A massage therapy education program is accredited by CMTCA following a successful Preliminary Accreditation review (see below) and the completion of a site visit. During the site visit a survey team of 3 people visit the education program and conduct tracers (which are 360 reviews of each and every criterion) to determine compliance with the standards and criteria. It is only after a site visit has been conducted that surveyors can fully assess whether or not the criteria are in place. Education programs are then accredited following a calculation based upon rules found in the CMTCA Decision Making Framework.
Preliminary Accreditation is the first step of the accreditation process. It consists of an evaluative self-assessment compiled by the education program that is then submitted to CMTCA for evaluation. In this self-assessment, education programs rate their massage therapy program according to the criteria and provide evidence to support the rating. The submission is then evaluated by three independent surveyors, who give their feedback to CMTCA. Once an education program has been granted Preliminary Accreditation they have up to 2 years to prepare for a site visit which is when they receive a full accreditation decision. An education program that has been granted Preliminary Accreditation is not yet fully accredited by CMTCA.
Preliminary Accreditation Granted