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Read our December 2020 News!

We would like to wish a very happy, healthy, and restful holiday season to all of our stakeholders. 2020 brought so many challenges, and we want to take this time to express our gratitude to our Board members , surveyors, certified advisors, affiliated education programs, funding partners, and staff for their incredible contributions to accreditation this year. Your contributions to CMTCA and to quality massage therapy education, even in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, are sincerely appreciated.

With best wishes,

Iain Robertson, Chair, Board of Directors

Kathrina Loeffler, Executive Director

& the CMTCA team


Welcome to our December 2020 issue!

It has been almost 4 years since we launched the accreditation process and CMTCA is seeing more and more interest from both public and private education programs. This is great news and we’re excited to watch this growth. Keep reading for more information including:

  • Congratulations to the programs who achieved Accreditation and Preliminary Accreditation this fall

  • Learning module Quality Improvement in Massage Therapy Education Programs now available on CMTCAu

  • CMTCA Welcomes New Team Member Serge Birasa

  • Holiday office hours


Congrats to ...

The CMTCA board and staff extend sincere congratulations to the following programs that were Accredited or granted Preliminary Accreditation this fall:


  • Langara College - Registered Massage Therapy Program (Vancouver, BC)

Granted Preliminary Accreditation

  • triOS College, Toronto Campus - Massage Therapy Program (Toronto, ON)

  • CTS Canadian Career College – Massage Therapy Program (Barrie, North Bay, and Sault Ste Marie, ON)

We salute your hard work and your commitment to continuous quality improvement. We know this achievement will help you provide the best learning environment for your students and contribute to their becoming competent, safe and effective professional massage therapists.


Testimonial: Reflecting on the accreditation process

“What going through the process has done for us, is really shine a spotlight on not only the standards but Quality improvement. It has pushed our program to not only think of quality improvement as a state of being but as an ongoing process. We used to focus primarily on increasing [when looking at improvements] and now we focus on enhancement. CMTCA accreditation has changed the way we look at things, including how we engage with our stakeholders.  

[…] The accreditation experience with CMTCA has allowed Quality Improvement to thrive and QI is now a process we feel very much a part of.”

- Accredited program in Ontario 


Now available on CMTCAu

Quality Improvement in Massage Therapy Education Programs

This new CMTCAu learning module looks at how Quality Improvement (QI) shapes an organization’s interactions and operations. It provides guidance and tools for how to become a truly QI-focused program by involving all stakeholders. It introduces a practical approach to continuous program improvement.

We highly recommend this learning module if you are looking for more information about how to implement evidence-informed QI processes in your program, or have questions about Standard 7. It is available to all education programs who have started the accreditation process by submitting an application to become accredited.

If you have any difficulty signing into CMTCAu, please click on “login”, then “forgot password?”. Enter your email to request a password reset.



CMTCA welcomes new Finance Manager to the team

CMTCA warmly welcomes Serge Birasa to our team. Serge is a Professional Accountant working with CMTCA to support CMTCA’s financial accountability processes.

As a professional accountant, Serge is a member of a number of different professional bodies including:

  • Member of CPA Ontario,

  • Member of CPA Canada,

  • Member of the Association of Chartered Professional Accountant (ACCA-UK).,

  • Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA),

  • Member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Serge has a varied background including public health, NGOs and private sectors. His experience and expertise include accounting, internal as well as external audit.


Your turn. What’s new with you?

Do you have an innovative idea for massage therapy education during these trying times? Do you have a question that you would like CMTCA to address?

Send us your comments or questions and we will (with your permission) share your ideas and our answers in future issues. Or follow us and share your thoughts on Twitter.

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