Continuing Education (CE)
Continuing Ed (CE) Requirements for Massage Therapists in Michigan
Good News: We finally know when we will need to have CE for licensure renewal. You won’t need them for a while.
The guidelines about when you will need them are a little confusing. I’ve tried to explain them in a simple to understand format.
Massage Therapy Continuing Education
Massage Therapist (MT) licenses in Michigan expire on October 31 and will need to be renewed every three years. MT’s will need 18 hours of CE every time you renew a three year license. The question is when do you need CE for the first time.
If your next renewal is for a three year license that expires on October 31, 2018, 2019, or 2020, you will have three years to acquire 18 hours of CE for your 2021, 2022, 2023 renewal.
If your renewal is 2017, you will not need CE in 2017 or in 2020. You will need CE after your 2020 renewal for your 2023 renewal.
Your license has on it when it was issued and when it expires, so you can figure out if it was issued for three years.
Massage Therapists will not need CE to renew their initial one year license. Your license will either be an initial license or a three year license.
The 18 hours of CE must include: 1 hour of pain management, and 2 hours of Professional Ethics/Boundaries. These requirements must be met with every three year renewal.
Human Trafficking Requirement
(for all professions licensed under the Public Health Code)
This is a one-time requirement that must be completed by all Massage Therapists (MTs) renewing their licenses starting in 2020 (2nd renewal).
The requirement is a “content” requirement and not an “hours” requirement. The content is outlined in the Massage Therapy rules. You will need proof of completion of this training to renew your license if you graduated before 2022 and did not have this training as part of your massage training.
All new applicants for licensure beginning in 2022 will be required to have Human Trafficking training as part of their Massage Therapy curriculum in school.
Additional Rules Regarding CE
CE hours cannot be carried over from one three-year licensing period to the next. The CE has to be earned during the three-year period immediately preceding your renewal date in order for it to count when you renew.
Not more than 12 hours of continuing education shall be earned during a 24-hour period.
You may not earn CE for a program or activity that is substantially identical to a program or activity for which you have already earned CE during that renewal period.
A licensee shall not earn CE in topics that are excluded from the Massage Therapy licensure which includes: Feldenkrais; Trager; Polarity or polarity therapy; Asian bodywork therapy; Reiki; Shiatsu; Reflexology; or Structural integration.
Eligible CE Providers
You can earn hours in live or online classes, or via self-study programs.
Courses must be offered by:
• A sponsor approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB);
• The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) or a sponsor approved by the FSMTB; or
• An educational institution or program that has been accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) or utilizes a COMTA endorsed curriculum for its entire program.
There are other ways to earn CE hours which are outlined in the rules document. The Continuing Education portion of the rules is Section 4 and starts on page 9 of the rules.
Document Created by:
AMTA Government Relations Chairperson, Michigan Chapter