The CMTO allows you to report your CEU cycle via their website, instead of filling it out on paper. However, the process looks different than what you see on the paper form. Totally confused about how to complete the CMTO CEU Reporting form online? You’re not alone. Here are the basics of the process:
Go to the Registrant Login area
Enter your User ID and Password
Select CEU, and CEU Reporting
Click “View / Edit” next to your current cycle
Click the “Enter Activity” button
Fill in the details for the activity
This is where a lot of people are getting confused, since the details on the online form are different from the paper reporting form:
The first two fields, Activity Type and Activity Category are significantly different from the paper form, where the CEU codes (which can be found at http://www.cmto.com/registrants/quality-assurance/continuing-education/ceus-reporting/ ) are typically entered by themselves. The Activity Type drop down field replaces what we would normally enter as the Activity Code:
If you look at the CMTO’s list of Activity Codes, you’ll see each item in that list corresponds to one of the Activity Types in the drop down list provided:
|AAW||Attending workshops, seminars or courses – provide name of course, date attended, learning obtained|
|APW||Presenting workshops, seminars or courses – can include preparation time, limited to only the first presentation of the information|
|ACO||Membership on committees – limited to committees of the organizations listed in the guidelines|
|ACN||Serving as an examiner, peer assessor, subject matter expert, or investigator – limited to contract positions with the College|
|ARE||Participate in conducting or collaborating in formal research – identify the research project and how it relates to the practice of massage therapy|
|AWR||Submitting articles for publication – provide the name of the article and periodical it was submitted to; may include the research time for the creation of the article|
|APE||Conferring with peers – provide name of peer, their designation, outline the topics discussed|
|ABA||Reviewing books, articles or videos – provide the name of the publication reviewed, the learning outcome and how it relates to the practice of massage therapy|
The Activity Type tells the CMTO what type of activity you are entering. Did you attend a class? Did you read a book? Were you preparing a course? And so on. By itself, it doesn’t determine whether an activity counts toward category A or category B, just the medium of learning.
The next field, Activity Category is where we select the Competency or Modality code of the activity.
The activity category is the subject or topic of the course / book / paper, and determines whether or not the activity falls under category A or B for the purpose of meeting our requirements. The category codes are divided into two major sections: competencies and modalities.
Competencies are all items related to the practice of massage therapy, but they aren’t necessarily specific techniques (modalities). They include things like Business Acumen and Anatomy, and are all category A. The list of competencies is:
|COL||On – going Learning|
|CPS||Problem Solving and Decision Making|
|COC||On- going Client Evaluation|
|CHK||Health- care Services Knowledge|
The second major division, Modalities, is divided into category A and category B. Category A modalities are considered directly within the scope of practice (and can be billed as massage therapy), and category B modalities are considered complimentary.
Category A modalities include:
|MAQ||Aquatic Massage Therapy|
|MCS||Cranial Sacral Therapy including Unwinding|
|MDC||Deep Connective Tissue|
|MST||Hot Stone Therapy|
|MIH||Indie Head Massage (Indian Head Massage is a different modality and is not eligible for CEUs)|
|MMT||Integrative Manual Therapy|
|MLD||Manual Lymph Drainage|
|MRE||Remedial Exercise including exercise therapy|
|MSH||Shiatsu including Moxibustion|
|MSM||Sports Massage including athletic taping & bracing|
|MTH||Traditional Thai / Thai Yoga Massage|
|MTP||Trigger Point Therapy|
Category B modalities include:
|MEL||Electrical therapy techniques including: IFC, TENS, Therapeutic Ultrasound, Pulsed High Frequency, Low Intensity Laser|
|MRI||Reiki (1st degree only)|
|MTH||Touch for Health|
The dropdown list for Activity Category combines all the competency and modalities codes into a single list. You’ll want to pick the competency or modality that best reflects what was covered in the course / book / activity you are claiming.
The next field, Description, is where you type your description of the course, the book you read, the article you reviewed, etc. For a course, you’ll want to include who the instructor was, where it was held, how long it was, and other relevant details. If you were conferring with peers, you’ll want to include their names, where the conference was, and what was discussed. For books and articles, the bibliographical information like author, title, publication, and edition should be included.
Learning Outcome is the field in which you type what you learned during the activity and how it relates to massage therapy and your practice. You’ll want to indicate why you think the activity falls into the category you picked.
The field Activity Completed Date lets you enter which date you actually participated in the activity.
Units Claimed is where you enter the number of credits you are hoping to get for the activity. The credits are calculated at a rate of 1 credit per 2 hours. If you took a 6 hour course, you can claim 3 credits for it. If you read and researched a particular topic for 9 hours, you can claim 4.5 hours for it, and so on.
When you have finished entering the activity’s details, click the Save button. Repeat the process for every activity you want to claim.
What about the Mandatory TouchPoint articles?
You don’t have to enter the mandatory articles as an activity***. When you submit your CEU Reporting Form after entering all of your activities, you’ll be prompted with a pop up which includes a check box, asking to confirm that you have read the mandatory article and completed their questions. When you check this box and confirm your form submission, the mandatory articles are added to the form for you automatically. You don’t need to submit your answers to the questions (unless the QA department explicitly asks you to), they’ll be checked by your peer assessor during your assessment.
***EDIT: Thank you to Justin Lewis for pointing that if you want to claim the 3 CEU credits for completing the mandatory articles, you DO need to add them as an activity. You will still be prompted with the pop up asking you to verify that you read them either way, but you won’t get the CEU credits for them unless you enter them as an activity. The codes to use are ABA (reviewing articles), and CCL (compliance). You can claim a maximum of 3 credits for the mandatory articles.
I hope this helps you complete you CEU cycle a bit more easily!