There are four categories of membership* for which you can apply:
1. CST® - Certified Shiatsu Therapist
Those who are eligible are those who have earned a diploma in shiatsu therapy (2200-hour program) at a government accredited private vocational school in Ontario, or those who have equivalent training. CST applicants are required to write entrance examinations. CSTs receive full benefits including the use of the CST designation, professional liability insurance, marketing and networking opportunities, certification, referrals, registry listing, discounts on S.T.A.O. seminars, a subscription to our newsletter, Pressure Points, and voting privileges.
2. Non-practicing member
A non-practicing member is one who qualifies as a Certified Shiatsu Therapist and who temporarily is not practicing shiatsu therapy and therefore does not require the benefits of being a Certified Shiatsu Therapist. Non-practicing members are required to write entrance examinations. Non-practicing members are not entitled to referrals, registry listing or voting privileges but receive a subscription to our newsletter, Pressure Points, and discounts on S.T.A.O. seminars.
3. Friend member
A friend of the association is open to any person who is interested in supporting the professional practice of shiatsu therapy and in promoting the aims of the S.T.A.O. Friends receive a subscription to our newsletter, Pressure Points and discounts on S.T.A.O. seminars.
4. Student member
Students who are registered and in attendance in a 2200-hour diploma program in shiatsu therapy at an educational institution registered under the Private Vocational Schools Act are automatically accepted as a student member. Student members receive discounts on S.T.A.O. continuing education seminars and a subscription to our newsletter, Pressure Points.
*All members must have paid membership fees and agree in writing to abide by the code of ethics andobjectives of the association. For complete details on membership, please contact the S.T.A.O.
For further details on our membership categories and benefits, you can download the benefits PDF file.
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