Continuing Education (CE)
Continuing Ed (CE) Requirements for Massage Therapists in Michigan
Massage Therapy Continuing Education
Massage Therapist (MT) licenses in Michigan expire on October 31. The first license you receive is an initial license that is issued for up to 1 year. You will not need CE to renew your initial license. Every license after that will be issued for three years. and will need to be renewed every three years thereafter. MT’s will need 18 hours of CE every time you renew 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 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.
You may not earn CE for a program or activity that is the same as a program or activity that 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
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. Click here for a full copy of the rules.