RMT Designation

Introduction

The use of any title or designation is an effective method of quickly imparting considerable information to others, especially in the case of professional designations. Some titles such as “Massage Therapist” are protected by legislation and their use is only granted through registration with the regulatory body for the profession.

Background

The principle purpose for protection of title is to prevent confusion or misrepresentation to the public.

One of the central elements of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), 1991 and the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 is the protection of title. In Ontario, the title “Massage Therapist” or “M.T.” or any variation or abbreviation of them, is reserved for individuals registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the College). Title protection allows the public to readily identify those individuals who are registered with the College and are consequently accountable for the delivery of Massage Therapy service that meets the established standards of the profession.

There has been ongoing confusion about the appropriate designation that distinguishes a Massage Therapist who is registered with the College. Many members of the public are unaware of protected titles and believe that the designation for registered registrants of the College is RMT and that registrants using the MT designation are not trained to the same standard or registered with the College.

Position

Massage Therapists should represent themselves in a clear, open, and straightforward manner. In order to achieve transparency and to avoid misrepresentation or confusion for the public, it is essential that Massage Therapists use a consistent designation.

The Council of the College has determined that, in the interest of transparency, RMT should be the only designation used by registrants of the College.

 

Adopted by Council: December 1, 2006