Refresher Courses

Background

Members and applicants for registration who do not meet the requirement to have completed 500 hours of direct client care in the previous three years, or members/applicants who have been away from practice for three years or more, are required to complete additional preparation if they wish to apply for a General Certificate.

This policy has been created to facilitate re-entry to practice for members and applicants and to improve public protection by emphasizing competence rather than hours completed.

The Refresher Course Regulations in the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 state:

6. The following are registration requirements for a general certificate of registration:

3. In the event that the applicant completed an educational programme described in subparagraph i of paragraph 1 of subsection 5 (1) more than three years prior to the date of the application for registration, the applicant must have, within fifteen months of application, successfully completed a refresher course approved by the Council in accordance with its policies.

9. A member who holds an inactive certificate of registration shall, upon application, be issued a general certificate of registration if the member,

(a) has been an inactive member for less than three years; or

(b) has satisfactorily completed a refresher course approved by the College within the fifteen months prior to the application. O. Reg. 864/93, s. 9.

Policy

The refresher course should evaluate competency and will focus on the competence of the member. The duration of the refresher course to be completed by a member/applicant will depend on the number of years the member has not been practising and whether the member/applicant has ever consolidated his/her learning after completing an approved Massage Therapy programme. These two factors will affect an individual’s retention of knowledge and skills.

The refresher course will consist of the following stages:

  1. The member/applicant will complete the Standards and Regulations e-Workshop. This stage may be done before, during, or after the stages below.
  2. The member/applicant will complete the Refresher Competence Assessment Tool (RCAT).
  3. An approved tutor will verify that the member has the competencies indicated on the completed RCAT and then design a course to remedy the member’s competence in the areas needing improvement.
  4. The practical part of the course will require the member/applicant to demonstrate minimum entry to practice competence in client assessment, treatment skills, remedial exercise, and soft tissue modalities. This practical component is recommended to be a minimum of ten (10) hours for the General Refresher Course and a minimum of sixteen (16) hours for the Refresher Course with Enhanced Practicum.
  5. At the end of the course the tutor will complete and sign another Refresher Competence Assessment Tool evaluating the member/applicant’s competence at the entry to practice level.
  6. Both the student and the tutor will complete course evaluation forms and submit them to the College.

Member Categories

There will be two categories of members who will require a refresher course. In each category the re-entry to practice requirement will depend on the length of time the member/applicant has not practised:

 

Category 1 – Members/Applicants with Two or More Years of Practice after Graduation:

  1. If a member/applicant cannot meet the requirement for 500 hours direct client care in the previous three years and has been away from practice for more than three and less than seven (7) years, the member will be required to complete a General Refresher Course.
  2. After seven (7) years or more and less than seventeen (17) years away from practice, these members/applicants will be required to complete a longer Refresher Course with an Enhanced Practicum.
  3. If these members/applicants have not practiced for 17 to 20 years, their files will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Registration Committee and they may be required to complete the entire approved Massage Therapy programme.
  4. After twenty (20) or more years away from practice, these members/applicants will be required to complete the entire approved Massage Therapy programme.

 

Category 2 – Members/Applicants with Less than Two Years of Practice after Graduation:

  1. If a member/applicant cannot meet the requirement for 500 hours direct client care in the previous three years and has been away from practice for more than three (3) and less than five (5) years, the member will be required to complete a General Refresher Course.
  2. After five (5) years or more and less than fifteen (15) years away from practice, these members/applicants will be required to complete a longer Refresher Course with an Enhanced Practicum.
  3. If these members/applicants have not practised for 12 to 15 years, their files will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Registration Committee and they may be required to complete the entire approved Massage Therapy programme.
  4. After fifteen (15) or more years away from practice, these members/applicants will be required to complete the entire approved Massage Therapy programme.

Follow-up Evaluation:

When a refresher course has been completed, both the student and the tutor will complete evaluation forms and send them to the College. This will enable the College to evaluate the effectiveness of the courses being offered.

 

Adopted: September 20, 2004