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. The 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 (21) CEU’s must be earned in a Three (3) year program
- A CEU program is three (3) years long, but reported annually on the anniversary of your registration.
- Members must obtain a minimum of 21 CEUs, 16 of which must be from Category A. In other words, complete only 5 CEUs from Category B activities in any 3 year period.
”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.
Submittable 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 have the CEU Reporting form available year-round. The CEU Reporting form will contain a declaration that you have read the mandatory articles from the members website and have answered the questions, and requires a breakdown of the CEUs you have obtained. Failure to do so may result in a term, condition or limitation placed on your registration. This form is available under the CEU tab on the members website.
The mandatory reading component involves reading two designated articles (found under the CEU tab in the Members website) 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 each article for a total of two (2) Category A CEUs per anniversary submission.
For more information about the CEU program, access the Members site at https://members.rrco-reflexology.com.