Continuing Education

Designed to be accessible to registrants regardless of geographical location, financial restraints and/or time limitations, the continuing education component of the Quality Assurance (QA) Program is comprised of two parts:

  • completion of a minimum of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to demonstrate professional learning acquired during the three year cycle (20 CEUs from Category A and 10 CEUs from Category A or Category B); and
  • a response to CEU questions identified in pre-selected TouchPoint articles.

Registrants holding a General Certificate registration status are obligated to comply with all aspects of the QA Program, including the continuing education component.

Compliance with continuing education obligations commences during the first year of registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

Continuing Education Cycle

Continuing education cycles are three years in duration, beginning on November 1st and concluding on October 31st.

Registrants are required to report completion of CEUs online between November 1st and November 30th of the year the continuing education cycle concludes.

To determine your continuing education cycle submission due date, please log into your Registrant Login.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Over the course of each three year continuing education cycle, registrants are required to obtain a minimum of 30 CEUs by actively participating in professional education activities that meet the following criteria:

  • the activity must be an activity where learning takes place;
  • the topic that is learned about must be related to a Massage Therapy competency or modality; and
  • the learning outcome must relate to the practice of Massage Therapy.

A minimum of 20 CEUs must relate to competencies or modalities identified in Category A. The remaining 10 CEUs may correspond to Category A or Category B activities.

CEUs are calculated at one (1) CEU for every two (2) hours of professional learning.

Registrants may receive CEUs for professional learning that accurately demonstrates alignment with:

CMTO does not pre-approve course providers or continuing education activities.

TouchPoint Articles

CMTO publishes the TouchPoint newsletter twice per year. Providing information on various aspects of public protection and professional responsibilities, registrants are required to read the designated article(s) in each publication and compose a response to the identified CEU questions.

Registrants may claim three (3) CEUs per cycle under Category A for the completion of TouchPoint article questions.

For ease of reference, answers to TouchPoint article CEU questions may be entered online within the registrant profile.

Registrants are required to sign an online declaration to confirm completion of CEU questions as part of the TouchPoint article when submitting CEU requirements at the end of the continuing education cycle.

Reporting Completion of Continuing Education Requirements

Completion of mandatory continuing education requirements must be reported to CMTO between November 1st and November 30th of the year the continuing education cycle concludes.

Submissions are only accepted online through the Registrant Login. CMTO does not accept paper-based CEU submissions.

At the conclusion of the CEU cycle, the registrant must report completion of a minimum of 30 CEUs.
A minimum of 20 CEUs must relate to competencies or modalities identified in Category A. The remaining 10 CEUs may correspond to Category A or Category B activities.

All submissions are reviewed by CMTO. Registrants will receive status updates by email to confirm completion or advise of next steps.

To report completion of continuing education requirements, please log into your Registrant Login.

Submission Due Date: November 30th

Note: Effective 2016, the continuing education reporting deadline has been changed from December 31st to November 30th, providing registrants with 30 days to submit completion of CEUs.

Professional Portfolio

In addition to reporting completion of continuing education requirements online, registrants need to maintain a professional portfolio that contains supporting documentation to verify completion of CEU learning activities.

Supporting documentation to verify completion of CEU learning activities may include:

  • receipts, brochures, or program agendas;
  • certificates, transcripts, course outlines, newspaper clippings or media content;
  • activity logs that document accumulated hours;
  • contact information for groups, associations, etc.; and
  • synopses of reviewed articles, books, or videos.

CEU Reporting Due Dates

Each CEU cycle commences on November 1st and concludes on October 31st.

To determine your CEU Cycle please refer to the CEU tab found within the Registrant Login.

Upon conclusion of the CEU cycle, registrants have 30 days to report completion of their CEU learning activities. Submissions are accepted online using the Registrant Login through November 30th .

CEU Course Search

Effective May 2016, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) no longer pre-approves courses or assigns Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for submitted course materials.

Courses that have been granted previous approval will continue to remain on the CMTO website until the three-year term has expired.

A course provider does not require CMTO pre-approval to offer a course for registrants.

To locate a CEU course, search here:

  • enter full or partial information into any identified field;
  • enter information into one or more fields to broaden or narrow search results; and
  • click on the course title to obtain additional information.

 

Category A

Learning activities for Category A relate specifically to the definition of Massage Therapy as stated in the Massage Therapy Act:

“The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.”

Relevant competencies and modalities are identified in the Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance (PCs/PIs), the CMTO Standards of Practice, the Self-Assessment Tool, and CMTO Scope of Practice – Modalities as outlined below.

CMTO Scope of Practice – Modalities

1. Active Release 20. Manual Lymph Drainage
2. Acupressure 21. Meridian Massage
3. Acupuncture 22. Muscle Energy
4. Aquatic Massage Therapy 23. Myofascial Release
5. ANLI Assessments 24. Neuromuscular Therapy
6. Baths 25. NISA
7. Cold Packs 26. Ortho-bionomy
8. Cranial Sacral Therapy including Unwinding 27. PNF
9. Deep Connective Tissue 28. Reflexology
10. Deep Muscle 29. Remedial Exercise including Exercise Therapy
11. Esalen Tissue 30. Rolfing
12. Hot Packs 31. Shiatsu including Moxibustion
13. Hot Stone Therapy 32. Sports Massage including Athletic Taping and Bracing
14. Indie Head Massage 33. Strain / Counterstrain
15. Infant Massage 34. Structural Integration
16. Integrative Manual Therapy 35. Traditional Thai / Thai Yoga Massage
17. Joint Mobilization 36. Trigger Point Therapy
18. Labour Support 37. Tui Na
19. Lomi Lome 38. Visceral Manipulation

 

To complete Category A requirements registrants may choose to:

  • participate in workshops, seminars or courses related to Massage Therapy;
  • confer with peers individually or in a group setting on matters related to Massage Therapy (Peer is defined as a healthcare professional regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA);
  • serve as a committee member for CMTO, RMTAO, CMTA, AMTA, CSMA or other relevant organizations;
  • serve as an examiner, peer assessor, subject matter expert, or investigator for CMTO;
  • review books, articles or videos related to Massage Therapy;
  • conduct, participate or collaborate in a formal research project that relates to Massage Therapy with the intent to publish results;
  • author Massage Therapy focused articles for publication;
  • present at workshops, seminars or courses related to Massage Therapy (excludes teaching at a Massage Therapy school);

  • prepare materials for a course being taught at an approved Massage Therapy school (limited to first time preparations or revisions to at least 50 percent of course content);
  • act as a clinical supervisor at an approved Massage Therapy school (maximum 6 CEUs per CEU cycle).

Generally Category A learning activities do not include volunteer work, providing free massage for marketing purposes, providing massage at charity events, or participating in language or university courses, however, registrants are welcome to submit requests for consideration to the Quality Assurance Committee.

 

Activities, Competencies, Modalities and Codes

Learning Activity

AAW Attending workshops, seminars or courses – provide name of course, date attended, learning obtained.
APW Presenting workshops, seminars or courses – can include preparation time, limited to only the first presentation of the information.
ACO Membership on committees – limited to committees of the organizations listed in the guidelines.
ACN Serving as an examiner, peer assessor, subject matter expert, or investigator – limited to contract positions with the College.
ARE Participate in conducting or collaborating in formal research – identify the research project and how it relates to the practice of Massage Therapy.
AWR Submitting articles for publication – provide the name of the article and periodical it was submitted to; may include the research time for the creation of the article.
APE Conferring with peers – provide name of peer, their designation, outline the topics discussed.
ABA Reviewing books, articles or videos – provide the name of the publication reviewed, the learning outcome and how it relates to the practice of Massage Therapy.

 

Category A – Competency

CAN Anatomy CTH Massage Theory
CTX Applying Treatments CTE Massage Techniques
CBA Business Acumen COC Ongoing Client Evaluation
CBD Business Development COL Ongoing Learning
CCA Client Assessment CPA Pathology
CCF Client Focus CPY Physiology
CCR Client Relations CPT Pre-treatments
CCC Communications CPS Problem Solving and Decision Making
CCL Compliance CPH Public Health
CCO Conflict Resolution CRM Records Management
CIR Interprofessional Relations CRE Remedial Exercise
CHK Healthcare Services Knowledge CSM Self-Management
CHY Hydrotherapy

 

Category A – Modality

MAR Active Release MMM Meridian Massage
MAC Acupressure MME Muscle Energy
MAP Acupuncture MMR Myofascial Release
MAQ Aquatic Massage Therapy MNT Neuromuscular Therapy
MAN ANLI Assessments MNI NISA
MBA Baths MOB Ortho-bionomy
MCP Cold Packs MPN PNF
MCS Cranial Sacral Therapy including Unwinding MRF Reflexology
MDC Deep Connective Tissue MRE Remedial Exercise including Exercise Therapy
MDM Deep Muscle MRO Rolfing
MET Esalen Tissue MSH Shiatsu including Moxibustion
MHP Hot Packs MSM Sports Massage including Athletic Taping and Bracing
MST Hot Stone Therapy MSC Strain/Counterstrain
MIH Indie Head Massage (Indian Head Massage is a different modality and is not eligible for CEUs) MSI Structural Integration
MIM Infant Massage MSW Swedish
MMT Integrative Manual Therapy MTH Traditional Thai / Thai Yoga Massage
MJB Joint Mobilization MTP Trigger Point Therapy
MLS Labour Support MTN Tui Na
MLL Lomi Lome MVM Visceral Manipulation
MLD Manual Lymph Drainage  

 

 

Category B

Learning activities for Category B are complementary to Massage Therapy and not considered to be included in the scope of practice for a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

1. Alexander Technique 9. Meditation
2. Aromatherapy 10. Pilates
3. Feldenkrais 11. Reiki (1st degree only)
4. Electrical therapy techniques including; IFC, TENS, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Pulsed High Frequency, Low Intensity Laser Therapy 12. Tai Chi
5. Guided Imagery 13. Therapeutic Touch
6. Healing Touch 14. Touch for Health
7. Inhalation Therapy 15. Trager
8. Kinesiology 16. Yoga

 

To complete Category B requirements registrants may choose to:

  • participate in workshops, seminars or courses that complement Massage Therapy;
  • confer with peers, individually or in a group setting, on matters that complement Massage Therapy (i.e., ‘peer’ is defined as a healthcare professional regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA);
  • serve as a committee member for CMTO, RMTAO, CMTA, AMTA, CSMA or other relevant organizations that complement Massage Therapy;
  • serve as an examiner, peer assessor, subject matter expert, or investigator for CMTO;
  • review books, articles or videos that complement Massage Therapy;
  • conduct, participate or collaborate in a formal research project that complements Massage Therapy with the intent to publish results;
  • author articles for publication that complement Massage Therapy;
  • present at workshops, seminars or courses that complement Massage Therapy (excludes teaching at a Massage Therapy school);
  • prepare materials for a course being taught at an approved Massage Therapy school (limited to first time preparations or revisions to at least 50 percent of course content);
  • act as a clinical supervisor at an approved Massage Therapy school (maximum 6 CEUs per CEU cycle).

Registrants are welcome to submit other modalities for consideration to the Quality Assurance Committee.

 

Activities, Competencies, Modalities and Codes

Learning Activity

AAW Attending workshops, seminars or courses – provide name of course, date attended, learning obtained.
APW Presenting workshops, seminars or courses – can include preparation time, limited to only the first presentation of the information.
ACO Membership on committees – limited to committees of the organizations listed in the guidelines.
ACN Serving as an examiner, peer assessor, subject matter expert, or investigator – limited to contract positions with the College.
ARE Participate in conducting or collaborating in formal research – identify the research project and how it relates to the practice of Massage Therapy.
AWR Submitting articles for publication – provide the name of the article and periodical it was submitted to; may include the research time for the creation of the article.
APE Conferring with peers – provide name of peer, their designation, outline the topics discussed.
ABA Reviewing books, articles or videos – provide the name of the publication reviewed, the learning outcome and how it relates to the practice of Massage Therapy.

 

Category B – Modality

MAT Alexander Technique MMD Meditation
MAM Aromatherapy MPL Pilates
MEL Electrical Therapy techniques including: IFC, TENS, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Pulsed High Frequency, Low Intensity Laser MRI Reiki (1st degree only)
MFD Feldenkrais MTC Tai Chi
MGI Guided Imagery MTT Therapeutic Touch
MHT Healing Touch MTH Touch for Health
MIT Inhalation Therapy MTR Trager
MKN Kinesiology MYO Yoga

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Quality Assurance Program

 

Is it possible to carry CEUs forward to the next CEU cycle?

 To support the intention behind lifelong learning, registrants are expected to regularly engage in learning activities that serve to enhance professional knowledge and awareness of current trends. As a result, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) obtained must be reported in the CEU cycle that the learning took place.

What happens if a registrant was unable to obtain 30 CEUs during a specified CEU cycle?

A registrant who has not completed a minimum of 30 CEUs within a specified CEU cycle must provide the Quality Assurance Committee with a written explanation, prior to November 30th, detailing the reason for failing to fulfill continuing education obligations. Submissions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Does CMTO pre-approve courses and learning activities?

CMTO does not pre-approve courses or learning activities. Instead, registrants are responsible for selecting learning opportunities that align with individual learning goals, enhance professional knowledge and/or improve existing skills or techniques. To support the selection of appropriate learning activities, registrants are encouraged to reference the resources below:

Does CMTO provide a list of approved CEU courses?

While CMTO does not pre-approve courses or learning activities, courses listed in the online CEU course search are provided as an option for registrants.

How does a course provider get a course listed in the online CEU course search?

Effective May 2016, CMTO no longer pre-approves courses or assigns Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for submitted course materials. Courses that have been granted previous approval will continue to remain on the CMTO website until the three-year term has expired.

Consistent with previous practices, a course provider does not require CMTO’s pre-approval to offer a course for registrants. However, course providers are encouraged to offer information that demonstrates how the course learning outcomes align with the Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (PCs/PIs), the CMTO Standards of Practice, the Self-Assessment Tool or other supporting resources, so registrants may make an informed decision.

What happens if a registrant assumes an inactive registration status during the CEU cycle?

Registrants that hold an inactive registration status are not required to report completion of CEUs. Continuing education obligations resume when a registrant returns to a General Certificate status.

Does CMTO grant registrants with extensions to fulfill continuing education obligations?

Registrant requests for an extension to fulfill continuing education obligations are considered on a case-by-case basis. All requests must be submitted in writing.

Do registrants who were recently peer assessed still need to report completion of continuing education obligations?

Yes, all registrants are required to report completion of continuing education obligations by November 30th of the year the specified CEU cycle concludes.

Where are the mandatory CEU articles located?

Mandatory CEU articles are located in the CMTO newsletter, TouchPoint.