THE COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS OF ONTARIO (CMTO) – TORONTO – JUNE 22, 2012 – As a follow-up to the College’s June 6, 2012 notice regarding breach of the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) portion of its certification examination and the resulting suspension of examinations, the following update is provided.

Recently, the College learned of external efforts to compromise and undermine the integrity and validity of its MCQ examination. The College, in its legislated mandate under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 to protect the public from any risk of harm, took immediate steps by suspending its examinations until it had the opportunity to investigate the breach. The College has now concluded its investigation and analysis and is instituting the following measures:

  1. Effective immediately, all Objectively Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) sessions will resume for all eligible candidates. OSCE candidates displaced from recently scheduled examinations will receive email notification of OSCE availability once further information is available. If payment has already been made for the originally scheduled OSCE, further payment will not be required.
  2. Effective immediately, the College will cancel all computer-based MCQ testing. All MCQ examination candidates currently scheduled for testing up to December 31, 2012 will receive an email cancellation notification. The computer-based testing as described in the current Examination Candidate Handbook for 2012 will not be scheduled.
  3. Instead of computer-based testing, the College will hold a paper-based MCQ certification examination in the Fall of 2012.  The Fall MCQ examination will be provided in one single session for all eligible candidates on the same date and will be held in Toronto. This method will ensure a fair, objective and standardized examination for all candidates. It is anticipated that another single session MCQ will be held in the Spring of 2013. We expect to advise candidates and stakeholders of the date, location and application process by the middle of July.

The College recognizes the significant impact the suspension of examinations has had on current examination candidates and students approaching graduation. In consideration of its public interest mandate, the College had to take this drastic measure to assure the public of Ontario that only those qualified through proper training and entry-to-practice competency assessment become registered.