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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 RMTs’ practice. The courses provide essential information to help RMTs 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 2021: Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard course

A new CMTBC-authored course called Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard must be completed by all RMTs in 2021, as a registration renewal requirement for 2022. The College’s recently revised Code of Ethics and the new Practice Environment Standard of Practice are explored in detail in the course through many examples drawn from clinical practice. RMTs must complete the course by October 31, 2021.

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

Who must take the course?

All RMTs are required to complete the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard 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.

Apple/Mac users

If you have Firefox or Safari as your default browser, please 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. 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.

Is the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard course a Cycle 13 requirement, and what is the deadline for course completion?

Completion of the course is a requirement in 2021, in preparation for 2022 registration renewal. RMTs will receive 10 credits toward the total credits required for Cycle 13 (total of 24 CECs required for most RMTs, 14 CECs for new RMTs). However, unlike Cycle 13 requirements that must be completed by October 31, 2022, the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard online course must be completed by October 31, 2021. Course completion by this date is a requirement for 2022 registration renewal.

The newly revised Code of Ethics (which includes information about sexual misconduct, terminating the therapeutic relationship, and other issues that impact the profession and the public) and the new practice environment standard support both the public and RMTs. For this reason, completion of the course is set as a short-term requirement, and all RMTs are subject to the requirement, as per CMTBC’s Bylaws.

Successful completion of the course demonstrates RMTs’ professionalism, commitment, and knowledge of the Code of Ethics and the Practice Environment standard.

How to enroll in and complete the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard 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 enroll, 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 the practice standards and the Code of Ethics. The goal of the course is to ensure you understand these requirements and apply them in your practice.
  • Course completion demonstrates that you understand the requirements set out in the Code of Ethics and the Practice Environment Standard of Practice.
  • Log in to CMTBC’s Registrant Portal to access course enrollment.
  • Select “Continuing Education (CE) – Cycle 13” to open a drop-down menu.
  • Select “Register in CMTBC’s Online Courses”.
  • Select from the drop-down menu: “Code of Ethics/Practice Environment Standard”.
  • Payment by credit card in the Registrant Portal results in immediate enrollment in the course.
  • CMTBC-authored courses are $100 each, as per College Bylaws’ fee schedule.
  • Note that payment triggers enrollment. The eight-week availability begins upon enrollment in the course.

CMTBC Learning Centre

To access and complete CMTBC online courses, you need an account in the College’s Learning Centre. To set up your account (if you’re a new RMT), or use your existing account, do the following in CMTBC’s Learning Centre:

  • If you’ve previously taken a course in CMTBC’s Learning Centre, you already have an account in the CMTBC Learning Centre. Log in with that account to access the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard course after you’ve enrolled for the course via the Registrant Portal.
  • If this is your first time taking a CMTBC online course, after registering for the course, you will receive a welcome email from [email protected] advising you of your Learning Centre username and password. Check your junk mail and change the settings so your devices recognize this is not spam.
  • Your username is RMT-00XXXX, where “00” are numerical zeroes and “XXXX” will be your four-digit CMTBC registration number.
  • You can personalize the assigned password on the Learning Centre login page when you’re ready to do so.
  • 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.
  • Enter your username and password.
  • Forgot your password? Follow instructions on the login page and create a new password.  
  • Find the “My Courses” section.
  • Click on “Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard”.
  • Read the instructions carefully and follow the steps for successful completion of the course.

Completing the Code of Ethics & Practice Environment course

  • Make a note in your calendar/s 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 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, it may be caught 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 – keep going.
  • “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.

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

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 of Practice and the Code of Ethics.

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

Boundaries Standard of Practice & Consent Standard of Practice course

This course provides essential information on the CMTBC Boundaries Standard of Practice and Consent Standard of Practice. While the course is not required in Cycle 13, if you have not yet taken the course, CMTBC strongly recommends that you do so. You will receive CECs for completion of the Boundaries and Consent course in Cycle 13; check the Cycle 13 – Approved Continuing Education Activities list for more information.

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. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure that as a CMTBC registrant, you are fully aware of the standards of practice to which you are held accountable by the College. You are required to incorporate the knowledge and requirements of the practice standards into your professional practice as an RMT.

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 2021: Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard 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.

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. Each module contains case study scenarios, learning activities, opportunities for self-reflection, and resources to pursue a topic in more depth. The course information is directly relevant to RMTs’ practice; it provides information needed to help RMTs comply with CMTBC Bylaws, Schedule “E”, Standard for Patient Records.

This course does not replace an RMT’s professional obligation to read the relevant standards and legislation; instead, it reviews legislation, principles, and standards in the context of everyday practice, and offers examples and case-based scenarios to illustrate the application of these principles and standards to massage therapy services.

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand why you create and maintain patient records.
  2. Source appropriate legislation that relates to patient records.
  3. Describe key record keeping requirements for solo, shared, and multi-disciplinary practices.
  4. Understand and apply the requirements of applicable privacy legislation (such as the Personal Information Protection Act) in relation to collecting, using, disclosing, and protecting the security of patients’ personal information.
  5. Provide patients with access to information in their health care records.
  6. Maintain, retain, and dispose of a patient record according to the retention period established by the College.
  7. Transfer patient records.

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. The course can be completed in one extended sitting, or over a period of time within the four week window.

Successful completion of the final exam (minimum score of 9/12 multiple choice questions) is required for course credit.

Essential information about taking the Health Care Records course

Information listed above under CMTBC online course requirement for 2021: Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard 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 Health Care Records: Standard for Patient Records and Privacy Legislation course. Please read this essential information.

References and additional resources for the Health Care Records course

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.

Successful completion of the final exam (minimum score of 7/10 multiple choice questions) is required for course credit.

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. The course can be completed in one extended sitting, or over a period of time within the four week window.

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

Information listed above under CMTBC online course requirement for 2021: Code of Ethics & Practice Environment Standard 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

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