Massage Therapy Graduates / Students Practising Prior to Registration

Background

Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 the therapy provided by Massage Therapists during client treatment are not controlled acts and are therefore in the public domain. Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the College) are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist (MT) or Massothérapeute.

The public has a right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose, the right to be heard, the right to information, and the right to redress.

Clients receiving services from unregulated individuals may not realize that the services will not be covered by their insurance plan or that the provider has no professional liability insurance. Unregulated individuals are not required to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, and the College has no jurisdiction over the individual if the client is not satisfied with the conduct or actions of the person and wishes to file a complaint.

Position

Massage therapy students or graduates who have not yet taken, or have failed the certification examinations are not yet members of the College. The College believes that it is not in the public’s interest for students or unregistered graduates to practice Massage Therapy before they are registered with the College.

The College advises Massage Therapists that they cannot supervise the work of an unregulated individual and bill that service as Massage Therapy and should not allow unregistered students/graduates to work as Massage Therapists in their practice.

If the College receives a complaint about the practice of a Massage Therapy student or graduate who is, or has been, practising before being registered, the information will be investigated to determine if the student has contravened the title and official marks provisions of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991. When the student or graduate files an application for registration the complaint will be reviewed by the Registrar to determine if the application should be referred to the Registration Committee for a decision to refuse to register the applicant or to impose terms, conditions, or limitations on the certificate.

The Registration Committee will consider the individual’s decision to practise Massage Therapy while unregistered, and may determine that the individual has not adhered to the four Principles of the Code of Ethics and does not meet the registration requirement to demonstrate that he/she has the required judgment to practise safely and ethically.

 

Adopted: June 28, 1999
 Revised: December 3, 2004