Certification Examination

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Transition of Certification Examinations to Prometric

As of January 1, 2021, development and administration of the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) and Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) certification examinations has moved from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) to Prometric. CMTO’s Council approves content outlines for the examinations annually. Detailed information about registration and delivery of the certification examinations is available in the Candidate’s Handbook for Understanding Certification Examinations in Ontario.

Please note: If you graduated from an approved Massage Therapy program in Ontario before November 27, 2020, and did not create a profile with CMTO before that date, please contact certificationservices@cmto.com to assist in completing your certification examination registration.

COVID-19 and the Certification Examinations

Information about test center processes and infection prevention protocols is available on the Prometric website.

Education Validity Extension for Certification Examinations and at Initial Registration due to the impact of COVID-19

An individual must have successfully completed a recognized Massage Therapy education program no more than three years before the date of their certification examinations. Their education must also be no more than three years old when they apply for initial registration with CMTO. In recognition of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on this timeframe, CMTO will grant a one-time extension equivalent to the time lost due to the certification examinations not being administered in 2020. Please review Education Validity Extension for Certification Examinations and at Initial Registration due to the Impact of COVID-19 for more information.

General Information

Applicants for registration must successfully complete the certification examinations administered by Prometric on behalf of CMTO. As per the Education Requirement for Exam Eligibility and Initial Registration Policy, a candidate’s education must be no more than three years old on the date they are scheduled to take an examination. If their education is more than three years old, they must successfully complete a CMTO-approved refresher course no more than 15 months before the date they are scheduled to take an examination. The certification examination assesses the entry to practice competencies for safe Massage Therapy practice.

Council has approved new Standards of Practice for the profession that will  take effect on January 1, 2022. All current Standards of Practice, including the current Technique Standards, will be rescinded effective January 1, 2022. The new Standards of Practice will be incorporated into the Certification Examinations as of January 1, 2022. View the Standards of Practice.

There are two certification examinations – the written Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) examination and the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE). A minimum scaled score of 70 is required on each examination.

Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ)

The MCQ is a computer-based examination consisting of 150 questions administered over 180 minutes. It can be taken either before or after the OSCE.

MCQ Examination Schedule

The MCQ examination is usually offered in four administration blocks each year, with the first block taking place in April.

Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE)

The OSCE is a clinical examination designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and application of skill using clinical scenarios in each of seven test stations. The OSCE is delivered over 90 minutes.

OSCE Examination Schedule

The OSCE is usually offered continually from May to December each year.

Preparing for the Certification Exams

Information about the content and format of the certification exams is provided in the Candidate’s Handbook for Understanding Certification Examinations in Ontario. It is a requirement for candidates to read the Candidate Handbook before taking the certification examinations.

Permitted Examination Attempts

Candidates are permitted a maximum of three attempts at each of the Certification Examinations (both the OSCE and the MCQ). In accordance with the College’s Examination Regulation, candidates who fail an examination three times must obtain a new Massage Therapy diploma before being eligible to take the examinations again.

As noted in the Examination Candidates Returning after Three Previous Failures Policy, any candidate who failed one or more of the College’s certification examinations, returned to school and obtained another diploma then reapplied for examinations, will be treated as a new applicant. These candidates must take and obtain a successful result on both the multiple choice (MCQ) examination and the Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) examination regardless of their previous history on the examinations.

Certification Examination Statistics

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