Organization Consultations Completed
The Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta (TC-CMTA) committed to conducting broad consultations with stakeholders to assist in determining best practices in its approach to regulation of Massage Therapists in the Province of Alberta.
Consultations started by surveying the members of the proponent member associations of RMTA, NHPC and MTAA. In March 2017, consultations took place with stakeholder groups and consultations are now underway with other Health Professions.
The TC-CMTA invited three member based associations to meet in person or by teleconference including: the Certified Registered Massage Therapists Association (CRMTA), the London and Counties Society of Physiologists (LCSP), and the Alberta Association of Therapeutic Masseurs(AAMT). The TC-CMTA also invited one interest group: the Alberta Support Council for Massage Therapy (ASCMT) to meet in person.
The CRMTA, LCSP and ASCMT provided written submissions to questions and also attended a consultation meeting with the TC-CMTA to present their views in person. Some of what the Council heard in the facilitated presentations:
- There is support for regulation of Alberta Massage Therapists.
- There are differing opinions regarding transitional entry requirements for massage therapists who are currently practising.
- There is consensus regarding the requirement for entry once the College is operational including a mandatory entry exam.
- There is support for a school approval process that respects a national standard for competencies.
- There is a keen interest in the status of the profession and being engaged and informed to participate.
In addition to the consultations noted above, TC-CMTA is also inviting comments from Alberta Health Professional Colleges and is holding an information exchange with Alberta Massage Therapy schools on June 15, 2017. The results of those consultations will be posted as they are available.