June 15, 2020
Late last year CMMOTA began the process of verifying documents and certificates provided to us by members for authenticity, as part of our due process. This came about because as an Association we became aware of some documents that had been altered or falsified. Unfortunately, the incidence of fraudulent activity in our society has been steadily increasing, and we have reached a point where we feel the need to address this with the membership.
The Board of Directors wants to make it very clear that CMMOTA takes fraud very seriously in every instance. As professionals we need to act in such a way that brings honesty and integrity to our profession. Every document which is submitted to CMMOTA will be checked for both its validity and its authenticity. This includes Criminal and Vulnerable Sector Checks, CEC Certificates, Massage Graduation Certificates from post secondary institutions, First Aid and Standard Level C CPR Certificates, etc. If in the process of verifying a document we find the submission to be in question, an investigation into the matter will be conducted. If it is discovered that a member did knowingly submit a fraudulent or altered document the member in question shall have their membership cancelled immediately with no option for reinstatement in accordance with CMMOTA Bylaw 4.7.2., 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.
We encourage our members to report any member who they suspect may have submitted a fraudulent document to CMMOTA.
Standard First Aid and CPR Recertifications
We know that as a result of COVID 19, some courses being offered for Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR are slowly starting to open back up. If your certification has expired or is due to expire over the next three months, and you deem it safe to do so, please inquire with your local training center as to the next available class. Our Association is willing to work with our members to ensure that you will have a reasonable amount of time to fulfill this certification requirement once things completely return to normal and the current health crisis has passed. In the meantime, we do want all members to be aware that you may receive communication regarding upcoming expiring certification in Standard First and Level C CPR. These messages are auto generated. Please know that if you have communicated with us about your expired or expiring certification you may disregard these messages.
Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks
We know that as a result of COVID 19, many RCMP and other Police detachments have closed their front counter services, which is making it very difficult to obtain the Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks required. If you have a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check that is due, or is past due, or is coming due in the next three months, please check with your local detachment to see if they are open and inquire when would be a safe time for you to complete this once they are open again. Our Association is willing to work with our members to ensure that you will have a reasonable amount of time to fulfil this requirement once things return to normal and the current health crisis has passed. In the meantime, we do want all members to be aware that you may receive communication regarding upcoming expiring Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks. These messages are auto generated. Please know that if you have communicated with us about your expired or expiring Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Checks you may disregard these messages.
Changes to Continuing Education Credits for Online Learning
The Board of Directors in responding to the changing times have implemented the following changes to the Continuing Education Credits until September 1, 2020:
· Approved online courses will be eligible for 1 CEC for 2 hrs of training, to a maximum of 6 CEC per course.
· Online courses may account for a maximum of 12 CEC for this CEC Cycle which ends December 31, 2021.
A reminder is given that online courses cannot be used as proof of education when it comes to granting a modality for insurance coverage. All modalities must have proof of education that includes hands on training.
Until Next Time – stay healthy!
The CMMOTA Team