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MTAM Continuing Competency Program

Continuing competence is the ability to continually enhance and expand knowledge and performance of skills to practice safe, competent and ethical care as a massage therapist.

Continuing competency is a cornerstone of ethical, professional and competent practice in health care. The MTAM implemented a compulsory Continuing Education program in 2002 and currently all MTAM members participate in the Education & Continuing Competency Program. The program is designed on a two-year cycle, and each member is assigned to a particular two-year cycle based on their graduation year and year of joining the MTAM. Each practicing and non-practicing member must achieve 24 approved continuing competency credits within each cycle; at least 18 of these credits must be core competency credits while the remaining 6 may be either "core" or "complementary credits". 

MTAM Policy - Education & Continuing Competency Program 
MTAM Education & Continuing Competency Program FAQ's

"MTAM massage therapists are the only RMTs in the province that have a fully-monitored Continuing Competency Program (not audit-based) and our members believe in and welcome continuous professional development..."


Members of the MTAM complete 24 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) during a two-year cycle. A new 2018 policy will re-focus the type and quality of education by having them focus on a minimum of 18 CECs from Core Competency activities and up to 6 CECs from Complementary activities.

Core Competency credits are CEC's obtained by taking education that is directly relevant to massage therapy scope of practice. Focusing competency and skill improvement on high quality education that is related to massage therapy will benefit each member and their patients. It is also in keeping with the National move to more relevant continuing education.


Members are recommended to complete a new MTAM Self-Assessment: a free resource to help our members to review their practice and plan their professional development.

This can help practitioners reveal valuable insights into their strengths and weaknesses and set a course for focused skill building. Self evaluation enables members to identify their strengths. Strengths may be used to help support MTAM by becoming a mentor, become a top practicum clinic, teach, joining a committee or the board. It also allows members to identify areas they may need to improve or enhance.

Information for Professional Course Providers

The MTAM currently approves education courses for members to fulfill their Continuing Education needs. The MTAM Education & Continuing Competency Approval Committee meets regularly with the responsibility to review continuing education workshops, seminars, and courses for possible continuing competency credits.


Please Note: It may take up to 8 weeks to complete a course review.

To complete the process, the Committee requires detailed information from a course provider/instructor who is seeking credit approval.  Please apply:


Contact MTAM if you have any questions.