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Massage Therapists Laws and Rules Updates


Important Message
 

Starting in 2013, the Florida Department of Health began checking CE records prior to Massage Therapists renewing their license. For the 2015 license renewal and every license renewal going forward, the Board will not renew the Massage Therapist license unless all of the required continuing education credits are completed and recorded in CE Broker.  See the Link to CE Broker for details.

Continuing Education Requirements: Board of Massage Therapy Statute and RuleS.
 

Florida Statute:
480.0415 License renewal.—The board shall prescribe by rule the method for renewal of biennial licensure which shall include continuing education requirements not to exceed 25 classroom hours per biennium. The board shall by rule establish criteria for the approval of continuing education programs or courses. The programs or courses approved by the board may include correspondence courses that meet the criteria for continuing education courses held in a classroom setting.

Florida Board of Massage Therapy Rules on Continuing Education Requirements.

64B7-28.009 Continuing Education.
(1) During each biennium, each licensee shall complete a minimum of one classroom hour of continuing education from a Board-approved provider for each month the license is active, up to a maximum requirement of 24 months for the renewal period.

(2) For the purposes of this chapter a “classroom hour” shall be defined as no less than 50 minutes of any one clock hour during which the student participates in a learning activity of the continuing education provider.
FIRST TIME RENEWAL (3) Continuing education for licensees who are renewing their license for the first time shall include the following:
(a) Two classroom hours of instruction on prevention of medical errors that meets the requirements of Section 456.013(7), F.S.
(b) The remaining classroom hours may be satisfied by completing instruction in any of the subject matter listed in paragraphs 64B7-28.009(4)(a)-(d), F.A.C., of this rule.
FOR ALL OTHER LICENSEES (4) The continuing education requirement for all other licensees, not renewing for the first time, shall include the following:
(a) At least twelve (12) of the classroom hours of instruction must be relevant to and focus on massage therapy techniques, skills, and protocols as defined in Section 480.033(3), F.S. The instruction must be provided in the presence of the Board approved instructor(s) and must include hands-on participation by the licensee and/or a demonstration by the instructor(s).
(b) Two classroom hours of instruction in professional ethics.
This requirement may be satisfied by attending two continuous hours of a meeting of the Board, provided the licensee does not have a disciplinary or licensure matter on the agenda and the licensee signs in and out of the meeting to demonstrate compliance.
(c) Two classroom hours of instruction on Chapters 456 and 480, F.S., and the rules promulgated by the Board. This requirement may be satisfied by attending two continuous hours of a meeting of the board, provided the licensee does not have a disciplinary or licensure matter on the agenda and the licensee signs in and out of the meeting to demonstrate compliance.
(d) Two classroom hours of instruction on prevention of medical errors that meets the requirements of Section 456.013(7), F.S.

Rulemaking Authority 456.013(7), (8), 480.035(7), 480.0415 FS. Law Implemented 456.013(7), (9), 480.0415 FS. History–New 4-21-86, Amended 2-25-88, 8-29-88, 1-30-90, 10-2-90, Formerly 21L-28.009, Amended 8-16-94, 6-5-95, 2-12-97, Formerly 61G11-28.009, Amended 8-16-98, 3-15-99, 9-20-99, 11-28-02, 2-13-05, 3-1-07, 5-1-07, 1-2-14, 9-1-15.

64B7-28.0095 Continuing Education for Pro Bono Services.
(1) Up to 6 hours of continuing education per biennium in satisfaction of the live classroom hours that include instruction, Rule 64B7-28.0095, F.A.C., Continuing Education for Pro Bono Services.
(2) Up to 6 hours of continuing education per biennium in satisfaction of the live classroom hours that include instruction, demonstration and/or hands on practice in Rule 64B7-28.009, F.A.C., may be awarded, on an hour per hour basis, for the performance of pro bono services to the indigent, underserved populations or in areas of critical need within the state where the licensee practices. The standard for determining indigence shall be that recognized by the Federal Poverty income guidelines produced by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
(3) In order to receive credit under this rule, the licensee must receive prior approval from the Board by submitting a formal request for approval on form DH-MQA 1243 “Request for Approval of Continuing Education for Pro Bono Services For the Biennial Renewal period of ______ (rev. 04/13)” http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03420, hereby adopted and incorporated by reference, and can be obtained from the Department of Health’s website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/MQA/massage, which must include the following information:
(a) The type, nature and extent of services to be rendered;
(b) The location where the services will be rendered;
(c) The number of patients expected to be served; and
(d) A statement indicating that the patients to be served are indigent, underserved or in an area of critical need.
(4) A statement of completion of preapproved services performed must be submitted on form DH-MQA 1244 (rev. 4/13) “Statement of Performance of Continuing Education Credits for Preapproved Pro Bono Services for the Biennial Renewal Period of ______ Pursuant to Rule 64B7-28.0095, F.A.C.,” incorporated herein by reference, and available at http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03421. The form can be obtained from the Board of Massage Therapy, ATTN: Pro Bono Services, 4052 Bald Cypress Way #C-06, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256 or from the following website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/MQA/massage.
(5) Approval for pro bono services is only granted for the biennium for which it is sought. The licensee must request approval for each biennium they wish to receive credit for pro bono services.
Rulemaking Authority 456.013, 480.0415 FS. Law Implemented 456.013, 480.0415 FS. History–New 5-5-04, Amended 12-6-06, 2-28-12, 12-8-13.

64B7-28.010 Requirements for Board Approval of Continuing Education Programs.
(1) In order to receive Board approval as a provider to provide one or more programs, an applicant shall:
(a) Submit a completed Massage Continuing Education Programs Provider Registration Application, Form B: Course Offering Data Form, Form # DH-MQA 1258 (rev. 7/13/13), and Massage Continuing Education Provider Application – Form C:  Instructor Qualifications Form, Form # DH-MQA 1259 (rev. 7/13/13), incorporated herein by reference, and a non-refundable application fee of $100.00. Copies of the forms may be obtained at the following website https://www.cebroker.com/public/pb_educational_providers.aspx or http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03640 and http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-03641.
(b) Sign and abide by written agreement to:
1. Provide an identifiable person to be responsible for ensuring that each program presented under their Board of Massage Therapy provider registration number meets program requirements set forth in subsection (2) or (3) below.
2. Retain a “sign-in-sheet” with the signature of participants and copies of any promotional materials for at least 4 years following the course.
3. Provide each participant with a certificate of attendance verifying the program has been completed. The certificate shall not be issued until completion of the program and shall contain the provider’s name and registration number, title of program and program number, instructor, date, number of contact hours of credit, the licensee’s name and license number.
4. Notify the Board of any significant changes relative to the maintenance of standards as set forth in these rules.
Must be live (2) Each continuing education program presented to meet the requirements of paragraph 64B7-28.009(2)(a), F.A.C., shall:
(a) Be taught via live classroom instruction including hands-on instruction and/or demonstration;
(b) Have stated learning objectives;
(c) Be instructed by a person who meets at least one of the following criteria:
1. Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in a subject directly related to the content of the program to be offered, or
2. Has graduated from a school of massage or an apprenticeship program which has a curriculum equivalent to requirements in this state and was approved by a state licensing authority, a nationally recognized massage therapy association, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body, or the Board, and has completed three years of professional experience in the practice of massage, and
a. Has, within the last five years of practical experience, had a minimum of two years teaching experience in the subject matter to be offered, or
b. Has taught the same courses on this approved subject a minimum of 3 times in the past 2 years before a professional convention, professional group or at a massage therapy school, or
c. Has completed specialized training in the subject matter and has a minimum of two years of practical experience in the subject, or
3. Is licensed as a massage therapist in another state or foreign sovereign state having standards of education or apprenticeship training substantially similar to or more stringent than those required for licensure in Florida and has practiced massage therapy for a minimum of 10 years, and
a. Has, within the last five years of practical experience, had a minimum of two years teaching experience in the subject matter to be offered, or
b. Has taught the same courses on this approved subject a minimum of 3 times in the past 2 years before a professional convention, professional group or at a massage therapy school, or
c. Has completed specialized training in the subject matter and has a minimum of two years of practical experience in the subject, or
4. Has taught at a school of massage which has a curriculum equivalent to requirements in this state and was approved by a state licensing authority, a nationally recognized massage therapy association, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body, or the Board for a minimum of two years, and
a. Has, within the last five years of practical experience, had a minimum of two years teaching experience in the subject matter to be offered, or
b. Has taught the same courses on this approved subject a minimum of 3 times in the past 2 years before a professional convention, professional group or at a massage therapy school, or
c. Has completed specialized training in the subject matter and has a minimum of two years of practical experience in the subject.
Can be live or home study (3) Each continuing education program presented to meet the requirements of paragraphs 64B7-28.009(2)(b), (c), (d) or subsection (3), F.A.C., shall:
(a) Be taught via live classroom instruction or by correspondence, home study, video or digital media, or distance learning;
(b) Have stated learning objectives;
(c) Include a test graded by the provider if the course is not taught via live classroom instruction;
(d) Be instructed by a person who meets at least one of the following criteria:
1. Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in a subject directly related to the content of the program to be offered, or
2. Has, within the last five years of practical experience, had a minimum of two years teaching experience in the subject matter to be offered, or
3. Has taught the same courses on this approved subject a minimum of 3 times in the past 2 years before a professional convention, professional group, or at a massage therapy school, or
4. Has completed specialized training in the subject matter and has a minimum of two years of practical experience in the subject.
(4) The Board retains the right and authority to audit and/or monitor programs given by any provider. The Board will reject individual programs given by a provider if the provider has disseminated any false or misleading information in connection with the continuing education program, or if the program provider has failed to conform to and abide by the written agreement and rules of the Board.
(5) One classroom hour of continuing education is defined as no less than 50 uninterrupted minutes of learning.
(6) Presenters/moderators/instructors of courses shall not receive credit for courses they present.
(7) A provider of Board approved programs must revise and update all course materials that are affected by changes occurring during the biennial renewal period. The Board will rescind approval of any program that is found to be obsolete, erroneous, and/or outside the scope of practice, or if the Board determines the program provider has violated the Board’s rules or Chapter 456 or 480, F.S. The revised course materials must be submitted with the biennial renewal form and renewal fee.
(8) Provider registration numbers must be renewed biennially on or before August 31 of the biennial renewal year. The provider must return the renewal form provided by the department together with a renewal fee of $50.00. If the renewal form and renewal fee are not received by the department on or before August 31 of the biennial year, the provider must submit a new application for approval of any continuing education programs offered for license renewal or initial licensure requirements, and, if any programs are approved, receive a new provider registration number.
(9) The following courses, that meet the criteria for approval under this section, are approved by the Board:
(a) Organized and accepted courses of study offered by providers approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork;
(b) Organized courses offered by a Board Approved Massage School;
(c) Continuing education courses offered by or sponsored by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy;
(d) Continuing education courses sponsored by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association; and
(e) Continuing education courses sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association or the American Massage Therapy Association Florida Chapter.
Rulemaking Authority 456.013(8), (9), 456.025(7), 456.036, 480.035(7), 480.0415 FS. Law Implemented 456.013(8), (9), 456.025(7), 456.036, 480.0415 FS. History–New 4-21-86, Amended 9-14-87, 8-29-88, 2-8-89, 3-12-90, 1-3-91, Formerly 21L-28.010, Amended 9-30-93, 8-16-94, 6-12-95, 2-12-97, Formerly 61G11-28.010, Amended 2-18-98, 10-26-98, 9-20-99, 11-4-99, 11-21-02, 10-12-03, 12-13-05, 7-5-06, 2-25-07, 5-8-07, 1-26-14.