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MTAA Professional Development

MTAA Professional Development (PD) Program and Education Cycle

The purpose of the MTAA’s Professional Development Program is to support and encourage continued growth in the profession of Massage Therapy in areas that are directly related to our Scope of Practice and also relevant to the individual practitioner’s practice.

All MTAA members follow the same PD Education Cycle which takes place over 3 calendar years. During the PD Education Cycle members are required to obtain 30 PD credits. Members that join part way through the Education Cycle will see they are exempt from learning credits for any full calendar year they did not hold membership.

Current and Future Education Cycles are as follows:

  • January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2024
  • January 1, 2025 – December 31, 2027
  • January 1, 2028 – December 31, 2030
Can I earn more than the required PD credits to get ahead for the next education cycle?

If members wish to obtain more than 30 Primary PD credits in the current education cycle, they can carryover a maximum of 15 Primary PD credits into the next.

What are the ways that I can earn PD credit if I become a member?
  • MTAA approved courses
  • MTAA Free Webinars and Coffee Chats
  • Literature Reviews
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching in an approved Massage Therapy program
  • Completion of the Manul Osteopathic program offered by the Manual Osteopathic College of Canada (MOCC), as well as other MTAA approved programs/designations. Contact the MTAA to learn more.
  • Attending Annual General Meetings (AGMs)

  • For recertification of both Standard First Aid (SFA) and CPR-Level C (or higher). Applicants cannot earn PD credits when activation occurs, however, they can receive PD credits for approved re-certification of MTAA accepted SFA & CPR-Level C (or higher).

Can I only complete MTAA approved courses for credits?

If members are seeking to earn PD credits for courses, these courses must be MTAA approved. The MTAA requires that course facilitators submit information to confirm their education and background, specific course information as well as all contraindications and safety precautions taught in the course. This is required to ensure that facilitators offering continuing education hold valid membership with their regulatory college (or professional association where unregulated) for their designation. The MTAA has negotiated with our insurer to provide MTAA members with free liability coverage for most techniques and modalities, so we must ensure that the instructors meet our minimum standards of training before we can deem a course “MTAA APPROVED”.

Is there a list of MTAA Approved Courses?

Yes, members can view the full list of MTAA approved courses. This can only be viewed by current members. If you are interested in learning more about a specific course, please contact the MTAA office by emailing or by calling 403-340-1913.

What are the deadlines for submitting Professional Development each education cycle?

There are deadlines for members to submit their learning. To review these, please see the PD Program Guide for Members