Language Fluency Requirement for Registrants
The demonstration of reasonable fluency in English or French is a requirement for registration as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). This requirement is articulated in Ontario Regulation 864/93 of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991.
Communication forms the basis for safe and effective Massage Therapy care. RMTs must be able to communicate effectively with their clients as well as with other healthcare professionals involved in their clients’ care. They must also be able to communicate with CMTO because being able to understand and implement College materials related to registration, quality assurance, complaints and discipline is an essential part of an RMT’s accountability as a regulated health professional.
CMTO’s Council passed a policy, effective July 1, 2014, that all examination candidates whose first language is neither English nor French and whose secondary school education was not completed in English or French, must meet the requirements of the College’s Language Fluency Policy.
An updated Language Fluency Policy was approved by Council on December 7, 2015 for implementation February 1, 2016. The updated policy is available at the links below:
Information about how the updated policy was developed is available in the CMTO Language Fluency Policy Review background document. The information is also available in French here.
Request for an Extension to the Language Fluency Requirement
Candidates may submit a request to be permitted access to the Certification Examinations prior to meeting the requirements of the Language Fluency Policy. Each submission will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Factors that will be considered when reviewing an extension request include:
- Whether or not a language assessment has been attempted and, if it has, how close the scores were to the required scores;
- Other information/documentation regarding the candidate’s language fluency; and
- Information/documentation regarding other mitigating circumstances being experienced by the candidate.
Candidates who wish to make a submission requesting an extension permitting them to take the Certification Examinations prior to meeting the requirements of the Language Fluency Policy are asked to submit a Language Fluency Assessment Request for Extension form outlining the information required:
The form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Registration and Certification Services
College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
1867 Yonge Street, Suite 801
Toronto, ON M4S 1Y5