April 23, 2020
The College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) is pleased to announce a joint funding agreement with the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of BC (RMTBC) that will enable registered massage therapists (RMTs) to complete the College’s mandatory Boundaries and Consent course free of charge – a savings of $100 for every RMT in BC.
The agreement for the two organizations to split the cost of delivering the online course reflects a ground-breaking collaboration between the College and the Association during extraordinary times. It recognizes the challenging financial situation for RMTs across BC who have temporarily ceased practice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer’s expectations for regulated health professionals.
“Thanks to this partnership, all RMTs will now be able to fulfil the mandated education requirement around boundaries and consent regardless of their financial situation,” explains Eric Wredenhagen, CMTBC Registrar & CEO.
The Boundaries and Consent course guides RMTs through the standards of practice for maintaining professional boundaries and obtaining informed consent from patients. Consisting of eight modules and more than 100 clinical scenarios, the course helps bridge the gap between theory and practice.
“The course addresses fundamental issues for RMT practice, and supports the College’s mandate to protect the wellbeing of British Columbians through the regulation of RMTs and ensure registrants deliver safe, ethical, and effective treatment to their patients,” says Mr. Wredenhagen.
“We’re very happy to be supporting our profession as it supports the pandemic response,” says Gordon MacDonald, Executive Director of RMTBC.
All RMTs with practising and non-practising status are required to complete the Boundaries and Consent course. RMTs who have already completed the course will receive a $100 credit towards their next CMTBC registration renewal fee.
RMTs are encouraged to enrol in the course in a timely manner to ensure adequate time is available to complete the course before the October 31, 2020 deadline. Once enrolled, RMTs have eight weeks to complete the course. Visit CMTBC Online Courses for details.
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As mandated by BC’s Health Professions Act, CMTBC regulates the profession of massage therapy in the public interest to ensure that RMTs in BC deliver safe, ethical, and effective treatment. Approximately 5,300 RMTs are registered to practice in BC.
RMTBC serves its members and leads the profession by fostering excellence in practice, education and research. Approximately 3,100 RMTs are RMTBC members.