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Criteria for Approval of Continuing Education Activities

Practical Education (PE) CECs

Continuing education credits (CECs) are awarded for activities that meet all these criteria:

  • Course is offered in person, in real-time, and in a shared space – maximum of 7 CECs per day.
  • Hands-on learning – participants learn and practice course content with support and input of primary instructor.
  • CECs are based on the model of 1 hour of instruction = 1 CEC, and there is a maximum of 7 CECs provided per day (7 or more teaching hours in one day = 7 CECs).
  • Content/course material is within RMTs’ scope of practice as defined by the Massage Therapists Regulation and is hands-on (manual therapy) content.
  • Course content reflects core components of RMTs’ practice: hands-on physical assessment, treatment, and home care.
  • Course content is grounded in foundational knowledge that builds upon RMTs’ entry-level foundational knowledge (western medicine), and not in the knowledge/traditions of Chinese, Ayurvedic, or other medical forms.
  • Courses that consist entirely of home care instruction will provide:
    • Evidence-informed education,
    • Results-based education, and
    • One-on-one instruction to patients in stretching, strengthening, and improving function in patients’ daily activities.
  • Includes demonstrable learning outcomes and a means to assess that they are met.
  • New in Cycle 12: The application for approval must include documents that describe the course content:
    • Course outline,
    • Handouts provided to participants,
    • References that validate course content – testimonials are not accepted in lieu of evidence and references that support the course content,
    • Verification method of participants’ attendance, and
    • Other material, at the discretion of course provider.
    • CMTBC is a regulatory authority, committed to confidential handling of information submitted for review. The proprietary nature of course material is understood. Information provided is for reviewers’ eyes only and is destroyed after the end of Cycle 12. Course material must be submitted electronically.
  • Instruction is provided at a level that advances the basic education of RMTs at entry-to-practice level.

Instructor credentials meet the following requirements:

  • Practicing clinician/health professional who, at minimum, has equivalent knowledge and competencies to that of BC RMTs,
  • The instructor can reasonably be expected to teach RMTs safe and effective assessment, treatment, and home care knowledge and skills within a health care context,
  • Holds current registration or certification in their profession, and
  • Is in good standing with the instructor’s regulatory body, and holds a status that is equivalent to Practising status.

If an instructor is not currently a member of their regulatory body in the jurisdiction(s) where they practice, they are not appropriately credentialed. Association membership is not equivalent to a regulator’s good standing status, nor is it substantially equivalent to the status of a regulated health professional.

curriculum vitae and support documents, as necessary, will be submitted with the application for course approval. Links to websites or a brief biography are inadequate.

While it may be difficult to determine that internationally credentialed instructors meet the required criteria, the College intends to confirm these criteria. It is the responsibility of the instructor(s) to assist in this process. Course approval may be delayed as a result.

Online Courses - Professional Development (PD) CECs

PD CECs are granted for completion of online courses in practical education that meet all these criteria:

  • Instructor or institutional credentials (in the case that instructors vary) meet CMTBC’s criteria for practical education instructors,
  • Learning outcomes are clearly articulated in the course material,
  • Completion of assessments deemed appropriate to the learning outcomes are made available for review by CMTBC,
  • Access to the course and its assessment(s) is provided for course reviewers (username and password, and other information required to view the complete course and assignments/exams),
  • Content is within RMTs’ scope of practice as defined by BC’s Massage Therapists Regulation,
  • Course content reflects core components of RMTs’ practice: assessment, treatment, and home care,
  • Courses with technical, modality-based content, as well as courses that address soft skills, including professional communications and clinic management specific to CMTBC registrants, fall in this category of PD CECs,
  • Instruction is provided at a level that advances the basic education of RMTs at entry-to-practice level, and
  • Courses that consist entirely of home care instruction will provide evidence-informed education for the purpose of one-on-one instruction to patients in the areas of stretching, strengthening, and improved function in daily activities, at a level that builds upon and advances the knowledge and skills of RMTs at entry-to-practice level.

University Courses - Professional Development CECs

RMTs enrolled in a degree program at a university qualify for 14 PD CECs for completion of a standard three-credit university course that starts and ends in the time-frame of Cycle 12. The courses must meet these criteria:

  • RMTs qualify for pre-approval by submitting documentation that confirms they are enrolled in a university degree program.
  • RMTs will be required to submit a university transcript to confirm completion of a standard three-credit university course, to earn 14 CECs in Cycle 12.
  • Registrants may pursue academic studies in a field of their choosing but it should support clinical practice.
  • Anticipated learning outcomes include an enhanced understanding of research methods, critical thinking, and the role of evidence and peer review in academic studies.
  • CMTBC recognizes universities as degree-granting institutions, up to and including doctoral degrees. Colleges that issue diplomas are not included in this category of CECs. In those instances where a college provides a university course and/or has degree-granting ability, the RMT shall submit clear documentation to [email protected] for approval of 14 CECs. Alternate forms of post-secondary institutions that are not universities will not be considered in this category.
  • Both online/distance and in-person university courses qualify for credits in this category.
  • RMTs who complete a university course in languages other than English in countries outside of North America are responsible for obtaining government-certified translation of their documentation if they wish to be considered for CECs in this category.

Please note: If you plan to complete a university course in a degree program for which you are enrolled and wish to receive CECs, you must submit the Cycle 12 application form for pre-approval of university courses.
If your degree-granting program and proposed course are approved, you will receive confirmation from CMTBC. Store this communication and upload it via the Registrant Portal together with the  transcript you receive after successful completion of your university course.

Conference Participation - Professional Development CECs

PD CECs are granted for verified participation in practice-oriented professional conferences that meet all these criteria:

  • Content falls within RMTs’ scope of practice.
  • Conference presenters have professional clinical credentials that meet CMTBC’s criteria for practical education instructors or academic credentials and recognition of expertise by their peers.
  • Evidence-informed content.
  • Practice-oriented content. RMTs can be reasonably expected to gain knowledge directly relevant to practice and of benefit to patients.
  • Verified attendance.
  • Conferences must be pre-approved by CMTBC’s Quality Assurance Committee. Conference organizers must  submit the Cycle 12 application form for conference pre-approval and send it to [email protected]. Verification of speakers, commitment to a conference venue, and detailed information on conference content must be included in the submission.

A maximum of 7 CECs per day of a conference will be awarded in this category.

Activities that do not qualify for CECs in Cycle 12

  • Study group
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Passive learning activities, e.g. reading a book and viewing a video
  • Selfcare for the therapist
  • Teaching in a massage therapy education program
  • Instructing approved continuing education courses


While CMTBC provides CECs for activities that meet the criteria for approval, the College cannot attest to the quality of the activities or of the instructors. Approval reflects confirmation that an activity meets published criteria for approval. On occasion, an element of a course’s content may fall outside RMTs’ scope of practice. It is also possible that a course approved early in the two-year reporting cycle changes during the cycle; this is especially true of courses (or components of a course) delivered online. It is always the individual registrant’s responsibility to select what is of value and will be transferred to his/her practice, within standards set by CMTBC.


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