Continuing education cycles are three years in duration, beginning on November 1st and concluding on October 31st.
For some registrants, the end of the current Continuing Education Unit (CEU) cycle is underway. Effective 2016, registrants are required to report completion of CEUs online no later than November 30th of the year their continuing education cycle concludes.
In May 2016, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) provided updated guidance for CEU selection. This update provides additional guidance for registrants who are looking to report their completion of CEUs. An overview of the Continuing Education process is outlined below, along with some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that have been received by registrants who have already reported.
Continuing Education Overview
Designed to be accessible to registrants regardless of geographic location, financial constraints and/or time limitations, the continuing education component of the Quality Assurance 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
- Response to CEU questions identified in pre-selected TouchPoint
Registrants holding General Certificate registration status are obligated to comply with all aspects of the Quality Assurance Program, including the continuing education component.
The need to comply with continuing education obligations commences during the first year of registration with CMTO.
As of May 2016, CMTO no longer pre-approves courses as qualifying for CEU credits, but relies on registrants to choose suitable CEU options. Based on the results of their Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), registrants now determine what courses they need to take, and ensure that the courses relate to the sources of updated guidance for CEU selection.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I enter my CEU information before the end of my reporting cycle?
Registrants are welcome to ‘enter’ completed learning activities into their registrant profile throughout the CEU cycle. Toward the end of the CEU cycle an email will be sent to all registrants to advise that they need to ‘report’ or ‘submit’ completion of continuing education requirements.
The final step you need to take is to ‘submit’ your continuing education requirements. CMTO will send an email at the beginning of November to advise that the function has been enabled.
Inputting the information in advance of the required date can help ensure the successful completion of your CEU reporting. The status of ‘not reviewed’ indicates that CMTO has not reviewed the submission; a step that is only taken once the registrant has ‘submitted’ the information at the end of the CEU cycle. Once CMTO has reviewed the information the status will change.
What is the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)?
The Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) is intended to support the registrant in identifying development areas to focus upon for the continuing education cycle. Registrants that are required to report will be advised by email when this step needs to be taken.
Is CMTO changing the CEU program?
CMTO is in the process of developing a Quality Assurance Program which will include a revised continuing education component. Additional details will be released in the coming months. Until the new Quality Assurance Program is launched, registrants are required to comply with existing continuing education requirements.
How do I report submission of my CEU cycle when the ‘Submit Cycle’ button does not appear?
Toward the end of the CEU cycle an email will be sent to registrants to advise that they need to ‘submit’ completion of continuing education requirements. In the meantime, registrants are welcome to ‘enter’ completed learning activities into their registrant profile throughout the CEU cycle; in fact inputting the information in advance of the required date can help ensure the successful completion of your CEU reporting.
What is the deadline for reporting completion of continuing education requirements?
Registrants are required to report completion of continuing education requirements between November 1st and November 30th of the year their CEU cycle concludes.
What does the status ‘not reviewed’ mean?
The status of ‘not reviewed’ indicates that CMTO has not reviewed the submission; a step that is only taken once the registrant has ‘submitted’ the information at the end of the CEU cycle. The status will change once the information has been ‘reviewed’.
How do I report completion of the TouchPoint articles?
During the continuing education reporting process, you will be asked to declare that you have completed the required TouchPoint article questions. Registrants must click the box next to this declaration before clicking on ‘Submit’. Inputting your answers to the article questions online provides verification that the registrant has fulfilled the requirement.
What is the purpose of the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)?
The Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) is intended to help the registrant with identifying development areas to focus upon when setting professional learning goals for completion during the three year continuing education cycle. Registrants are required to complete the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) at the beginning of their CEU cycle.
Does the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario approve course providers and materials?
Earlier this year the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) made a decision to no longer review or approve course materials or providers. Instead the registrant is responsible for ensuring that their chosen learning activities support the achievement of their professional learning goals. To qualify for continuing education credit, registrants must demonstrate that submitted learning activities align with one or more of the competencies, modalities or standards of practice for Massage Therapy in Ontario. Resource documents are posted on the CMTO website which include Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators and Standards of Practice for the profession.
What type of continuing education would not qualify for CEU credits?
Registrants are encouraged to use sound professional judgement when selecting learning activities that directly ‘relate to’ (Category A) or ‘complement’ (Category B) the practice of Massage Therapy. The Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators offers a valuable point of reference given that the document provides an education foundation for provinces across the country that regulate Massage Therapy.