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CMTO proposes fee increase for MCQ portion of exam

July 8, Toronto — The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario is proposing an increase to the fees charged for the multiple choice (MCQ) portion of the certification exam.

July 8, 2013  By Massage Therapy Canada

Due to the need for additional security measures, including the establishment of a testing centre in Toronto to protect the integrity of the MCQ, the expenses relating to the administration of the MCQ now exceed the revenue received through the MCQ fees. As a result, the council is proposing to amend By-Law No. 7 – Fees for Registration, Examination and Other Activities of the College.

The council has always taken the position that the certification examinations should operate on a cost-recovery basis and should not be subsidized by current registrants of the College.

The amendment proposes to increase the MCQ fee for the first time since 2005. The proposed increase will raise the fee from $250 to $500.

The OSCE fee is not affected by this proposal and will remain at $700.


The College is now running a survey regarding the increase. All responses received will be tabulated and presented to the council for its consideration at its meeting on Sept. 16. If approved, the amendment will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, and will not apply to candidates who are scheduled to take the MCQ in 2013.

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