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MTAM Continuing Competency Program

Changes to the ECC Program 

As detailed earlier this year, the Contining Competency program underwent some changes to make the program simpler from an adminsitrative perspective and more effective for members overall.  These changes were posted since January this year and we have kept current cycle members and new graduates informed over this time. If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at 204-927-7976.


1) New August 31, 11:59 PM End-of-Cycle deadline.

We have moved the overall deadlinefrom June 30 to August 31 for each cycle.

2016 - 2018 Cycle === CECs are due August 31, 11:59 PM,2018 (giving an extra two months)
2017 - 2019 Cycle === CECs are due August 31, 11:59 PM, 2019 (giving an extra two months)
2018 - 2020 Cycle === CECs are due August 31, 11:59 PM, 2020
2019 - 2021 Cycle === CECs are due August 31, 11:59 PM, 2021

and so on...

2) Fines and penalties *and how to avoid them* are outlined clearly in this new policy. 
The onus is on every member to read the policy and understand your obligations. 

3) New Graduate grace period cancelled for grads in 2018
The cancellation of the New Graduate grace period only applies to new graduates joining us in 2018. They have been communicated this information as they joinNew Graduate who have already been granted the grace period (who started with us in 2016 and 2017) will still enjoy that grace period. 

4) Re-naming types of CECs earned based on relevance to the Scope of Practice of massage therapy.
Primary will now be called "Core Competency" | Secondary will now be called "Complementary". We hope this makes sense, but if not, please email us.

5) August introduction of an amazing new Self-Evaluation tool.
We hope this makes sense, but if not, please email us.

Watch for it!


We are pleased to introduce this new, simpler, policy:

Education & Continuing Competency Policy 2018 and a handy ECC Program FAQ that answers common questions and details the policy.


The Board recommends that 4 of every member's 18 primary / core competency credits come from the annual completion of the new MTAM Self-Assessment Tool: 

a free resource to help you review your practice and plan your professional development. This great tool 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.

About the MTAM Continuing Competency Program

Continuing competence is the ability to continually enhance and expand your knowledge, observable behaviours and performance of skills to practice safe, competent and ethical care.

Continuing competency is a cornerstone of ethical, professional and competent practice in health careThe 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.

Learn more:
Education & Continuing Competency Policy 2018
ECC Program FAQ 

Education Course Submissions

Visit Our COURSE SUBMISSION PAGE to submit a course for approval.

MTAM Members Continuing Competency Progress & Trends

  • 92% of the members in the 2015-2017 education cycle completed their CE credits and over 5% had 100 credits or more!

  • The Board will be finalizing details for a few changes to the MTAM CE program, including a new, more practically-timed deadline for the current and future cycles. This announcement will be made in early October. Watch for it!

  • Why does the MTAM spend so much effort monitoring and storing member continuing education credits? A number of members have asked why we take so much time to follow up with members and ensure they get their education credits completed in their 2-year cycle. It does cost us a lot of adminisitrative time as up to 15% of our RMT's per cycle hurry to complete anywhere from one to all of their required credits the month before the June 30th deadline. We work diligently to help them find quality choices to fulfill their requirements. Why?

The MTAM believes it is part of our role as an Association to assist our members to meet their professional obligations. We also believe it is most convenient for us to keep account of member continuing education to ensure they are ready for the day that our Legislation is active and a Regulatory College opens in Manitoba. We take pride knowing we can hand over every member file to the College, ready to go!

Equally important: by knowing the education our members have taken, we can ensure we are responding to challenges, interests, and needs of emerging health care issues, modalities and techniques. This is also how we know which members have expertise in certain areas of Massage Therapy and can ensure we send Manitoba patients to the right health care practitioners.