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Regulators embark on review of RMT practice competencies and performance indicators

The Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC) has announced that work is underway to refine and revalidate the Inter-Jurisdictional Practice Competencies (PC) and Performance Indicators (PI).


February 10, 2015
By Massage Therapy Canada staff

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The PC – released in 2010 – defines the abilities required of massage
therapists at entry-to-practice. The PI – released in 2012 – establishes
related outcomes for massage therapy education programs and a blueprint
for registration examinations.

“As stakeholders have worked to integrate these standards into education
and examination processes, requests for clarification have come
forward,” FOMTRAC said in a statement.

FOMTRAC added that the newly formed Canadian Massage Therapy Council for
Accreditation (CMTCA) will be developing accreditation standards for
education programs, which need to relate to the PIs.

“FOMTRAC believes that clarity and currency of the PCs and PIs is
crucial to the continuing unified development of the massage therapy
profession across
Canada,” FOMTRAC said.

It will be the goal of the project to clarify any competencies and
indicators that stakeholders have found unclear or confusing, as well as
update and revalidate the competencies and indicators through an open,
consultative process, FOMTRAC said.

A project team has been established with representatives appointed by
the regulatory bodies in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland
& Labrador and Ontario. Work on the project began in October 2014
and will continue through to April 2016, led by a consultant in the
development of competency-based standards.

Updated PCs have been developed in draft form; RMTs in the regulated
provinces will be consulted about them in an online survey scheduled for
April 2015.

In early 2016 schools and examination officials will be consulted about changes to
The PIs.

In the interim, stakeholders wishing further information about the
project can contact the project consultant at
massagecompetencyproject@telus.net.


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