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Competency Equivalency Exam

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Competency Equivalency Exam (CEE)

Manulife, Alberta Blue Cross, and SunLife Insurance are adopting policies that require Massage Therapists to have 2200 hours of initial Massage Therapy training or a 2200-hour competency equivalency.

To meet these insurance industry requirements, the NHPC is creating recognition solutions & career options for massage therapists who do not have 2200 hours of initial Massage Therapy training, but have many years of experience. One solution is the Competency Equivalency Exam.

Any NHPC massage therapy member who does not have 2200 hours of initial training and who wishes to be recognized by insurance providers for the 2200-hour equivalency will need to apply to NHPC for the CEE.

The Competency Equivalency Exam:

  • is not mandatory for membership with the NHPC

  • does not apply in provinces that have regulated the profession of Massage Therapy (Ontario, BC, and Newfoundland & Labrador), where the colleges determine who can practice massage therapy.


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Start a CEE Study Group (PDF)
Member-to-Member: Study Groups (Login Required)
Study Guide (PDF)
Resource Sheet (PDF)
Client Communication Tool (PDF)
Recognition Solutions & Career Options for NHPC Members (PDF)

Background and Additional Information

CEE Frequently Asked Questions
Inter-Jurisdictional Competency Standards (PDF) - the model for CEE
Online CEE meeting, "Positioning You for Success" (Audio Recording)
CEE June 2012 Introduction Bulletin (PDF)
CEE June 2012 Process Update (PDF)
CEE August 2012 Update
CEE May 2013 Applicant Handbook Update

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NHPC supports members who choose to take part in the CEE from initial inquiry to approval. This support includes the online CEE study guide and practice tests, Test Run Online, as part of your CEE Registration Fee.

These changes are expected to resolve any issues that NHPC members are experiencing with Manulife, SunLife, and Alberta Blue Cross regarding their 2200-hour training requirement.

For further assistance, please email cee@nhpcanada.org or phone 780-484-2010 or (toll free) 1-888-711-7701.

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