CMTBC is committed to ensuring that all RMTs are aware of and understand the upcoming changes to the Quality Assurance program. This FAQs page will be updated on a regular basis.
What are my Quality Assurance requirements for 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.
However, CMTBC asks that all RMTs remain current with information provided by the College regarding the redesigned Quality Assurance program. The new Quality Assurance program will launch in January 2024.
Can I take continuing education courses this year?
RMTs are encouraged to continue to engage in any professional development course or activity that will support their practice.
RMTs are individually responsible for ensuring that any modality or skills-based training they wish to complete is within the scope of practice for massage therapy in BC, if they plan to incorporate that learning into their practice.
Is there a Cycle 14 and do I need to report continuing education credits (CECs) to the College?
No, there is no Cycle 14.
The last Quality Assurance cycle was Cycle 13, which ran from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2022.
RMTs are not required to report CECs or upload certificates of course completion in the Registrant Portal for courses taken in 2023.
Will CMTBC review applications for approval of continuing education courses and instructors?
No, CMTBC will no longer be reviewing applications for approval of continuing education courses and/or instructors.
Do I need to take a Standard First Aid/CPR-C course in 2023?
In accordance with CMTBC’s Bylaws, RMTs must maintain current certification in Standard First Aid (SFA)/CPR-C. If an RMT’s SFA/CPR-C certification expires in 2023, they are required to re-obtain valid certification to be in compliance with the Bylaws.
SFA/CPR-C certification is a requirement for all RMTs who hold Practising status. For more information on SFA/CPR-C requirements, visit the Standard First Aid & CPR-C page.
If I complete a continuing education activity this year, can it be applied toward next year’s Quality Assurance requirement?
No. RMTs will select their registrant-directed learning activities for 2024 after completion of the self-assessment tool and development of their own individualized learning plan.
Starting in January 2024, RMTs will engage in a yearly cycle of practice development, beginning with completion of a self-assessment tool. Once an RMT has completed the self-assessment tool they will be able to use the summary self-assessment information to better identify opportunities for grow in their practice. This will support the RMT in creating a more specific and meaningful learning plan, and in the selection of relevant, practice-focused, and meaningful registrant-directed learning activities.
CMTBC is introducing a practice hours requirement. To maintain Practising registration with CMTBC, an RMT will be required to make, during the registration renewal process, a declaration that they have obtained 500 practice hours within the previous three (3) years, or that they have met the practice hours requirement through an approved alternative. Registrants will be asked to report their practice hours for the first time when completing registration renewal for 2026.
To learn about the Practice hours requirement, read the FAQs below and see the Practice Hours page.
When do RMTs have to make a declaration regarding practice hours?
The first time that RMTs will be asked to make a declaration regarding practice hours is when completing registration renewal for 2026. All RMTs who are maintaining their Practising status and those RMTs who are changing from Non-practising to Practising status will be required to make a declaration.
Is there a minimum number of practice hours required to be completed during each year of the preceding three-year period that will be reviewed for calculating practice hours?
No, there is no minimum number of practice hours that must be obtained each year. It is the accumulation of practice hours over the preceding three-year period that is reviewed. This is because it is not uncommon for RMTs to take time away from practice for up to a year.
What activities can be used toward practice hours?
Any work task that is required of an RMT to perform their professional activities can be counted toward practice hours.
RMTs must ensure all their practice hours are adequately documented.
Can administrative work at a clinic be counted toward my practice hours?
Practice hours are acquired when a Practising RMT performs professional activities that fall within the scope of practice of massage therapy, as defined by the Massage Therapists Regulation. Therefore, administrative work such as reception and operation of a business cannot be counted toward practice hours.
Scenario: I currently hold Practising status. Next year (2024) I will be taking a year off from work and changing to Non-practising status. In 2025, I plan to return to Practising status and work on a part-time basis. Is there a reduced or pro-rated number of practice hours required in this circumstance?
No, the requirement for 500 practice hours remains the same.
All Practising RMTs are required to meet the practice hours requirement in one of the following ways:
If an RMT who holds Practising registration has not met the practice hours requirement for the preceding three years, they will be required to complete a substitution for those practice hours, such as College-approved remedial course work.
Scenario: I work as a part-time RMT and may not be able to meet the practice hours requirement. Will the College automatically cancel my registration in 2026?
No, an RMT will not immediately be required to change their status to Non-practising or resign their registration if they have not met the practice hours requirement at the time of registration renewal for 2026.
If a Practising RMT or a Non-practising RMT converting to Practising status at the time of registration renewal for 2026 is unable to meet the practice hours requirement, they will be required to complete a substitution for those practice hours, such as College-approved remedial course work.
In this situation, the RMT would be able to renew as a Practising registrant upon agreement with the College to complete the substituted activity by a specified deadline.
What kind of remedial course work will I be required to take if I don’t meet the practice hours requirement?
Further information regarding the process of remedial course work will be provided closer to the time of registration renewal for 2026.
What are the practice hours requirements for a Non-practising RMT?
While an RMT holds Non-practising status, they cannot obtain or record practice hours. Practice hours can only be acquired by an RMT while they hold Practicing status.
However, if at the time of registration renewal for 2026, an RMT holds Non-practising status and seeks to convert back to Practising status, they will need to make a declaration regarding their practice hours for the preceding three-year period (2023-2025).
Scenario: I have held Non-practising status for the last three years as I recovered from an injury. I have zero practice hours, and do not meet the practice hours requirement. How do I renew my registration as Practising for 2026 if I have been Non-practising in the preceding three years?
RMTs who have held Non-practising status for two years or more must submit an application form for review and assessment by the Registration Committee of their readiness for practice.
For more information on Registration Status Change: Non-practising to Practising, see the Practising/Non-Practising Status Change page.
I currently hold Practising status with CMTBC, and I live and work in Alberta. Can I use my clinical hours obtained by providing massage therapy in Alberta toward my practice hour requirement?
Yes. An RMT who holds Practising status can use their practice hours obtained in a non-regulated jurisdiction (for example Alberta, the Yukon, etc.) toward their practice hour requirement.
Any RMT who holds Practising status with CMTBC, irrespective of the jurisdiction in which the RMT works, is required to practice in accordance with their professional obligations as stated in CMTBC’s Bylaws, Standards of Practice, and Code of Ethics.