CMTO, as part of the Federal of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC), is very pleased to release an update of the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice (PCs/PIs). FOMTRAC members include the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia, College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick, College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
The PC/PIs define the minimum expectations for newly-registered Massage Therapists in provinces where Massage Therapy is regulated. The PCs/PIs are a benchmark to help ensure members of the public receive effective, safe, and ethical care.
First published by FOMTRAC in 2012 to promote common inter-jurisdictional standards for entry-level RMTs and to guide Massage Therapy education programs, the 2016 document clarifies and streamlines entry-level practice requirements.
The project to update the PCs/PIs began in September 2014. A project team of subject matter experts from the regulated jurisdictions was formed to review and revise first the practice competencies (PCs) and then the performance indicators (PIs). The team’s work on the PCs was validated by a survey with RMTs in regulated jurisdictions. A feasibility survey on the PIs was conducted with Massage Therapy education programs in the regulated jurisdictions.
The team completed its work and presented recommendations to FOMTRAC in June 2016. The four FOMTRAC member Colleges independently reviewed and adopted the revised PCs/PIs and updates to the document were completed by the end of September 2016.
The outcome is the 2016 Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice. This document is also available in French: Compétences professionnelles interprovinciales et indicateurs de performance des massothérapeutes au niveau de l’entrée dans la profession.
CMTO is in the process of transitioning to the updated PCs/PIs.
The Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) has produced a video that explains the entry-to-practice competencies for Registered Massage Therapists. The video provides detailed information on how the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice (PCs/PIs) document is used to help assess applicants’ readiness for practice.
The video release complements the work of the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) on establishing a national accreditation process for Massage Therapy education programs.