New York Therapists: Mandatory Continuing Education Now Required for Your Renewal

Effective January 1, 2012, massage therapists practicing under his/her New York license must take continuing education. You are now required to complete 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education during each three-year registration period.

Practitioners renewing their licenses in the next three years (2012-2015) will have to complete continuing education hours at the rate of one hour of acceptable formal continuing education per month. For example, if you are due to renew in June 2012, you’ll have to take 6 hours of continuing education in order to renew.

We strongly suggest you read through the Questions and Answers for Massage Therapists on the Board’s website, including a chart that clarifies how many hours of continuing education will be required for your renewal date .

You are not required to take continuing education during the three-year registration period in which you are first licensed. So if you just took the New York State Massage Therapy Exam and received your license within the last couple years, you aren’t required to complete continuing education in order to renew for the first time.

Please review detailed information about approved subject matter and approved sponsors of acceptable continuing education at