Initial Registration

From the time you receive your last certification examination results, it can take up to 10 business days for the College to email you an Eligible to Apply for Registration notification. This notification will include your Initial Registration (IR) fees and a list of documents required for your IR application. Please refer to the IR – Document Checklist and the IR Guide for more information.

To be eligible to register with the College, the candidate must also:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or authorized under the Immigration Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of the profession;
  • Be able to speak and write either English or French with reasonable fluency (per O. Reg. 864/93, S.6);
  • Obtain professional liability insurance;
  • Complete the criminal record screening and mandatory reporting process.

Complete details of the requirements and documents needed to accompany the registration application are found in the Initial Registration Guide. After completing the registration application, please use the checklist to ensure all of the required documents are being sent. Additional information about registration and liability insurance can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below.

To apply for initial registration online, log in using the same login and password that was used to book your certification examinations and the candidate will be presented with an Initial Registration option. Follow the steps and pay the registration fee. Then send in the required documents to the CMTO. Alternatively, a paper copy of the Initial Registration Application can be printed.

FAQs

What is the initial registration fee and how long is it good for?

Once the certification examinations have been passed the candidate will be sent a letter stating that they are eligible to apply for registration and the amount of the fees required. The initial registration fee is a prorated amount which is determined by the month the candidate applies for registration.

Please note that there is an application fee which must be paid, which is a one-time administrative fee for new registrants of the College.

New registrants who will not be residing and practising in Ontario may wish to register with an Inactive Certificate. Registrants cannot hold an Inactive Certificate until they have first held a General Certificate.

This means that the candidate’s initial registration with the College must be for a General Certificate even if they intend to immediately change to an Inactive Certificate. Learn more about the status change process.

Can the registration number be faxed to the registrant?

No, the registration number is like a PIN number and is unique to each individual as a registrant. The registration number will not be faxed to the registrant or provided over the telephone. It is the responsibility of the Massage Therapist to protect his/her Certificate of Registration and registration number from fraudulent use by others.

What is the minimum amount of liability insurance needed?

General Certificate holders are required to carry a minimum of $2,000,000 per occurrence in professional liability insurance at all times. They will be asked to sign a Declaration of Eligibility to hold a General Certificate on the registration form.The Declaration includes a section in which they must provide information about the amount of insurance they have, the name of the insuring company and the date of expiry of their insurance. They should also submit proof of their insurance in the form of a Certificate of Insurance from an insurance company, clearly showing the name of the registrant, the amount and the expiry date of the coverage.

What does the College consider proof of liability insurance?

General Certificate holders will be asked to sign a Declaration of Eligibility to hold a General Certificate on the registration form. The Declaration includes a section in which they must provide information about the amount of insurance they have, the name of the insuring company and the date of expiry of their insurance.

They should also submit proof of their insurance in the form of a Certificate of Insurance from an insurance company, clearly showing the name of the registrant, the amount and the expiry date of the coverage.

What happens if liability insurance expires?

Registrants are required to carry $2,000,000 in liability insurance at all times while they hold a General Certificate. If the College is notified that their liability insurance has expired and they have not provided new proof of insurance, their certificate will be suspended. The certificate will be reinstated once the College receives proof that the registrant has current liability insurance.

What should I do if insurance companies change?

The College must be informed of any change and a receipt from the new insurance company must be sent to the Registration Services Department. If the College does not have proof of coverage, the registrant’s license will be suspended until the College receives proof that the registrant has adequate liability insurance.

What insurance company should I use?

Any insurance company may be used provided the registrant maintains the minimum professional liability coverage of $2,000,000 per occurrence at all times and that the coverage is valid in Ontario. The College cannot recommend a particular insurance company.

Can my insurance company fax you a copy of my insurance?

No. It is the registrant’s responsibility to send in proof of liability insurance to the College.

 

 

For Further Information

If you have a question about initial registration and you do not find your answer on the website, in the initial registration guide or in the FAQs above, please contact registrationservices@cmto.com