Why must massage therapists complete massage continuing education?
Most of us see the need for continuing education. Continuing education is beneficial to massage therapists, as well as the their clients. Although the traditional technique of massage has not drastically changed, our world changed. Because of these changes, we as individual practitioners and as a profession need to grow. In our practices, we must understand how to sensibly and ethically utilize social media marketing. We must also inform our clientele, the general public, as well as other healthcare professionals about current research regarding massage therapy. An increasing number of therapists are learning, or have a desire to understand, methods to navigate the field of insurance reimbursement. As massage therapy embeds itself further into the mainstream health care system, on-going education will be essential for keeping LMT’s up-to-date on indications, contraindications, and evolving prescription drugs that can be affected by therapeutic massage. Everyone can easily study these changes with on-going massage training.
Where can LMT’s find massage courses?
Look online. Web based courses, workbooks, digital books, or DVDs aren’t only convenient and affordable; they will help introduce you to many massage techniques before deciding on an area you would like to target in your massage business. Taking required ethics classes, or other continuing education courses via the internet helps to keep you out of the classroom on weekends.
Get in touch with your school, or another one in your area. Inquire about the school’s CE calendar. Check schools near you online, as well. Quite a few will publish future training seminars on their site. Schools can be a very suitable location to find hands-on seminars which might be required to renew a massage license.
Consider association conventions. Most AMTA State Chapters sponsor a convention annually, at a minimum. There are more and more possibilities to vacation and fulfill CE requirements. The AMTA holds a National Convention each year. The World Massage Festival, American Massage Conference, and Canadian Massage Conference are also common choices. If you want to travel while learning about massage, there are several great events around the nation. Conventions can be ideal environments to experience training from notable massage professionals, stroll though trade events, and mingle with peers.
So what massage CE training am I required to take?
That all will depend on where you live, what certifications you maintain, and what company you buy professional liability insurance from each year. A number of state boards require 36 hours every three years, while others mandate 24 hours every other year. A handful of states don’t require additional massage training at all. Given that I cannot include every state in this article, I’ll try to go over the basic CE criteria.
NCBTMB: To renew your certification with the NCBTMB, you need to complete 48 hours of CE training every four years. Your continuing education needs six hours of ethics. The entire 48 hours may be taken home study.
Florida Board of Massage – Florida licensees must complete 2 hours of Roles and Boundaries, 2 hours of Florida Massage Law, 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors, and a one hour class regarding HIV/AIDS every renewal period (2 years). Florida will allow 12 of the 24 hours to be taken in a home study format.
AMTA members need to take 48 CE hours every four years.
ABMP Members: Therapists who are “certified level members” will need to complete sixteen hours of CEU’s every 2 years. Members at the “Professional” or “Practitioner” level have no requirements to fulfill any CE training.