RRCO has positioned its members as beacons of excellence. Contributing to excellence is education. In regulated health care, a model of quality that RRCO strives to emulate, continuing education is mandatory as part of the promise to society. Remaining current with the ever changing discoveries of health care science is the root of this practice. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) model presented here is based on the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, which regulates the manual practice of Massage Therapy. The similarities between massage and reflexology ensure reasonable transferability and likelihood the model will be as successful for the RRCO as it has been for CMTO.
The RRCO has designed the CEU requirements to be accessible to all members of the profession, regardless of physical location, financial restraints and / or time limitations. The following guidelines were created taking into account the RRCO’s mission statement and the needs of the membership to facilitate recognition as viable, relevant and ethical practitioners.
Important Points to Remember
- CEU’s at a value of one (1) hour of learning equal to one (1) CEU
- Twenty (20) CEU’s must be earned per cycle
- A CEU cycle is five (5) years
- Members must read and respond to three mandatory articles in RRCO newsletter per year This totals 5 Category A CEU’s towards your total
- Members must obtain a minimum of 20 CEUs, 15 of which from Category A
”Reflexology is a non-invasive therapeutic treatment applied to the feet and hands using finger and thumb techniques thus relieving stress and tension and improving circulation.”
Core competencies are the business skills that perpetuate professionalism and ethical conduct in our field, and support our scope of practice. Our core competencies are critically important, just like our practical techniques. These both fall under Category A learning. There are also modalities that, while not directly within our scope, are complementary and beneficial, and so, we recognize these as Category B.
Recordable Activities for A or B Include:
- Attending workshops, seminars or courses relevant to the Scope of Practice (attending includes on-line or correspondence courses)
- Presenting workshops, seminars or courses relevant to the Scope of Practice (including preparation time limited to the first time the presentation is made)
- Membership on committees of the RRCO relevant to the Scope of Practice
- Serving as an examiner, for the RRCO
- Participate in conducting or collaborating in formal research with intent to publish results that is relevant to the Scope of Practice
- Submitting articles for publication in publications that are relevant to the Scope of Practice
- Conferring with peers individually or participating in regional association meetings and functions where the outcome is learning relevant to the Scope of Practice
- Reviewing books, articles or videos that are relevant to the Scope of Practice
- Preparation time of a course being taught at an approved Reflexology school, limited to the first time teaching the course or if there has been a 50% or greater revision to the content of the course. The course must be related to Scope of Practice
Activities are to be recorded referencing the modality.
Recording and Proof of CEUs Acquired
The RRCO has provided you with templates that can be used to record your activities. You are not required to use these log sheets and may keep track of your CEUs in any method you choose. The following items are examples of the type of proof you may retain and use to verify activities:
- Receipts with names of organizations involved and contacts for verification
- Brochures from courses you teach with names of organizations and contacts
- Certificates, transcripts, course outlines, newspaper clippings/media content etc.
- A log of accumulated hours with descriptions of activity and the learning outcomes.
- Names of contacts, leaders, chairs of committees, groups, associations etc.
- Brief synopses of articles, books or videos reviewed.
- A record of the learning that took place by being involved with the activity
How to Report to the RRCO
The RRCO will send you the Cycle End CEU Reporting form near the end of your cycle as your membership expires on that fifth year. The CEU Reporting form will contain a declaration that you have read the mandatory articles from In Touch and have answered the questions, and require a breakdown of the CEUs you have obtained. Failure to do so may result in a term, condition or limitation placed on the therapists registration. This form is also available on the RRCO “resource” page of the website.
The mandatory reading component involves reading a designated article in each issue of RRCO newsletter and composing a response to questions on the article. These articles contain information on various aspects of public protection and professional responsibility including discussions on the Code of Ethics. Members will receive one Category A CEU per year for completion of the one article for a total of five (5) Category A CEUs per 5 yr cycle.
Mandatory Articles Database
As articles are published in the In Touch publication, they will also be archived here for your convenience. We strongly suggest as articles are printed, that you read and record your answers right away, and keep them in a CEU file for your convenience.