Meeting a mandate for continuing competency
As the professional regulatory body for RMTs in British Columbia, Canada, CMTBC is responsible for meeting several key mandates under the province’s Health Professions Act. For example, the organization administers entry-to-practice exams to license newly trained massage therapists and those who have moved to British Columbia from other provinces, where regulatory standards are different.
CMTBC also has a mandate to provide quality assurance for the profession, as Eric Wredenhagen, Registrar and CEO, explains: “We have an obligation under the quality assurance and continuing competency mandate to ensure that practitioners stay up to date with current practice and are learning what they need to know to deliver quality care, safe care and ethical care.”
To help RMTs maintain compliance as professional practice evolves, CMTBC needs to be able to communicate new standards as they are developed and to ensure that its registrants understand the requirements. In many other professions, this role is filled by third-party training providers, which work with regulators to design and deliver professional education. However, in CMTBC’s domain, no such provider currently exists.
“We’ve stepped into that breach because we realized that the only way to effectively communicate what RMTs need to know about their professional requirements is to do it ourselves,” says Eric Wredenhagen.
Annette Ruitenbeek, Director of Professional Practice, adds: “We’re not an educational institution, so this is something we had never done in the past. We just had to find a way to help RMTs navigate changes in professional practice, and it’s led us to some really exciting innovations.”