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CMTBC Online Courses

CMTBC’s online courses provide instruction on practice standards, legislation, the Code of Ethics, and other requirements specific to RMT practice. The courses support RMTs’ ability to make decisions that align with practice standards, ethics, and other regulatory requirements. CMTBC’s online courses interpret professional requirements in the context of familiar practice scenarios and examples.

CMTBC online course requirement for 2022: Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course

A new CMTBC-authored course called Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice must be completed by all RMTs, both practising and non-practising, registered before November 1, 2022, as a registration renewal requirement for 2023.

Documentation requirements from the newly enacted practice standards, Schedule ‘E’ of the Bylaws, the Code of Ethics, and the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) are explored in detail in the course through many examples drawn from clinical practice. RMTs must complete the course by October 31, 2022.

Please read important information about CMTBC online courses displayed on this page and contained within accordion boxes. Click on the bold text in each box below to read further information.

Who must take the course?

All RMTs are required to complete the Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course. RMTs can enroll in the course via the Registrant Portal; additional details are provided below.

What device and browser should I use to complete the course?

Information below about the recommended devices and browser for online course completion reflects what CMTBC has learned from RMTs’ experience with College-authored online courses. The learning management system used by CMTBC, Brightspace, is available on electronic devices with web access; however, there are optimal ways to complete the courses. The following advice is not designed to limit your options but to optimize the learning experience and enable you to get the most out of your investment in CMTBC’s online courses.

Delivering curriculum online is a choice made by CMTBC’s Quality Assurance Committee and Board of Directors to meet RMTs’ learning needs, and to ensure RMTs understand the practice standards and other regulatory requirements. Thank you for following these recommendations to have the best possible learning environment.

Although the course is accessible on all electronic devices with browsers, the curriculum includes many images and interactive elements that need a laptop or desktop computer to function properly and are not visible on smartphones (and some tablets). The curriculum can be viewed and completed on most devices, but additional learning tools – the full learning experience supported by images and interactive elements – are only available on desktop and laptop computers.

Smartphones

  • Smartphones are not advised for course completion.
  • Not all of the curriculum content (images and interactive elements) will upload on mobile devices. The curriculum appears static and text-based on a smartphone. Please use a desktop or laptop computer.

Tablets

  • For tablet-only users: current tablets with the latest operating system support the Brightspace learning system, but this choice is not optimal.
  • Desktop or laptop computers are significantly better and provide an enriched learning environment.
  • Do not plan to complete the final exam (Module 6) on a tablet. Although it’s possible to do so, some prompts and information are missing/not visible on a tablet.

RMTs who do not have a desktop or laptop computer should arrange to complete the course on a computer in a public facility, a shared workspace, or elsewhere in their community.

  • Google Chrome is the best browser for using CMTBC’s learning management system, Brightspace.
  • In CMTBC’s experience with previous online courses, RMTs who had technical difficulties said the problems ended when they switched to Chrome. Therefore, we recommend you use Google Chrome.
  • Please ensure that your browser is up to date.

Apple/Mac users

If you have Safari as your default browser, it is recommended that you download Google Chrome for trouble-free access to complete the online course.  

Please ensure the operating system (OS) of your device is updated. If you are having trouble upgrading to the latest version, it may be that your device is relatively old and can’t be updated to the latest version of the OS. In that case, your browser will likely also be out of date. For that reason, you will not be able to update your browser. Please switch to a different device to avoid any technical errors.

Accommodations for RMTs with a disability

The Brightspace learning platform has built-in accommodations for learners with disabilities. The end-of-module quizzes and the final exam for the course have a time limit in which learners must complete the tasks.

RMTs with disabilities who require additional time are asked to contact [email protected] to ask for accommodations. CMTBC will accommodate learners with verifiable documentation of any disability recognized under BC’s Human Rights Code

Please note that CMTBC does not provide a paper version of the online course; the course must be completed online.

What is the deadline for completion of the Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course?

The Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course must be completed by October 31, 2022.

Completion of the Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course is required as part of CMTBC’s redesigned Quality Assurance program; therefore, no continuing education credits will be awarded to registrants for completion of this course. The course is not a Cycle 13 requirement, it is a 2023 registration renewal requirement.  

The new online course has been launched as part of the changes to CMTBC’s Quality Assurance program. For more information on upcoming changes to the program, see Quality Assurance Program 2023 and beyond.

How to enroll in and complete the Documentation in Massage Therapy course

Enroll via the Registrant Portal in 3 easy steps:

Make sure you are able to invest sufficient time over eight weeks to complete the six-module course.

  • Enrollment starts the clock – once you register and pay for the course in the Registrant Portal, the eight weeks begin.
  • Choose a time to enroll when you will be able to complete the course in the following eight weeks, allowing time for reflection on the course material.
  • It is your professional obligation to comply with all documentation requirements found in the practice standards, Schedule ‘E” of the Bylaws, the Code of Ethics, and the requirements of PIPA as they apply to you. The goal of the course is to ensure you understand these requirements and can apply them in your RMT practice.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates that you understand the documentation requirements and can apply them to your practice.  
  • Log in to CMTBC’s Registrant Portal to access course enrollment.
  • Select “CMTBC Online Courses” in the left-hand menu of your dashboard.
  • Select from the drop-down menu: “REQUIRED – Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice-2022”.
  • Payment by credit card in the Registrant Portal results in immediate enrollment in the course.
  • CMTBC-authored courses are $100 each, as per the College Bylaws’ fee schedule.
  • Note that payment triggers enrollment. The eight-week availability begins upon enrollment in the course.

CMTBC Learning Centre

  • If you are ready to begin the course and you’re in the Registrant Portal, follow the instructions in the Portal to go directly to CMTBC’s Learning Centre.
  • If you wish to begin the course later, log out of the Registrant Portal and log in to the Learning Centre when you’re ready. Remember, the clock is ticking on the eight weeks availability.
  • If you’ve lost the link after you enroll in the course, you can access the Learning Centre via CMTBC’s website:
    • On a desktop or laptop computer, click “Learning Centre” near the upper righthand corner of the screen.
  • Your username for your Learning Centre account is your RMT number in the format “RMT-00XXXX” or “RMT-0XXXXX”, where “RMT” is in upper case, “0” is a numerical zero, and “XXXX” or “XXXXX” will be replaced with your four-digit or five-digit CMTBC registration number.
  • If you do not remember your password, you can reset it by clicking on the “Forgot your password?” link on the Learning Centre login page.
  • Find the “My Courses” section.
  • Click on “Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice-2022”.
  • Read the instructions carefully and follow the steps for successful completion of the course.

Completing the Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course

  • Make a note in your calendar for when the eight weeks expire – don’t be surprised when the time runs out.
  • Give yourself time to review Modules 1-5 before you complete the final exam in Module 6. 
  • Read everything.
  • Check junk mail for emails from CMTBC’s Learning Centre ([email protected]), and from the Brightspace learning management system ([email protected] and/or [email protected]). If you’re expecting a course-related email and don’t see it in your inbox, it may be in your junk mail folder. Change your settings so your devices recognize these addresses are not spam.
  • Click on all interactive elements. There is curriculum embedded within each interactive element. Often, one click reveals material that leads to “learn more” elements.
  • “Back” and “Forward” arrows are located at the top and bottom of each webpage inside the course.
  • Review the “Learning Objectives” at the beginning of each module. The end-of-module quiz addresses the learning objectives to ensure you’ve met them.
  • Take your time.
  • Reflect on how the content relates to your practice.
  • Are you meeting the requirements addressed in the course curriculum in your RMT practice? Engage in the interactive elements to reflect on your practice and your decision-making processes.
  • Complete the course over multiple sittings, not one or two condensed sittings. You’re responsible for absorbing the material; it’s not a hoop to jump through but an opportunity to reflect on patient care.
  • Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion for your records.
  • Follow the steps below to download your course completion certificate:
    • Go to your Brightspace homepage
    • Click the “Awards” link in the top bar menu
    • In “My Awards”, click the “Completion Certificate” link
    • Click “Generate Certificate” to download your certificate and save a copy of the certificate on your device.

The certificate of course completion is for your records only. You are not required to upload it to the CMTBC Registrant Portal.

References and additional resources used in the Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course

Module 6, final exam

The final exam is based on primary resources that RMTs can refer to for guidance:

Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard of Practice course

This course, launched in 2021, provides essential information on the Code of Ethics and the CMTBC Practice Environment Standard of Practice.

CMTBC’s Code of Ethics and Practice Environment learning objectives are:

  • To understand the Code of Ethics and use it as a guide in making consistently professional decisions as an RMT
  • To ensure that your RMT practice is in compliance with the requirements outlined in the Practice Environment Standard of Practice.

RMTs have eight weeks to complete the course and final exam from the day of payment. Payment of the $100 course fee occurs in the Registrant Portal.

Essential information about taking the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment course

Information listed above under CMTBC online course requirement for 2022: Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course, on what are the best devices and browser to use, accommodations for RMTs with a disability, how to enroll, your account in CMTBC’s Learning Centre, and tips for successfully completing the course, also applies to the Code of Ethics and Practice Environment course. Please read this essential information.

References and additional resources used in the Code of Ethics and Practice Environment course

The final exam is based on primary resources that RMTs can refer to for practice guidance:

While additional resources are introduced in modules 1-5 of the course, outlined below, the final exam assesses RMTs’ knowledge of the practice environment standard, and the Code of Ethics.

Boundaries Standard of Practice & Consent Standard of Practice course

This course, launched in 2020, provides essential information on the CMTBC Boundaries Standard of Practice and Consent Standard of Practice.

CMTBC’s Boundaries and Consent online course teaches you how to maintain professional boundaries in your massage therapy practice and how to obtain informed consent from your patients.

The learning objective is to provide you with working knowledge of CMTBC’s Boundaries Standard of Practice (Modules 1-4) and the Consent Standard of Practice (Modules 5-8), so you can make consistently good clinical decisions using some of the most important “non-technical” skills of your massage therapy practice.

RMTs have eight weeks to complete the course and final exam from the day of payment. Payment of the $100 course fee occurs in the Registrant Portal.

Information listed above under CMTBC online course requirement for 2022: Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course, on what are the best devices and browser to use, accommodations for RMTs with a disability, how to enroll, your account in CMTBC’s Learning Centre, and tips for successfully completing the course, also applies to the Boundaries and Consent course. Please read this essential information.

References and additional resources for the Boundaries & Consent course

The final exam is based on primary resources that RMTs can refer to for practice guidance:

While additional resources are introduced in modules 1-7 of the course, outlined below, the final exam assesses RMTs’ knowledge of the boundaries and consent standards, and the Code of Ethics.

  • Cooper, N., Frain, A., and Frain, J., editors (2018), ABC of Clinical Professionalism, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Fitch, P., Talking body listening hands: A guide to professionalism, communication and the therapeutic relationship, (2015), Pearson Education, Inc.
  • Flin, R., O’Connor, P., Crichton, M. (2008) Safety at the sharp end, A guide to non-technical skills. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.
  • Federation of Massage Therapy Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FOMTRAC), 2016, Inter-jurisdictional practice competencies and performance indicators for massage therapists at entry-to-practice, CMTBC, CMTNB, CMTNL, CMTO.

Social Media Awareness for Massage Therapists course

This course, launched in 2016, provides RMTs with the opportunity to reflect on their use of social media and related professional behaviours as a means of confirming that you meet the expectations for RMTs in BC. These expectations include complying with CMTBC’s standards of practice and related legislation, and upholding key principles when you use social media. Risk-management strategies must also be in place.

Course curriculum addresses considerations specifically for health professionals, e.g., protecting patient confidentiality, maintaining professional boundaries, and considerations for RMTs who use social media to advertise their professional health services. Course content is adapted from an online course created by health regulatory bodies in Ontario.

RMTs have four weeks to complete the course and final exam from the day of payment. Payment of the $100 course fee occurs in the Registrant Portal.

Essential information about taking the Social Media Awareness for Massage Therapists course

Information listed above under CMTBC online course requirement for 2022: Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course, on what are the best devices and browser to use, accommodations for RMTs with a disability, how to enroll, your account in CMTBC’s Learning Centre, and tips for successfully completing the course, also applies to the Social Media Awareness for Massage Therapists course. Please read this essential information.

References and additional resources for the Social Media Awareness course

Health Care Records: Standard for Patient Records and Privacy Legislation course

This course, launched in 2016, consists of two modules that cover the principles of record keeping, and considerations related to privacy and security of patients’ health care records.

While the course is available to RMTs to take toward Cycle 13 continuing education credits, CMTBC recommends that RMTs instead complete the new Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course, which includes current information on documentation requirements found in the newly enacted standards of practice and recently revised Code of Ethics.

Please note, however, that Cycle 13 continuing education credits will not be awarded for completion of the Documentation in Massage Therapy Practice course. The course is a requirement for registration renewal in 2023 for all RMTs, practising and non-practising, registered before November 1, 2022.

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