Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation and Education Program Equivalence (for programs outside Ontario)

Summary:

Accreditation by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) is accepted by the Registration Committee of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) for the purposes of identifying Massage Therapy education programs outside of Ontario that are equivalent to a program in a private vocational school in Ontario, or a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario.

Background

In order to become registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), applicants must meet the education requirement articulated in Paragraph 5(1)1 of the Registration Regulation under the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 by:

(A) Obtaining a diploma in Massage Therapy from a private vocational school in Ontario, or a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, or

(B) Successfully completing a course in Massage Therapy at an educational institution outside of Ontario that the Registration Committee considers to be equivalent to the educational program currently being taught in schools and colleges referred to in paragraph A, or

(C) Having qualifications equivalent to those provided by the educational program currently being taught in schools and colleges referred to in paragraph A.

The Registration Committee needed a policy to support their authority in paragraph B, above.

The Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) has a comprehensive process in place to accredit Massage Therapy education programs. The purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a mechanism for quality assurance and continuing improvement of entry-level Massage Therapy education programs across Canada.  

CMTCA accreditation is a two-step process:

  1. Preliminary Accreditation: The education program completes a self-assessment, rating themselves against criteria for each accreditation standard and then submitting their evaluation and evidence to CMTCA. Once reviewed and approved, the program is granted Preliminary Accreditation.
  2. Accreditation: To be granted full Accreditation, a site visit will be scheduled where CMTCA staff and two surveyors will assess compliance with the accreditation standards. After the site visit, the program will receive a decision of either one, three or five years of accreditation, or non-accreditation.

It is important to note that Preliminary Accreditation is not the same as an Accreditation decision, and a program is not fully accredited until a site visit has been successfully completed.

Historically, CMTO has recognized a small number of Massage Therapy programs outside of Ontario as equivalent to programs in Ontario. These programs must achieve CMTCA accreditation by December 31, 2023 or they will no longer be recognized as equivalent.

Policy

The Registration Committee has determined that a Massage Therapy education program outside Ontario is deemed equivalent to a Massage Therapy program in a private vocational school in Ontario or a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, if the program has achieved:

  • Full CMTCA Accreditation at the time a student is first registered, or
  • CMTCA Preliminary Accreditation at the time a student is first registered AND Full CMTCA Accreditation before the student graduates (Preliminary Accreditation at the time the student graduates is not sufficient).

Students who graduate from a program that meets the above-noted requirements must also satisfy the language fluency requirement and successfully complete the CMTO Jurisprudence Examination or the Standards and Regulations E-Workshop prior to being eligible to take the CMTO Certification Examinations.

Massage Therapy education programs outside Ontario that were recognized as equivalent before this policy was implemented must achieve Full CMTCA accreditation by December 31, 2023 or they will no longer be recognized as equivalent to a Massage Therapy education program in a private vocational school in Ontario or a College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario.

 

Approved by Registration Committee: March 26, 2020