Important Notice to Registrants Regarding Adjustments to the SAT and CEU Processes

This Notice covers the following topics:

  1. Change in timing of Continuing Education Unit (CEU) submissions to November 30th
  2. Increased access to on-line Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)
  3. Updated guidance for CEU selection
  4. Change in pre-approval of courses to qualify for CEUs

1.  Continuing Education Unit (CEU) submissions – Now Due November 30th

The CEU cycle ends on October 31st. Up until now, registrants have been required to submit their CEUs no later than December 31st. However, beginning this year, the CEU submission date has changed to November 30th. This will still provide registrants with 30 days to submit their CEUs after completion and avoid the requirement to submit the CEUs during one of the busiest times of the year. In addition, registrants will be required to complete their CEUs on-line.

2.  Increased access to the on-line Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)

Please note that access to the on-line SAT will now be available all year to those registrants in the first year of their CEU cycle. In the past, the on-line SAT was only accessible for a few months. In this way, registrants who are required to complete and submit their SAT in a particular year, can complete the SAT whenever it is convenient for them. A separate e-mail will be sent to those registrants who are in the first year of their CEU cycle reminding them of the requirement to submit their SAT. The deadline to submit the SAT will be September 30, 2016.

3. Updated guidance for CEU selection

There are many sources of guidance to assist registrants in making their CEU choices:

a)      Self-Assessment Tool

b)      CEU Category A and B definitions

c)       CEU criteria

d)      Approved modality and activity lists

e)      Online CEU course search

f)       Massage Therapy Scope of Practice definition

These sources are all posted on the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario’s (CMTO’s) website at: http://www.cmto.com/for-registrants/quality-assurance/ceu-guidelines

In addition to these sources, CMTO would like to draw registrants’ attention to two additional sources of guidance for choosing CEU activities:

g)      Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators (IPC/PI)

The competencies in the Self-Assessment Tool predate the adoption of the Interjurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators, which set out the minimum requirement for newly registered Massage Therapists who are entering practice for the first time, to ensure their ability to practice in a safe, effective and ethical manner.

To review the IPC/PIs please go to:

http://www.cmto.com/about-the-profession/interjurisdictional-practice-competencies-and-performance-indicators.  It is important to review the preface of the document first to understand how the IPC/PIs are written.

h)      CMTO Standards of Practice

The CMTO Standards of Practice are on the website at: http://www.cmto.com/about-the-profession/standards-of-practice.

CMTO encourages registrants to use these additional sources of guidance. These sources are more precise and provide greater clarity to help registrants make good CEU choices that will be accepted by CMTO. This is important because as outlined in the next section, CMTO will no longer pre-approve courses for CEUs.

4. Change in pre-approval of courses to qualify for CEUs

Effective immediately, the College will no longer pre-approve courses as qualifying for CEU credits, as pre-approval gives the impression that CMTO is endorsing the course. Registrants, based on the results of their SAT, should determine what courses they need to take and if these courses relate to the sources of guidance for CEU selection listed in the previous section.

Courses that have previously been granted approval will continue to qualify for CEUs and remain on the CMTO website until the courses’ three-year approval term has expired. Please note that course providers do not require CMTO’s approval to offer a course.

Course providers are encouraged to make information available that indicates how learning outcomes for the course align with the sources of guidance for CEU selection listed in section 3 above, particularly the IPC/PIs and Standards of Practice, to assist registrants in making their CEU choices.

If you have any questions relating to these four matters, please send an e-mail to officeofregistrar@cmto.com.