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OCCURANCE BASED INSURANCE – Not all professional liability insurance is created equally. Reading the following information may be the most important thing that you read this year – what kind of insurance do you have if you’re not with CMMOTA??
A Massage Therapy Student member is someone who is currently enrolled in their first year or second year.
An Massage Therapy 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 Massage Therapist, Spa Therapist, or Registered Massage Therapist member has completed a 2200 hour program AND submitted all necessary documentation to the CMMOTA required to obtain and maintain their membership with the Association.
Membership renewal fees due by December 31.
The insurance fees to Dusyk & Barlow are 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 to email@example.com as the course you are interested in may have been previously approved. If the course has not been approved, we may ask for additional information in order to evaluate it.
The last 3 year period was 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) for the last cycle is January 15, 2022. All members are responsible for completing 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 2018 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 31/2021|
|Prior to January 1, 2019||25||Required|
|January 1/19- December 31/19||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|
The current 3 year period is from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024. 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, 2025. All members are responsible for completing 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 2021 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, 2022||30||Required|
|January 1/22- December 31/22||30||Required|
|January 1/23- December 31/23||20||Required|
|January 1/24- March 31/24||10||Not Required|
|April 1/24- December 31/24||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 Association is headed. Do not forget that it is mandatory to attend at least one meeting every three year cycle. You will receive 4 credits per meeting that you attend. Failure to attend one AGM every 3 year cycle, if required under your membership class/type will result in a AGM-Fee-In Lieu, in accordance with the CMMOTA Fee Schedule, which must be paid prior to membership renewal the following year.
In accordance with CMMOTA Bylaws, and CMMOTA Policy, only Members, and special guests invited by motion of the Board of Directors may attend.
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. Our board strongly believes that by working together with the other associations in each province we will be able to see regulation achieved and as an Association we 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 and territories.
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 September of 2020, a revised application for the regulation of Massage Therapy in the Province of Alberta was submitted to the government of Alberta by the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA).
The Minister of Health responded to that proposal, asking for additional information and revisions.
Currently the TC-CMTA together with the Canadian Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA), the Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA), the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) and the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association (NHPC) have formed the Working Group for the Regulation of Massage Therapy in Alberta. This group, chaired by the president of the TC-CMTA, and with equal representation from the four associations, is currently working on the revisions to the application that have been requested by the Alberta Minister of Health. As their work progresses, they provide updates through Joint Statements to the members of the four Associations.
Under provincial legislation (in Alberta 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.
Provincial legislation 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.
CMMOTA remains committed to seeing each Province and Territory not currently under regulation for the profession of Massage Therapy, to come under provincial regulation, and see a Regulatory College for Massage Therapy established.
In each province we are working with willing partners to see this accomplished, and as the work progresses, we will continue to provide updates to our membership in those provinces.
PLEASE NOTE AUTOMATIC Membership Renewal Disabled – We want to make all members aware that the pay and automatic membership renewal on your CMMOTA membership profile is disabled, and that entering your information into that portion of the app will not result in payment of your membership renewal fees.
There are several ways that you can pay your annual Membership Renewal Fees. Here are your options:
How many CEC’s do YOU have? You can find that information on your Membership Profile Portal on the CMMOTA website. If you log into your profile, you can search through to find out how many credits you currently have and how many you will need by the end of the cycle.
To see your CEC’s, you will want to click on CEC’s in your profile. This will show you a breakdown of your credits. In the grey box on the left, under RMT Credits (or MOT Credits), you will see our current CEC Cycle. This information is useful in knowing when our current cycle ends (and ultimately, when our next CEC Cycle would begin). The grey box in the middle will show you if you have any pending credits. (For example; you have submitted a certificate of completion which we have not yet approved and added to your profile.)
The grey box on the right-hand side shows you how many credits you currently have as well as many are required. With this information, you will be able to know how many credits you still need to obtain by the end of this cycle.
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 $108 (plus GST if applicable).
To upgrade your membership from Student to Associate you are required to have completed first year of your education from an approved massage therapy program. In order to upgrade your membership, the CMMOTA requires the following documents on file:
As an Associate member, Chambers of Commerce, Empire Life, Industrial Alliance and any of the smaller insurance companies may cover treatments provided by 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.
As a Associate Massage Therapist it is your responsibility to let your clients know this information prior to providing treatment.
Once you have graduated the CMMOTA requires the following documents on file:
1. Standard First Aid and Level C CPR
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 CMMOTA asap.
Please visit the CMMOTA Fee Schedule to find our current fees
Standard First Aid and Level C CPR are the minimum requirements. More advanced courses are acceptable, however the member needs to be aware that some advanced courses have a shorter certificate expiry date, and may require more frequent re-certification. It is highly recommended that you take these courses through Canadian Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance. Courses delivered solely online and/or via live video conference courses are NOT acceptable. Acceptable courses must include an in person practical portion.