Coronavirus Precautions and PCM Training
Recommendations for PCM Instructors and OTC’s


Because of the PCM certification requirement for physical demonstrations, as well as, physical practice and practical examinations we recognize potential concerns for the safety and health of Instructors and Practitioners, as well as, the staff and consumers/students they serve. With ongoing developments about coronavirus (COVID-19), we understand that many organizations may decide to reschedule their training. However, in instances in which it is determined to proceed with the training, we encourage Instructors and OTC’s to follow health authority best practices. With regard to PCM training, specifically, we recommend the following:

  1. Speak with the organizing school or facility about advance preparations. Specifically ask about the room setup and:
    1. Disinfection of the training room and all other high-touch areas such as doorknobs, tables,
    2. Inclusion of at least one hand-sanitizer for each worktable in the training area,
    3. Availability of disinfectant sprays for use on tables and desks,
    4. Availability of at least one tissue box at each worktable for sneezes and coughs, and
    5. Identification of the location of a separation or isolation area in the event someone becomes sick at the training and needs an onsite area to wait until they arrange to leave the location, and
    6. Availability of disposable facemasks for individuals identified as ill.
  2. Remind participants at the beginning of the training class and after each break to:
    1. Assume responsibility to leave the training if they are feeling ill or have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other upper-respiratory-illness symptoms.
    2. Leave the training if the Instructor informs them of concerns about that individual’s health. For the safety of all, these individuals may not participate in physical demonstration exercises.
    3. Remain at least six feet away from any individual appearing ill and inform the Instructor if concerned about the health of another participant.
    4. Avoid unnecessary physical touch including greetings and handshakes.
    5. Avoid touching their face, in particular the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    6. Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    7. Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if they are unable to use soap and water. When using a hand sanitizer, cover all surfaces of the hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    8. Cough and sneeze into the inside of the elbow or a tissue, and not into their hands. They are to throw used tissues into the trash and immediately wash their hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.
    9. Use a tissue or hand towel to open doors, especially bathroom doors.
    10. Assist by wiping down tables during breaks.
  3. The Instructor should:
    1. Ensure that mats are disinfected before each training, after each use/demonstration, and at the end of each training.
    2. Follow the procedures of the Instructor’s agency/company regarding the postponement or rescheduling of a training if determined necessary.
    3. Keep in mind, as mentioned above that for certification, physical demonstrations and physical practice and practical examinations must be completed.

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Please contact the PCMA office if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance in any manner.

Best regards,


Neal Fleisig

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