UPDATED COMMUNIQUÉ FROM
THE COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS OF ONTARIO REGARDING THE STATUS OF CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS
THE COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS OF ONTARIO – TORONTO – JUNE 6, 2012 – The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has recently become aware of external efforts to compromise and undermine the integrity and validity of the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) portion of its certification examination. As a result, the CMTO has temporarily suspended the MCQ sessions. However, in fairness to candidates who have already successfully completed the MCQ, they are being permitted to take their previously scheduled Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE). For those candidates who have not yet taken or successfully completed their MCQ, their OSCE has been postponed.
The College has launched an investigation to determine the extent of the breach and its ramifications. The College must be satisfied and ensure for the benefit of all stakeholders (including the public, candidates for registration and members of the profession) that its certification examinations provide a reliable and valid measure of a candidate’s competency in knowledge, skills and ability for the practice of massage therapy in Ontario. Following its investigation, the College will be in a position to provide further updates as to the next available examination sessions as quickly as possible.
While the College recognizes the negative consequences to potential registrants, it has taken this drastic measure in the interest of protecting the public from harm and the integrity of the massage therapy profession.