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The Réseau places a singular importance on the quality of the courses completed by massage therapists looking to become members. Only graduates trained in massage therapy teaching centres recognized by the Réseau can be added to its member list without having to complete a theoretical and practical assessment. To be included in the list of acknowledged and certificated schools, these establishments have shown that they appropriately met the assessment criteria of the Réseau by successfully completing an audit process. Moreover, only recognized and certificated teaching centres can take part in the continuing education financial support program, the .
Massage therapy teaching centres that want to have their teaching program recognized by this audit must have offered the training for at least 5 years and have their own premises. The business must be recognized as a teaching establishment by the provincial and federal governments. The training provided must also cover all the essential aspects of a massage therapy education.
If they meet these basic criteria, they must then provide a number of documents that will be used to assess the quality of the teaching and educational materials provided to students. The audit committee will therefore study all important documents such as course plans, textbooks, assessment grids for theoretical and practical exams and other work tools given to students in the context of their course.
Next, the premises are visited by the Réseau’s audit committee. This visit allows us to assess the cleanliness of the premises, verify whether installations and equipment are suitable for training activities, make sure that a dress code and the students’ and clients’ modesty are respected in practical exercises and assist in supervising a practical exam to judge the assessment methods of the certificated teaching centre.
For more information or to begin an audit process, please contact Karine Vincelette at 1-800-461-1312 ext. 1428 or email@example.com.
It is also possible to have a continuing education program recognized without being an certificated teaching centre by meeting certain criteria.
If a teaching centre does not offer a basic massage therapy program, it can still submit a request to have the courses that it offers recognized as continuing education.
Teaching centres that want to have a continuing education program recognized must demonstrate that the skills taught to therapists will allow them to enhance their massage therapy practices in concrete terms. This can be via massage therapy techniques already recognized by the Association, or other techniques with a direct link to the practice of massage therapy. The business must also be recognized as a teaching establishment by the provincial and federal governments.
When a training offering corresponds to these basic criteria, teaching centres must complete an assessment request. The audit committee will then study all important documents such as course plans, textbooks, assessment grids for theoretical and practical exams and other work tools given to students in the context of their course.
A number of documents must be attached with this form, including the course plan, documents and other work tools given to therapists in the context of the program and an example of the attestation given to participants.
For more information, please contact Karine Vincelette at 1-800-461-1312 ext. 1428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.