CMTBC will launch a redesigned Quality Assurance program in January 2024. CMTBC is moving away from its current model of Quality Assurance that consists primarily of requirements for completion of continuing education activities, to a redesigned program supported by best practices in regulation, current evidence on continuing competence, and guiding principles.
The new Quality Assurance program, which will allow CMTBC to meet its public protection mandate and provide for a meaningful and relevant process for all RMTs, includes the following core components:
Within the redesigned Quality Assurance program, RMTs will engage in a yearly cycle of practice development. This cycle is based on the core competencies of the profession. It will begin with completion of a self-assessment tool, followed by development of a learning plan, execution of registrant-directed learning activities, and reflection on the impact those activities have had on achieving learning plan goals set by the RMT. It will also include completion of a CMTBC-directed learning activity. Beginning in January 2024, RMTs will work toward completing the yearly cycle, as a registration requirement for 2025.
For more information, see the Practice Development page.
As part of its redesigned Quality Assurance program, CMTBC will introduce a practice hours requirement. Practice hours are one indicator of an RMT’s continued competence. Working a minimum level of practice hours, within a specified time period, demonstrates that an RMT has current practice knowledge. This in turn helps to build public trust in the RMT’s ability to provide safe, competent, and ethical treatment to patients.
To maintain Practising registration with CMTBC, RMTs will be required to make, during the registration renewal process, a declaration that they have obtained 500 practice hours within the previous three years, or that they have met the practice hours requirement through approved alternatives. Registrants will be asked to report their practice hours for the first time when completing registration renewal for 2026.
For more information, see the Practice Hours page.
Standard First Aid/CPR-C
In accordance with CMTBC’s Bylaws, RMTs must continue to maintain current certification in Standard First Aid (SFA)/CPR-C. RMTs with SFA/CPR-C certification that expires in 2023 are required to re-obtain valid certification to be in compliance with the Bylaws.
For more information, see the Standard First Aid & CPR-C page.
Quality Assurance advisory groups
In December 2022, CMTBC invited applications from RMTs to participate in a Quality Assurance Program Advisory Group. CMTBC sought participation from RMTs with different backgrounds and practice environments, to reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives of registrants regulated by the College. From the applicants, 30 RMTs were invited to participate in two separate advisory groups.
Members of each advisory group were provided information about the redesigned Quality Assurance program and changes to the program that would impact RMTs. Advisory group members engaged in meaningful discussion regarding the proposed changes and provided detailed feedback that will assist CMTBC in implementation of the redesigned Quality Assurance program.
Are there QA requirements in 2023?
In 2023, there are no requirements for RMTs to complete either a CMTBC-authored online course or self-directed courses for continuing education credits (CECs).
However, RMTs must maintain current certification in Standard First Aid (SFA)/CPR-C. Registrants are also encouraged to continue to engage in any professional development course or activity that will support their practice. RMTs are not required to report CECs or upload certificates of course completion in the Registrant Portal for courses taken in 2023.
CMTBC asks that all RMTs remain current with information provided by the College regarding the redesigned Quality Assurance program, which will be posted on the College’s website and sent out via email newsletters.