The purpose of the accreditation process is to provide a mechanism for quality assurance and continuing quality improvement of entry-level massage therapy education programs across Canada.  Accreditation will foster a common national entry-level education standard that is based upon the entry-to-practice requirements in the regulated provinces, and in doing so will facilitate the initiation of regulation in provinces that are currently unregulated.  Accreditation will support the advancement of massage therapy as a health care profession, thereby serving the public interest.

Accreditation operations will:

  • be administered by a newly-created, specific-purpose agency that is federally incorporated and governed collaboratively by massage therapy regulators, massage therapy educators and massage therapy professional associations

  • take place in a manner consistent with the Good Practice Guidelines published by the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada

Accreditation services will:

  • be available to programs that take place in both private and public education institutions

  • avoid redundancy with provincial government requirements applicable to education institutions

  • be available in both regulated and unregulated provinces

  • be available in both English and French

Accreditation standards will:

  • be based upon the Inter-jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators approved by the regulated provinces in 2012 (and incorporate future updates to that document)

  • be flexible in their application, focusing more on the student learning outcomes produced by the program than on the program’s structure and process

  • be developed in consultation with stakeholders

The Planning Committee's Vision

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