FAQs

CMMOTA solely represents Massage Therapists and supports the standard of 2200 hours of formal education. There are no entry to practice or equivalency exams to be written when becoming a member. Our fees are affordable as we operate with low overhead costs. We are a nation wide association and our members have the freedom to practice anywhere in Canada. We currently have members practicing in AB, SK, BC, ON, QB, MB, and YK. Although, when practicing in regulated provinces, CMMOTA members are required to adhere to that province’s massage therapy legislation.
We are open regular business hours to answer your email and phone questions as quickly as possible. Our diligent staff prides themselves in our record application processing time of 45 minutes.

A Student member is someone who is currently enrolled in their first year. An Associate member is someone who has completed first year and is continuing their education to obtain a minimum of a 2200 hour diploma. A Full member has completed a 2200 hour program AND submitted all necessary documentation to the RMTA proving so.

Membership renewal fees due by October 31. The insurance fees to Dusyk & Barlow is due by December 31.

You can refer to the “Credit Guidelines” on the website, fill out a Continuing Competency Course Evaluation Request and submit it, or send a website link by email as the course you are interested in may have been previously approved. If the course has not been approved, we will direct you to the Evaluation Request Form.

After submission and evaluation of a continuing education certificate, the appropriate CECs will be updated on your Member Profile.

The current 3 year period is from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. This period is the same for all members. The submission deadline for continuing education credits and attendance at an annual general meeting (AGM) is January 15, 2022. All members are responsible for maintaining credits and for submitting proof of same within the required timeline. The courses must have been taken within the current submission cycle. For example courses taken in the year 2019 or prior would not count for credits. The required CE credits are prorated depending on your effective date for becoming a Full member:

Membership Effective Date Credits Required Attend at least 1 AGM by Dec 31/15
Prior to January 1, 2019 25 Required
January 1/19- December 31/21 25 Required
January 1/20- December 31/20 17 Required
January 1/21- March 31/21 9 Not Required
April 1/21- December 31/21 6 Not Required

By logging in to your Member Profile and editing your information. There are fields that you will not be able to access that only the CMMOTA can see. Be sure to click “Save” when you are done. The modalities that you specialize in are only reflected if you have sent in a certificate of completion for the corresponding course.

The AGM is a meeting place where members can come and network, meet the board members including the President, and have their voice heard. The general discussions revolve around any changes to policy or bylaws within the association, and the projection of where the RMTA is headed. Do not forget that it is mandatory to attend at least one meeting every three year cycle. You will receive 3 credits per meeting that you attend. Failure to attend one AGM every 3 year cycle will result in a $250 fee.

No, it will not have any affect or hindrance on the move towards Massage Therapy Regulation in the province of Alberta or elsewhere. This is because it is its own profession.
As an organization we remain invested in the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapy of Alberta. As a board we strongly believe that together with the other associations in the province we will be able to see regulation achieved and continue to work towards that end.

An Osteopath in Canada refers to a Medical Doctor that has specialized his training in Osteopath Therapy. There are currently no schools in Canada that provide this specialized training, and there are currently between 20-30 Osteopaths nation wide. In Canada the terms “Osteopath”, and “Osteopathic Physician” are both protected titles under the College of Physicians and Surgeons in most, if not all provinces.
Manual Osteopathic Therapists or Osteopathic Manual Therapists (the terms are interchangeable) are non-physicians who have been trained in a specialized school of Osteopathy. According to the World Health Organization there are 2 different types of Manual Osteopathic Therapists. The first training program – which is referred to as type 1 – is “aimed at those with little or no prior health-care training, but who have completed high school education or equivalent. These programs typically are four-year, full time programs. Supervised clinical training at an appropriate osteopathic clinical facility is an essential component, and students may be required to complete a thesis or a project.” (World Health Organization, Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy, 2010. P7.) A typical type 1 program would take 4200 hours, including at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice and training. The second training program – which is referred to as type 2 – is “aimed at those with prior training as health-care professionals. Type 2 programs have the same aims and content as the Type 1 programs, but the course content and length may be modified depending on the prior experience and training of individual applicants.” (World Health Organization, Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy, 2010., P7.) This program is typically around 1000 hours in length and is adapted depending on the individuals prior training and knowledge.

The primary difference is in the type of benchmark that the programs are trying to attain. Most of the 4 to 5 years schools have been started by Manual Osteopathic Therapists that have been trained and emigrated from Europe, Australia or Asian countries where the training is 4 to 5 years. In Canada, Massage Therapists go through rigorous training in Anatomy, and Physiology, whereas most other places in the world, and even in the United States, the requirements for Massage Therapy training are much lower. It is with this preconceived idea that many of those school approach the requirement to have a 4 to 5-year program, as such based on a Type 1 WHO model. Those schools who have a condensed model are the ones who require that the individual taking Manual Osteopathic Therapy have prior experience in the health-care industry(ies) and take the approach of the Type 2 WHO model.

The benchmark for Manual Osteopathic Therapists has already been set by The World Health Organization.
In specific regard to our organization’s acceptance of Manual Osteopathic Therapists we would be looking at the requirements laid out for a WHO Type 2 Osteopathic Therapist, which is 1000 hours of instruction at an approved school.

In 2006 the ARMTS, RMTA and MTAA submitted the “Application for Regulation of Massage Therapy Under The Alberta Health Professions Act, October 2006.” Early in 2009, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Mr. Liepert, advised the MTAA, RMTA and the NHPC that the Ministry is prepared to recommend to Cabinet that the Health Professions Act be amended to include Massage Therapy as a regulated profession. Correspondence was issued that outlined that the Ministry was not prepared to recommend a multi-category entry to practice model but that the model for Massage Therapy regulation in Alberta is to be a single category model and that education programs be a minimum of 2,200 hours. He further requested the formation of the Transitional Steering Committee (TSC).

Under the HPA, health professions are organized into regulatory bodies called “colleges.” These colleges are delegated powers and authorities for self-governance. Regulatory colleges are not post-secondary institutions.

The HPA requires that colleges carry out governance responsibilities in a manner that protects and serves the public interest. Health profession colleges do this by:

· Setting entry requirements (including required education, practical training, and examinations);

· Identifying services provided by regulated members, setting standards for professional practice;

· Setting continuing competency requirements; and

· Investigating complaints about regulated members and imposing disciplinary actions if required.

Regulatory colleges are not professional associations. Professional associations usually operate to represent the interests of their members and to advance the profession.

Since the last weeks of 2017 and early 2018 the workload of the TC-CMTA has increased based on the potential that the Health Professions Act would be on the Government’s Agenda for the within the next 6-18 months. In order to prepare for that possibility, the Transitional Council has been working on all of the required foundational pieces to prepare for a future regulatory College.
Council Updates
With the added responsibilities of the Council, the number of representatives on Council has also increased. Please join us in welcoming new Council representatives Christy Kasur, Mike Horne, Heather Goddard and Susan Lewis-Waye, who were elected at the 2018 AGM, Kathy Watson who was appointed in the Spring of 2018 and Melanie Hayden, and Meagan Dick, who were appointed in the Fall of 2018. Kim Moore, Pamela Bernard, Kelly Sloan and Janet Mwamburi have all stepped down from the Council over the last several months. We extend our sincere gratitude to the former Council members for their commitment and hard work in establishing the TC-CMTA and moving regulation of the profession forward in Alberta.
The current Council members are:
Susan Waye – President
Christy Kasur – Vice-President
Heather Kew – Secretary
Christy Pritchard – Treasurer
Meagan Dick – Council Member
Heather Goddard – Council Member
Kathy Watson – Council Member
Melanie Hayden – Council Member
Mike Horne – Council Member
Documents to the Government
During the Spring months, the TC-CMTA had been preparing a number of documents required by the Health Professions Policy & Partnerships Unit as part of the regulation preparation process. These documents accompany the draft Schedule that is sent out to government stakeholders for consultation purposes, which is a requirement in order for Massage Therapy to be considered for inclusion in the Health Professions Act. These documents include:
Schedule – The Schedule is the formal outline for the profession that ultimately is included into the Health Professions Act legislation. This document outlines the name of the future Regulatory Body, the Restricted Titles that will be in place, the Scope of Practice for the profession, and the manner in which existing practitioners will be transitioned into the future regulatory body.
Code of Ethics – The Code of Ethics outlines the core ethical principles for Registered Massage Therapists: Respect for Persons and Justice, Beneficence, Non-Maleficence and Accountability. The Code of Ethics is articulated in the form of guiding ethical principles,
general statements of application and standards of application that specify the behaviors and attitudes that are required of all Massage Therapists as regulated healthcare professionals.
Standards of Practice – The Standards of Practice are based on the Inter jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry to Practice in addition to considering the tasks regularly undertaken by Massage Therapists in the course of professional practice. Through the development and use of these Standards, a Massage Therapist has the opportunity to display their commitment to
serving their patients and promoting the highest possible quality of Massage Therapy treatment in a safe, competent and ethical manner.
Now that the required documentation has been submitted through to the government for review and consultation, the TC-CMTA is able to move its focus to setting the core foundational governing aspects required for operations of the future College. This includes, but is not limited
to, establishing the governance model and associated policies as well as the operational policies that will be required.

New Council Members
We welcomed new members to the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA) in 2019 and congratulate those, who continue to represent 7,000 Massage Therapists practicing in Alberta.
The council has nine representatives, three from each funding partner:
Christy Kasur (NHPC) – President
Jessica Villeneuve (MTAA) – Vice-President
Meagan Dick (RMTA) – Secretary
Melanie Hayden (NHPC) – Treasurer
Heather Goddard (RMTA) – Director
Gina Hendrickson (MTAA) – Director
Kathy Watson (NHPC) – Director
Denise Clark (MTAA) – Director
Jeremy Sayer (RMTA) – Director
A New Minister of Health Since the provincial election we now have a new government and new Minister of Health to work with. Tyler Shandro who was elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly on April 16, 2019 has since been sworn in to Premier Jason Kenny’s Cabinet as Health Minister. The TC-CMTA will be asking for a face to face meeting with Minister Shandro. Our goal is to have his support for the work that has been done so far and ask him to bring forward legislation to include Massage Therapists in the Alberta Health Professions Act (HPA) in the fall 2019. Transitioning Qualification
Amending the Alberta HPA will precede the shifting of power from the transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists to the Government appointed Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta. There will be a lot more information going forward regarding how the transition will proceed once we’re ready. According to the Application presented to the Government of Alberta in 2016 members will transition into the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta provided that they can demonstrate their competency qualifications in one of the following ways:
a) They have completed Massage Therapists Association of Alberta’s Substantial Equivalency process, or
b) They have completed the Natural Health Practitioners Association’s Competency Equivalency Exam, or
c) They have graduated from an approved 2200 hour or two year program, or
d) They have successfully completed a Prior Learning Assessment Review by insurance
companies or a member of the coalition, or
e) They have completed an entry to practice examination. Transition Planning The TC-CMTA will be preparing for the day when the legislation comes into effect to be sure there are well laid out plans for transferring member information into the College’s hands. Updates will be posted on our website and shared with member associations as they become relevant.

The Student membership (currently attending the first year of your 2 year massage therapy program) is complimentary; however, if you require insurance to perform your practicum, the insurance fee is $100.

Once you have completed first year the CMMOTA requires the following documents on file:

1. Certificate
2. First year transcripts

You have 60 days from your last day of classes to submit the documents.

As an Associate member, Chambers of Commerce, Empire Life, Industrial Alliance and any of the smaller insurance companies will most likely cover you, however we can not guarantee this as they can change their requirements at any time. With Telus Health, your clients can submit claims, however you are not able to direct bill, you will not have any online billing privileges until you have completed your diploma program. Blue Cross, Greenshield, Manulife, Great West Life, Equitable and Sunlife have formally stated that they will not cover you until you have completely finished your second year of massage training. Make sure that you are letting your clients know this information.

Once you have graduated the CMMOTA requires the following documents on file:

1. Standard First Aid and Level C CPR
2. Diploma
3. Transcripts

You have 60 days from your last day of classes to submit the documents. Once these documents are received, you will be upgraded to having Full membership status. The insurance companies will be notified that you are now an eligible practitioner and you will have full billing rights.

It is recognized that some schools hold their convocation some months after your last day of classes. In these cases, your diploma and transcripts can temporarily be replaced by a completion letter from your school confirming that you did in fact attend and complete your second year. Once you have received your diploma and official transcripts, please forward them to the RMTA asap.

Membership & Insurance Fee Payment Schedule for Full
RMT & or MOT Memberships
Membership Type Membership Fees Insurance Fees Total
CMMOTA RMT (only) $250 $100 $350
CMMOTA MOT (only) $450 $375 $825
CMMOTA Dual RMT & MOT $600 $400 $1000

Standard First Aid and Level C CPR are the minimum requirements. More advanced courses are acceptable. It is highly recommended that you take these courses through Canadian Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance. Online and or live video conference courses are NOT acceptable, there must be an in person practical portion.

Contact the CMMOTA

Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association
#219, 3722 57 Ave
Red Deer, Alberta
Canada T4N 4R7

Phone:
Fax:
403-517-7675