Certification Examinations

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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 is moving from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) to Prometric. CMTO’s Council approves content outlines for the examinations annually. Detailed information about the certification examination registration and delivery is available in the Candidate’s Handbook for Understanding Certification Examinations in Ontario on the Prometric website.

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

COVID-19 and the Certification Examinations

Information about test centre 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 to take effect 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. Currently, they can be viewed starting on page 68 of the Council meeting materials of February 9, 2021.

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. In 2021, an additional block is being added in February to provide better access to graduates who were unable to take the exam in 2020.

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

OSCE examinations are scheduled to resume in January 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CMTO was unable to administer examinations over the course of eight months in 2020. The OSCE examinations will begin approximately four months earlier in 2021(OSCE administrations usually start in May of 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.

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