The Shiatsu Foundation Certificate Course (In-Class)

Learn Japanese Traditional Shiatsu in 8 weeks!

Course Description

The Shiatsu Foundation Certificate Course is delivered to complete for 8 weeks (144 hours). Students learn the basic Shiatsu skill which includes Shiatsu theory, self-Shiatsu, Chair-Shiatsu and whole body treatment. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a certificate which is transferable to the 1070-hour Shiatsupractor diploma program.

*This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.


Shiatsu Foundation (144 hours)

Basic Theory

Basic Shiatsu concepts are studied including such subjects as Characteristics of Shiatsu, Shiatsu and Physiological Functions, Operations of the hands and fingers, kinds of pressure application, and contraindications to Shiatsu.

Self Shiatsu

Self-administered Shiatsu teaches the student basic use of the hands, correct pressure application methods and all the basic pressure points. This is good for health-conditioning.

Chair Shiatsu

The students practise 10-min and 20-min Chair Shiatsu Treatment on each others.

Whole body Treatment

The basic whole body treatment, which takes 75 to 90 minutes to complete, which includes up to 660 Shiatsu points on entire body. The whole body treatment is taught in stages, gradually increasing the duration of time until the complete treatment is mastered.

Course Schedule

Full Time Students (8 weeks)

  • January Term 8 weeks (January 8, 2024 – February 29, 2024)
  • May Term 8 weeks (May 6, 2024 – June 27, 2024)
  • September Term 8 weeks (September 2, 2024 – October 24, 2024)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
9:45 – 12:45 Shiatsu Shiatsu
13:45 – 16:45 Shiatsu Shiatsu
18:45 – 21:45

*All items are subject to change.

Part Time Students (16 weeks)

  • September Term 16 weeks (September 2, 2024 – December 19, 2023)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
9:45 – 12:45
13:45 – 16:45
18:45 – 21:45 Shiatsu Shiatsu

*All Items are subject to change.

Course Fee

Instalment Plan (For Canadian citizens and permanent residents)

Application Fee*

$100.00 = Due with Application Form

Tuition Fee

Tuition 1st Payment $725.00 = 2 weeks prior to starting date
Instalments × 3 $725.00

Total Tution Fee $2,900.00

Pre-paid Plan (For international students)

Application Fee*

$100.00 = Due with Application Form

Tuition Fee

$3,865.00 = 2 weeks prior to starting date

Additional Fee**

$178.50 = 2 weeks prior to starting date (Tax inc.)

  • Uniform, equipment, clinical report file, handout and student record are included in additional fee. The equipment includes buckwheat pillow for the practical classes, if you are allergic to buckwheat, please let us know before you make payment.
  • Textbooks are not included in the additional fee.

Shiatsu textbook: $50.00+GST (should be purchased at school)

  • A list of the required textbooks is available upon enrolment.
  • As we are approved by the Ministry of Human Resources Development Canada as a certified educational institution, our students may qualify for a tuition tax credit.

* Non-Refundable Application Fee.
** Additional Fee is not included in Total Program Fee.


Students are required to do homework (Directed by Independent Study of 1.5 hours per class)

Class Size

The Course has a minimum and a maximum student enrolment in order to ensure ample individual instruction when required.

Admissions Policy

Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy is committed to enrolling students who meet all of our program admission criteria and who are likely to succeed in meeting their education and career goals.

Minimum Requirements

If the applicant fails to meet the minimum admission requirements, neither the School nor the Applicant may waive the requirement that the applicant must be nineteen years of age or older to be accepted into the Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy.

Step-by-Step Registration Procedures

a) Fill out and submit Application Form with a piece of a government issued ID which includes your date of birth (i.e. drivers licence, passport) to the Admission Office (
b) Submit a $100.00 non-refundable application fee made payable to Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy Inc. (Available Payment Type: Cash, VISA/Master/Debit, Cheque)
*If your application is not approved, the application fee will be returned to you.
c) Interview (Language Proficiency Assessment) with the Administrator. *If needed (International student only)
d) Read and understand the School Policy and mission statement.
e) The Student and the School’s Representative (Signing Officer) sign the Enrolment Contract.
f) Payment of tuition and additional fee.