Announcement – Third-Party Examination Provider

Winter 2019

The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has signed an agreement with Prometric Canada Testing Services Inc. (Prometric) to develop and administer CMTO’s Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) and Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) Certification Examinations as of January 1, 2021.

The move to a third party for examination development and administration is an important step that allows CMTO to maintain control over content and candidate eligibility requirements while removing any perceived conflict of interest that can arise when a regulator develops and administers registration examinations.

What does this mean for the exams in 2020?

For the 2020 exam year, the examinations will continue to be developed and administered by CMTO:

  • The OSCE will be delivered from May to December at CMTO’s offices in Toronto.
  • The MCQ will continue to be offered in four administration windows each year, however it will no longer be offered at the Grand Hotel in Toronto. Instead, it will be offered at a number of Prometric test centres in Ontario, providing greater access to examination candidates.

The examinations will be based on the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice.

The MCQ and OSCE fees charged by CMTO are unchanged for 2020.

What does this mean for the exams in 2021 and beyond?

The examinations will continue to be based on the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry-to-Practice. A comprehensive transition plan is already underway to ensure a smooth transition before the 2021 cutover date.

In 2021, the fees charged by Prometric will be $615.00 for the MCQ and $865.00 for the OSCE.

If you have any questions, please contact Valerie Browne, Director, Registration Services at registration@cmto.com or by phone at 416.489.2626/1-800-465-1933 ext. 4117.

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