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Requirements for Continuing Education for Massage Therapy

Massage therapy has become increasingly important in the health and wellness professions and to keep the business continued in track the therapist must acknowledge the licensure requirements and do the needful.

Massage Therapy Credential Requirements in the Different States

A state licensing massage therapists assures that only those massage therapists who have met specific requirements are treating clients. It ensures a level of safety and confidence for both the client and the massage therapist.

Every other state has developed its own requirements for the licensure procedure, several having the same except a few with distinct demands.

Major requirements are education and examination and renewing the license with continuing education from time to time in order to be updated with the new rules and laws.

Requirements for Continuing Education for Massage Therapy: Meeting The Licensure Requirements

  1. Most states require official transcripts from the massage therapy school or program. Graduate from an NCBTMB Assigned school with a minimum of 500 program hours, including at least 200 hours of supervised instruction.

Each state has a requirement for the number of hours of hands-on experience massage students must have before they can obtain a license.

It is a 100-question test that must be completed in 2 hours covering areas including ethics, client assessments, kinesiology, and the physiological effects of massage.

  • Name-based background checks or fingerprint-based background checks, different states conduct different background checks in order to get detailed information.

Also, official documents, self-explanation, and reference letters are welcomed by the licensing agency.

  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Pass the rigorous board certification exam
  • Complete a minimum of 24 continuing education credits every two years.

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License Renewal Procedure

As the licensure for different states vary so as the renewal procedure. But in general, it regulates on a new system which accommodates candidates with ‘Board Certification’ and CE requirements of 24 hours in a 2-year cycle.

Requirements for recertification as a Board-Certified Massage Therapist are:

  • Pass a thorough national background check
  • Maintain a current CPR certification. These are not counted in inclusion for Continuing Education.
  • Confirm the validity for commitment to the NCBTMB Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Confirm the validity for commitment to the NCBTMB Anti-Trafficking Pledge.
  • Complete 100 hours of documented hands-on experience.
  • Complete 24 hours of Continuing Education classes (3/24 hours must be Ethics; 4/24 hours must be in Self-care; 4/24 hours must be in courses less than 2 credits)
  • You can submit your 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience for recertification up to one year prior to your certification expiration date.

Massage Therapy Board Certification

Certification involves a verified and formal process to identify and acknowledge individuals who have met a recognized standard. It is a voluntary process. It includes education, experience, and an exam of knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to conduct the job work.

Massage therapists may choose to become board certified in massage therapy. The board certification is administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Therapists who achieve the standards of education and pass the examination are entitled to use the designation Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB).

It implies that these massage therapists have attained the skills, techniques and education to demonstrate advanced knowledge that meets standards determined by the National Certification Board.

  • Every License doesn’t need to be Board-certified, but every Board Certification needs a License.
  • Board Certification is distinct than Licensure.
  • Certification is provided by a private, non-government agency, whereas Licensing is regulated by government.
  • Licensing grants permission to an individual to engage in an occupation, on the other hand, certification is not necessary for an individual to practice his profession.
BOARD-CERTIFIED (BCTMB)LICENSE (LMT)
It is issued by NCBTMBIt is issued by State
It is voluntaryIt is requisite in 45 states
It is of the highest levelIt is of entry level
It is renewed every 2 yearsIt is renewed annually, biennially, triennially, or never

Steps to Become a Board-Certified Massage Therapist

Unlike the licensure procedure which is different for every state, the steps to becoming a board-certified massage therapist there are a few more requisites that are the same throughout the US.

These extra steps make certified therapists more ‘weighed-up’ than a licensed therapist.

Furthermore, the certified therapist becomes a part of their fraternity throughout the nation and has an advanced approach to resources and discounts.

  1. Graduation from an NCBTMB-Assigned School (or undergo a Portfolio review)
  2. Verify you are legally practicing in your state/ jurisdiction
  3. Complete the Board Certification Application
  4. Agree to NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice &Code of Ethics
  5. Complete a criminal background check
  6. Submit the fees for the process of certification ($275)
  7. Pass the Board Certification Exam

Brush up Your Skills with Continuing Education

In order to keep a massage license current, professionals must complete a certain number of continuing education credits at schools approved by their state.

Topics for Continuing Education include:

  • Modalities, Techniques, and Manual forces (20%)
  • Applied Sciences (25%)
  • Communication and Documentation (15%)
  • Professionals and Ethics (10%)
  • Laws and Business practices (5%)
  • Client Assessment and Treatment (25%)

Psychology For the Body has tons of great certified courses to help you meet the requirements of Continuing Education utterly quickly, efficiently, easily, and chiefly in an affordable way. We provide Psychology focused education through live and on-demand approved (video) CEUs. We recommend the video-based courses for massage therapists for all their technique demonstration goodness.

Provisioners of Massage CEs

There are many ways to acquire CEs but the best is to gain efficient CEs by NCBTMB-approved providers.

An NCBTMB Approved Continuing Education Provider (APCE) is commonly referred to as an Approved Provider or AP, who is a massage therapy continuing education instructor or organization that has exhibited quality instruction of the highest standards throughout the profession.

NCBTMB serves as the entity liable for approving continuing education for many states for licensure renewal.

It is also important to get all the 24 CEs from NCBTMB-approved providers.

An Approved provider must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet NCBTMB’s AP Instructor Qualifications
  • Necessary course documentation (course description, learning outcomes, course outline)
  • Must have taught the course at least 1 time within the last year to a group of 5 or more participants
  • Complete feedback forms from 5+ participants

1 thought on “Requirements for Continuing Education for Massage Therapy”

  1. Hi, My name is Amber Jensen. I am a LMT, and I also own an acupressure company that certifies Foot Zone Practitioners with acupressure on the feet. It is a highly advanced form of Reflexology. Many of our clients are Licensed Massage Therapists, or go on to become one. I have had several of them ask if we can get this program approved to be a C.E. for the massage community nation-wide. How do I go about presenting our course curriculum for possible C.E. classes for Licensed Massage Therapists?

    Thank You, Amber Jensen/owner/Amber@wellnesslifezone.com/801=897-1153

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