effective Massage Therapist
  • Academic and financial readiness
  • Transcripts from Secondary or Post Secondary institutions readily available
  • Must be able and willing to attend all classes and complete out of class Practicum in a timely manner


To ensure the safety and wellbeing of those entrusted to our care, Southern Alberta Institute of Massage has the responsibility to confirm all students will provide satisfactory security documents as indicated by the Alberta Protection for Persons in Care Act.

A valid Criminal Records Check (CRC) will be required when you start your Practicum and also when you apply for registration after you graduate. The Criminal Record Check must:

  • include a "vulnerable sector search", completed within the last thirty (30) days from jurisdictions within which you have resided for the last five (5) years.
  • be verifiable as an original document, or electronic copy sent by an authorized third party provider. You will upload that document when you submit your application for registration with whichever institutional body you register with after graduation.

Any costs associated with the CRC are paid by the applicant. As processing times may vary between law enforcement offices, please ensure you allow enough time in obtaining your CRC as it may cause delays in the registration process.