MTAA moves to make membership “more accessible”

Massage Therapy Canada staff
June 17, 2014
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) board of directors has approved certain changes to the association’s active membership eligibility requirements, which essentially allows therapists to become a member of the association even before successful completion of the Entry to Practice Examination.
“The MTAA will be integrating the principles of the examination process into the professional development program as a valuable assessment tool for members,” the MTAA announced in a statement.

 “We believe that facilitated learning opportunities will assist MTAA members – and the entire profession – in enhancing their professional skills in relation to the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry to Practice as well as the MTAA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.”

The move was an offshoot of a province-wide consultation by the MTAA to provide massage therapists in Alberta with “clear, accurate and positive information about regulation of massage therapy.”

“As a result of this initiative, a very unique opportunity arose to consult with the profession at large with respect to concerns surrounding eligibility for registration with a future massage therapy regulatory college in Alberta.”

“One theme that frequently came forward during these sessions was concern of acceptance for the completion of an Entry to Practice Examination without well-defined guidelines from the yet to be drafted registration requirements of the future regulatory body.”

The massage therapy profession in Alberta has been actively pursuing regulation for several years. MTAA is one of four professional associations in Alberta for massage therapy practitioners, and has been in existence for more than 61 years.

“In our unique and diverse Alberta environment, this change allows for the inclusivity of the entire profession and means that MTAA membership is accessible broadly. In making this change, the MTAA hopes to bridge the split that has formed within the profession and encourage all massage therapists to speak with a unified voice,” the MTAA said.

For more information about the revised MTAA membership eligibility, visit the MTAA website.

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