Massage CE Requirements by State ( I)

Idaho Massage CE Requirements

Idaho State Board of Massage

Idaho Rules on CE for massage therapists:

  1. CONTINUING EDUCATION. All licensees must comply with the following continuing education requirements: (7-1-21)T
  2. Requirement. Beginning with the second renewal of their license, a licensee is required to complete a minimum of six (6) hours of continuing education, which includes one (1.0) hour in ethics, within the preceding twelve (12) months that meet the requirements in Sections 501, 502 and 503 of these rules. (7-1-21)T
    a. An hour is defined as fifty (50) minutes out of each sixty (60) minute segment. (7-1-21)T
    b. Continuing education credit will only be given for actual time in attendance or for the time spent participating in the educational activity. (7-1-21)T
    c. The educational course setting may include a classroom, conference, seminar, on-line or a virtual classroom. (7-1-21)T
    d. If the licensee completes two (2) or more courses having substantially the same content during any one (1) renewal period, the licensee will only receive continuing education credit for one (1) of the courses. (7-1-21)T 02.

Documentation. Each licensee must maintain documentation verifying continuing education course attendance and curriculum, or completion of the educational activity for a period of five (5) years from the date of completion. This documentation will be subject to audit by the Board. (7-1-21)T a. Documented evidence of meeting the continuing education course requirement must be in the form of a certificate or letter from the sponsoring entity that includes verification of attendance by the licensee, the title of the activity, the subject material covered, the dates and number of hours credited, and the presenter’s full name and professional credentials. Documented evidence of completing a continuing education activity must be in such form as to document both completion and date of the activity. (7-1-21)T b. A licensee must submit the verification documentation to the Board, if requested by the Board. In the event a licensee fails to provide the Board with acceptable documentation of the hours attested to on the renewal application, the licensee may be subject to disciplinary action. (7-1-21)T 03. Waiver. The Board may waive the requirements of this rule for reasons of individual hardship, including health or other good cause. The licensee should request the waiver in advance of renewal and must provide any information requested by the Board to assist in substantiating hardship cases. This waiver is granted at the sole discretion of the Board. (7-1-21)T 04. Carryover of Continuing Education Hours. Continuing education hours not claimed in the current renewal year may be claimed in the next renewal year. A maximum of six (6) hours may be carried forward from the immediately preceding year, and may not be carried forward more than one renewal year. (7-1-21)T 05. Exemption. A licensee is exempt from the continuing education requirements under this Section for the period between the initial issuance of the original license and the first expiration date of that license. (7-1- 21)

T 501. APPROVAL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES. Approved continuing education courses are those courses and programs that meet the requirements of these rules, and are approved, sponsored, or provided by the following entities or organizations, or otherwise approved by the Board: (7-1-21)T 01. A College or University. Accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency as recognized by the United States Secretary of Education; (7-1-21)T 02. Federal, State or Local Governmental Entities; and (7-1-21)T IDAHO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE IDAPA 24.27.01 Div. of Occupational & Professional Licenses Idaho State Board of Massage Therapy Section 502 Page 8 03. National and State Massage Therapy Associations. (7-1-21)T 04. Provider Course Approval. Other courses may be approved by the Board based upon documentation submitted by a continuing education provider. Requests for approval of courses made by the provider must be submitted on a form approved by the Board that includes: (7-1-21)T a. The nature and subject of the course and its relevancy to the practice of massage therapy; (7-1-21)T b. The name of instructor(s) and their qualifications; (7-1-21)T c. The date, time and location of the course; (7-1-21)T d. The specific agenda for the course; (7-1-21)T e. The number of continuing education hours requested; (7-1-21)T f. The procedures for verification of attendance; and (7-1-21)T g. Other information as may be requested by the Board. (7-1-21)T h. Upon review of all information requested, the Board may deny any request for a course that does not meet the requirements of Idaho law or rule. Board approval of a course will be granted for a period not to exceed five (5) years, or until the course materials or instructors are changed, whichever may occur first. (7-1-21)T 05. Licensee Course Approval. Other courses may be approved by the Board based upon documentation submitted by the licensee. All requests for approval must be made to the Board in writing and include the nature and subject of the course and its relevancy to the practice of massage therapy, name of instructor(s) and their qualifications, date, time and location of the course, and procedures for verification of attendance. (7-1-21)
T 502. CONTINUING EDUCATION ACTIVITIES. The following educational activities qualify for continuing education as set forth: (7-1-21)T 01. Teaching a Course For The First Time, Not to Exceed Six Hours. A report must be submitted, including the name of the course, course outline, qualifications for teaching, number of hours taught, number of participants taught, date and location of the training. (7-1-21)T 02. Publishing Articles or Books. The hours awarded as determined at the discretion of the Board. (7-1-21)T 03. Self Study. Using books, audio tapes, video tapes, DVD’s, research materials, professional publications, online sources, and/or other electronic sources/methods documented by a type-written two-page report summarizing the study content. (7-1-21)T 503.

CONTENT OF CONTINUING EDUCATION. The content of continuing education activities and course content must be germane to the practice of massage therapy as defined in Section 54-4002, Idaho Code, and courses in ethics must also be specific to legal issues, law, standards of practice, or ethics. (7-1-21)T 01. Continuing Education. Content germane to the practice of massage therapy includes, but is not limited to: (7-1-21)T a. Applications of massage and bodywork therapy for specific needs, conditions, or client populations. (7-1-21)T b. Client assessment protocols, skills for client record keeping, strategies for interfacing with other IDAHO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE IDAPA 24.27.01 Div. of Occupational & Professional Licenses Idaho State Board of Massage Therapy Section 600 Page 9 health care providers. (7-1-21)T c. Use of external agents such as water, sound, heat, cold, or topical applications of plant or mineralbased substances. (7-1-21)T d. Body-centered or somatic psychology, psychophysiology, or interpersonal skills which may include communication skills, boundary functions, dual relationships, transference, counter-transference, and projection. (7-1-21)T e. Standards of practice, professional ethics, or state laws. (7-1-21)T f. Strategies for the marketing of massage and bodywork therapy practices. (7-1-21)T g. Theory or practice of ergonomics as applied to therapists or clients. (7-1-21)T h. Hygiene, methods of infectious disease control, organization and management of the treatment environment. (7-1-21)T i. Body sciences, which may include anatomy, physiology, kinesiology or pathology, as they apply to massage therapy. (7-1-21)T j. Certified CPR or first aid training.

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Illinois Massage CE requirments

Illinois Board of Massage

Administrative Code:

Section 1284.90 Continuing Education

a) Continuing Education Hours Requirements

1) Beginning with the December 31, 2008 renewal and every renewal thereafter, in order to renew a license, a licensee shall be required to complete 24 hours of continuing education, including at least 2 hours of ethics.

2) A pre-renewal period is the 24 months preceding December 31 of each even-numbered year.

3) One CE hour shall equal 50 minutes.

4) Courses that are part of the curriculum of a university, college or other educational institution shall be allotted CE credit at the rate of 15 CE hours for each semester hour or 10 CE hours for each quarter hour of school credit awarded.

5) A renewal applicant shall not be required to comply with CE requirements for the first renewal of an Illinois license.

6) Massage therapists licensed in Illinois but residing and practicing in other states shall comply with the CE requirements set forth in this Section.

7) Continuing education credit hours used to satisfy the CE requirements of another jurisdiction may be applied to fulfill the CE requirements of the State of Illinois.

b) Approved Continuing Education (CE)

1) CE hours shall be earned by verified attendance at (e.g., certificate of attendance or certificate of completion) or participation in a program or course (program) that is offered or sponsored by an approved continuing education sponsor;

2) All 24 hours of CE credit per renewal may be earned as follows:

A) For completion of a self-study course that is offered by an approved sponsor who meets the requirements set forth in subsection (c). Each self-study course shall include an examination.

B) Credit may be earned for papers prepared and delivered before recognized massage therapy organizations; papers published in nationally recognized massage therapy journals; or a chapter published in a book on massage therapy, each appropriately verified.

C) First time presentation of an academic course or workshop, seminar, in-service, electronic or Web-based course. Speeches made at luncheons or banquets or any other presentation not within the guidelines of this Section are not eligible for CE credit.

c) Approved CE Sponsors and Programs

1) Sponsor shall mean:

A) Entities approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB);

B) The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and its chapters;

C) Any approved massage therapy program or accredited school, college, university or State agency; and

D) Any other person, firm, or association that has been approved and licensed by the Division pursuant to subsection (c)(2) to coordinate and present continuing education courses and programs in conjunction with this Section.

2) An entity seeking licensure as a CE sponsor shall submit an application, on forms supplied by the Division, along with the fee set forth in Section 1284.50. The applicant shall certify to the following:

A) That all programs offered by the sponsor for CE credit will comply with the criteria in subsection (c)(3) and all other criteria in this Section. A sponsor shall be required to submit a CE program with course materials for review prior to being approved as a CE sponsor;

B) That the sponsor will be responsible for verifying attendance at each program and provide a certificate of attendance as set forth in subsection (c)(9);

C) That, upon request by the Division, the sponsor will submit evidence (e.g., certificate of attendance or course materials) as is necessary to establish compliance with this Section. Evidence shall be required when the Division has reason to believe that there is not full compliance with the statute and this Part and that this information is necessary to ensure compliance.

3) All programs shall:

A) Contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional skills and knowledge of the licensee in the practice of massage, which shall include, but not be limited to, ethical reasoning, critical reasoning, interpersonal abilities and performance skills;

B) Be developed and presented by persons with 2 years of education and/or experience in the subject matter of the program;

C) Specify the course objectives, course content and teaching methods to be used; and

D) Specify the number of CE hours that may be applied to fulfilling the Illinois CE requirements for license renewal.

4) Each CE program shall provide a mechanism for evaluation of the program and instructor by the participants. The evaluation may be completed on-site immediately following the program presentation or an evaluation questionnaire may be distributed to participants to be completed and returned by mail. The sponsor and the instructor, together, shall review the evaluation outcome and revise subsequent programs accordingly.

5) An approved sponsor may subcontract with individuals and organizations to provide approved programs.

6) All programs given by approved sponsors shall be open to all licensed massage therapists and not be limited to members of a single organization or group.

7) To maintain approval as a licensed sponsor, each sponsor shall submit to the Division by each even-numbered year a renewal application, the renewal fee specified in Section 1284.50 of this Part, and a list of courses and programs offered within the last 24 months. The list shall include a brief description, location, date and time of each course given.

8) It shall be the responsibility of a sponsor to provide each participant in a program with a certificate of attendance or participation. The sponsor’s certificate of attendance shall contain:

A) The name, address and license number of the sponsor;

B) The name and license number of the participant;

C) A brief statement of the subject matter;

D) The number of hours attended in each program;

E) The date and place of the program; and

F) The signature of the sponsor or person responsible for the CE program.

9) The sponsor shall maintain attendance records for not less than 5 years.

10) The sponsor shall be responsible for assuring that no renewal applicant shall receive CE credit for time not actually spent attending the program.

11) Upon the failure of a sponsor to comply with any of the requirements of this Section, the Division, after notice to the sponsor and hearing before and recommendation by the Board (see 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1110), shall thereafter refuse to accept for CE credit attendance at, or participation in any of that sponsor’s CE programs until such time as the Division receives assurances of compliance with this Section.

12) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Section, the Division or Board may evaluate any sponsor of any approved CE program at any time to ensure compliance with requirements of this Section.

d) Certification of Compliance with CE Requirements

1) Each renewal applicant shall certify, on the renewal application, full compliance with the CE requirements.

2) The Division may require additional evidence demonstrating compliance with the CE requirements (e.g., certificate of attendance). This additional evidence shall be required in the context of the Division’s random audit. It is the responsibility of each renewal applicant to retain or otherwise produce evidence of compliance.

3) When there appears to be a lack of compliance with CE requirements, an applicant shall be notified in writing and may request an interview with the Board. At that time, the Board may recommend that steps be taken to begin formal disciplinary proceedings as required by Section 10-65 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act [5 ILCS 100/10-65].

e) Continuing Education Earned in Other Jurisdictions

1) If a licensee has earned or is seeking CE hours offered in another jurisdiction not given by an approved sponsor for which the licensee will be claiming credit toward full compliance in Illinois, the applicant shall submit an individual program approval request form, along with a $25 processing fee, prior to participation in the program or within 90 days prior to expiration of the license. The Board shall review and recommend approval or disapproval of the program using the criteria set forth in subsection (c)(3) of this Section.

2) If a licensee fails to submit an out of state CE approval form within the required time frame, late approval may be obtained by submitting the approval request form with the $25 processing fee plus a $50 per CE hour late fee not to exceed $300. The Board shall review and recommend approval or disapproval of the program using the criteria set forth in subsection (c)(3) of this Section.

f) Restoration of Nonrenewed License. Upon satisfactory evidence of compliance with the current CE requirements, the Division shall restore the license upon payment of the required fee as provided in Section 1284.50.

g) Waiver of CE Requirements

1) Any renewal applicant seeking renewal of a license without having fully complied with these CE requirements shall file with the Division a renewal application, along with the required fee set forth in Section 1284.50, a statement setting forth the facts concerning noncompliance and request for waiver of the CE requirements on the basis of these facts. A request for waiver shall be made prior to the renewal date. If the Division, upon the written recommendation of the Board, finds, from such affidavit or any other evidence submitted, that extreme hardship has been shown warranting granting a waiver, the Division shall waive enforcement of CE requirements for the renewal period for which the applicant has applied.

2) Extreme hardship shall be determined on an individual basis by the Board and be defined as an inability to devote sufficient hours to fulfilling the CE requirements during the applicable pre-renewal period because of:

A) Full-time service in the armed forces of the United States of America during a substantial part of the pre-renewal period;

B) An incapacitating illness documented by a statement from a currently licensed physician;

C) A physical inability to travel to the sites of approved programs documented by a currently licensed physician; or

D) Any other similar extenuating circumstances.

3) Any renewal applicant who, prior to the expiration date of the license, submits a request for a waiver, in whole or in part, pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be deemed to be in good standing until the final decision on the application is made by the Division.

(Source: Amended at 45 Ill. Reg. 2812, effective March 1, 2021)

Indiana Massage CE Requirements

Indiana Board of Massage:

NO CE Requirements

Iowa Massage CE Requirements

Iowa Board of Massage:

Iowa Laws:

645—133.2(152C) Continuing education requirements. Each biennium, each person who is licensed to practice as a massage therapist in this state shall be required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education. A biennium is a two-year period beginning with the date the license was granted. 133.2(1) The biennial continuing education compliance period shall run concurrently with each two-year renewal period. The renewal period begins on the date the initial license is granted and ends two years later on the day before the anniversary date of that initial license. 133.2(2) Requirements for new licensees. Those persons licensed for the first time shall not be required to complete continuing education as a prerequisite for the first renewal of their licenses. Continuing education hours acquired anytime from the initial licensing until the second license renewal period may be used. 133.2(3) Hours of continuing education credit may be obtained by attending and participating in a continuing education activity meeting the requirements of this chapter. These hours must be in accordance with these rules. 133.2(4) No hours of continuing education shall be carried over into the next renewal period. A licensee whose license was reactivated during the current renewal compliance period may use continuing education earned during the compliance period for the first renewal following reactivation. 133.2(5) The cost of continuing education is the responsibility of each licensee. [ARC 2778C, IAB 10/26/16, effective 11/30/16] 645—133.3(152C,272C)
Continuing education criteria. 133.3(1) General criteria. A continuing education activity which meets all of the following criteria is appropriate for continuing education credit if the continuing education activity: a. Constitutes an organized program of learning which contributes directly to the professional competency of the licensee; b. Pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of the profession; Ch 133, p.2 Professional Licensure[645] IAC 10/26/16 c. Is conducted by individuals who have specialized education, training and experience by reason of which said individuals should be considered qualified concerning the subject matter of the program. At the time of audit, the board may request the qualifications of presenters; d. Fulfills stated program goals, objectives, or both; and e. Provides proof of attendance to licensees in attendance, including: (1) Date, location, course title, presenter(s); (2) Number of program contact hours; and (3) Certificate of completion or evidence of successful completion of the course from the course sponsor. 133.3(2) Specific criteria. A licensee shall obtain a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education credit every two years. A minimum of 8 hours of the 16 hours must be hands-on training. A maximum of 8 hours of the 16 hours may be independent study. Licensees may obtain continuing education hours of credit by: a. Attending workshops, conferences, or symposiums. b. Accessing online training, such as viewing interactive conferences, attending webinars, or completing online training courses. c. Teaching curriculum at a school of massage therapy or presenting professional continuing education programs that meet the criteria listed in this subrule. One hour of credit will be awarded for each hour of presentation. A course schedule or brochure must be maintained for audit. A maximum of 4 hours may be awarded under this paragraph per biennium. d. Completing academic courses that directly relate to the professional competency of the licensee. Official transcripts indicating successful completion of academic courses that apply to the field of massage therapy will be necessary in order for the licensee to receive the following continuing education credits: 1 academic semester hour = 15 continuing education hours of credit 1 academic trimester hour = 12 continuing education hours of credit 1 academic quarter hour = 10 continuing education hours of credit 1 academic clock hour = 1 continuing education hour of credit e. Teaching in an approved college, university, or graduate school. The licensee may receive the following continuing education credits: 1 academic semester hour = 15 continuing education hours of credit 1 academic trimester hour = 12 continuing education hours of credit 1 academic quarter hour = 10 continuing education hours of credit f. Authoring research the results of which are published in a recognized professional publication. The licensee shall receive 5 hours of credit per page. g. Taking courses directly beneficial to business practices necessary for operating a massage practice. Content areas include, but are not limited to, business management, financial management, accounting, tax preparation, marketing, human relations, communication skills, business ethics, and massage ethics. h. Taking courses related to personal skills topics, such as career burnout, communication skills, human relations, and other like topics. i. Completing programs which enhance a supplemental or complementary skillset directly related to promoting the public health while providing massage therapy. Content areas include, but are not limited to, CPR, first aid, mandatory reporter training, contraindication training, sanitation, and geriatric care. j. Passing a board-approved national examination administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Bodywork within the biennial continuing education compliance period. A copy of the applicant’s official notification may be used by the board as verification.

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