Continuing Education Credit Guidelines

The following guidelines are NOT exhaustive.  They are intended to direct, not limit, the ability of a member to successfully complete the MTAS competency requirements.  Note that the secondary credit category has been eliminated, effective November 1st, 2012.
Credit activities are to be recorded in the electronic member database and office paper files, and members must maintain a personal record of all credit activities.

Activities in the primary category are directly related to the Scope of Practice.

MTAS Scope of Practice, as stated in the Association Bylaws:
“The assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints in order to develop and maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain.”

Topics for primary credits as directly related to the MTAS Scope of Practice would include, but are not limited to, the following (1 credit per 1 hour of study):
Anatomy                               Applying Treatments       Client Assessment
Massage Techniques      Massage Theory               Nutrition
Pathology                            Physiology  
Modalities/subjects within Scope of Practice include, but are not limited to:

• Active Release
• Acupressure
• Cranial Sacral Therapy including Unwinding
• Deep Tissue Therapy
• Fitness Training (assessed on course content-some courses may not be eligible)
• Hot Packs
• Hot Stone Therapy (assessed on course content-some courses may not be eligible)
• Infant Massage
• Pregnancy Massage
• Integrative Manual Therapy
• Joint Mobilization
• Lomi Lomi
• Manual Lymph Drainage
• Medical Terminology
• Muscle Energy
• Myofascial Release
• Neuromuscular Therapy
• Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF stretching)
• Remedial Exercise 
• Rolfing
• Shiatsu
• Sports Massage (including athletic taping & bracing)
• Strain/Counter Strain
• Structural Integration
• Swedish Massage
• Thai Massage
• Trigger Point Therapy
• Tui Na
• Visceral Manipulation

All other modalities are subject to approval by the Competency Committee.

Self-Directed Study for Primary Credits
Any combination of the following four options may be used to obtain a maximum of six (6) primary CEUs per three-year window:

  1. MTAS Continuing Education Mentoring Form (download here).
    • 1 primary credit per 2 hours of shadowing.
    • Equal credits are awarded for each MTAS member participating.
  2. MTAS Case Study Form (download here).
    • 1 primary credit per case study.
  3. MTAS Literature Reviews: Magazine Article, Book or Video (download here).
    • 2 primary credits per magazine article.
    • 3 primary credits per book or video.
  4. MTAS Group Study Participation Form (download here).
             1 primary credit per 2 hours of participation for each MTAS member participating.

Other Primary Credits:


A.  CPR/First Aid

There are several options available for obtaining CPR/First Aid requirements, including Canadian Red Cross and St. John’s Ambulance.  A variety of private companies also offer the training.  Check your local Yellow Pages under First Aid. 


Standard First Aid and CPR Level “C” are mandatory requirements for our profession.  We are required to maintain up-to-date standards in this area in order to maintain our agreements with SGI and WCB, therefore members are responsible to ensure their certification is not allowed to lapse.    This is not an area that directly affects our skills as massage therapists and, as such, is not “continuing education” in the field of the work that we do.  However, MTAS currently allows existing continuing education credits for this course. (5 primary CEUs per window).  A copy of the certificates must be submitted to the MTAS office upon renewal.  Recertification is only required as directed by the First Aid/CPR provider – every three years.   Note that if you choose to take the full course instead of the recertification, you will not be allowed additional credits.  If you allow your SFA/CPR certification to lapse for any reason, your membership will be suspended until we receive your proof of recertification.


All MTAS members receive a complimentary subscription to this on-line continuing education web site.  Many members have already taken advantage of the free quizzes that earn you 2 primary competency credits each. There are 37 FREE con-ed credits available on this site. 

The new web site is clearer, simpler and more dynamic!  The website is fully automated with instant access to courses, streaming video clips, onsite testing and certificate generation.  We also keep an account page for you where you can access all courses you have ever taken and reprint any certificates you may have lost!

TouchU also offers courses for Massage Clients as well as Massage Therapists and MTAS members get free access to them all! 

For information on how to register for free access go to the Members’ Section of the MTAS web site and download the information, or contact Jayne at:


Primary activities include:
• Attending workshops, seminars or courses relevant to the Scope of Practice (includes on-line or correspondence courses).
• Presenting workshops, seminars or courses relevant to the Scope of Practice (including preparation time to the first time the presentation is made).

• Participating on Committees of the Association that are relevant to the Scope of Practice.
• Obtaining MTAS examiner training accreditation, working as a peer assessor, subject matter expert or investigator for the Association.
• Conducting or collaborating in formal research with intent to publish results that are relevant to the Scope of Practice.
• Reviewing books, articles or videos that are relevant to the Scope of Practice.



Primary activities are to be recorded in the member database and paper files.  Members should keep a personal record copy of all primary activities.




This is a new credit category, effective November 1st, 2012.  The change has been made to bring the MTAS competency system into line with the Inter-Jurisdictional Entry-to-Practice Competency Profile for Massage Therapists, developed by the Consortium of Massage Therapy Regulators.  Adherence to this profile will allow transition into the Agreement on Internal Trade on labour mobility when legislated. 

  • MTAS AGM attendance   
  • MTAS jurisprudence quiz (not yet available – coming soon)
  • Chamber of Commerce events  
  • Financial institution seminars
  • SIAST business classes   
  • Technical college business classes
  • University business classes
  • Meetings with financial planners, accountants, business conssultants etc. to discuss your practice.

May include, but not limited to:

• Accounting  
• Administration
• Advertising & promotion
• Book-keeping
• Business law
• Business planning
• Charting skills & records management
• Coaching skills
• Commerce
• Communications
• Computer applications
• Conflict resolution
• Customer service & client relations
• Data processing
• Decision-making
• E-commerce
• Economics
• Ethics
• Financial planning
• Human resources
• Investments
• Jurisprudence & compliance
• Labour relations
• Leadership
• Management
• Marketing
• Negotiation
• Organizational behaviour
• Organizational theory
• Policy development
• Problem-solving
• Public relations
• Sales techniques
• Statistics
• Strategic planning
• Taxation
• Website design
• Writing skills

Courses taken for business credits do not have to be approved by the Competency Committee.  Members may take any classes, courses or workshops of personal interest that are related to business; however a certificate of attendance or letter from the course provider must be submitted to the MTAS office for credit recording purposes.  This should state at least the course name, completion date, and number of hours of attendance. 

Please note that receipts are NOT considered proof of attendance.

NOTE:  The minimum 7 business credit requirement is applicable to ALL practicing members .  There will be no pro-rating of the business credit requirement for members who require fewer than 40 credits in a window.