The currently regulated jurisdictions, Ontario, British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, comprising the Massage Therapy Consortium (the Consortium), have worked over the last 4 years comparing competencies, establishing a common competency document and creating the Inter-jurisdictional Competency Standards with the support of the Government of Canada.
The boards and Councils of the Consortium have all expressed their desire and support for the next phase of the project which is the development of Performance Indicators, having adopted the Inter-jurisdictional Competency Standards in June 2010.
A performance indicator (PI) is an externally observable task which may be undertaken by an individual within an assessment vehicle. Successful completion of this task will provide an indication of the individual’s capacity to perform the practice competency.
The Performance Indicators will complement the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competency Standards and enable educators nationally to develop curricula based on the final amalgamated document. This will further assist in creating the inter-jurisdictional standard facilitating common entry-to-practice requirements in each of the regulated jurisdictions, and for other provinces us they become regulated.
The Consortium has successfully managed the financial aspects of this joint project in the past and Ontario will take the lead in financial management of the current project, Phase 2 of the Inter-jurisdictional Competency Development Project.
The Government of Canada has contributed a grant of $216,144 towards project costs. The project commenced February 1, 2011 and is planned to be completed on March 31, 2012.
Project Status Reports
Recommendations to Regulators from the Project Team
The project team made the following recommendations to the Consortium of Regulators which were subsequently approved by each respective Board or Council:
- That the regulators each approve the PC/PI Grid (dated March 7 2012), to replace the 2010 Inter-Jurisdictional Competency Profile.
- That the regulators encourage and actively support the establishment of regulation in currently non-regulated provinces, thereby expanding the number of regulated jurisdictions. Meanwhile, that the regulators encourage professional associations in the non-regulated provinces to implement similar standards to those in the regulated jurisdictions.
- That the spirit of national collaboration that has been created through the project should continue.
- That the Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) establish a multi-stakeholder consortium in order to pursue matters related to national standards for the profession.
- That establishing an education program accreditation process should be the first priority in implementing the PCs/PIs. Initially this should take place across the three regulated jurisdictions, and then be expanded to provide for optional accreditation in non-regulated provinces.
- That the current jurisdictional registration examinations be mapped to the PIs as soon as possible.
- That regulators consider establishing an inter-jurisdictional registration examination.
- That this final report in full be released to stakeholders in the profession.
Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapist At Entry-to-Practice
For the final approved Inter-jurisdictional Massage Therapy Competency Standards – click here.