Colorado

Colorado Office of Massage Therapy Licensure
1560 Broadway, Suite1350
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7800
Fax: 303-894-7764
Email: dora_massagetherapists@state.co.us

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Qualifications: 500 hours, and MBLEX or NCETMB
Renewal: no CEU requirement/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State License

Colorado COVID-19 State Update: May 1, 2020, Return to Work

The Government Relations team that represents ABMP, ASCP, AHP, and ANP has been working with the Governor's office and DORA and received Governor Polis's April 27, 2020, guidance, which allows for massage therapists, estheticians, and cosmetologists to return to work May 1, 2020. https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home/safer-at-home-personal-services

Colorado COVID-19 State Update for Massage Therapists

There have been many changes in the massage therapy and cosmetology industries and communities in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), from executive orders affecting businesses, to distance learning modifying the student experience. ABMP, ASCP, AHP, and ANP have summarized below how COVID-19 has impacted the licensing regulations and laws in the state of Colorado, and we encourage you to look at the information regarding the economic assistance information outlined at the bottom of this email, which addresses financial aid, unemployment benefits, and other programs.

March 22, 2017 Stakeholder Meeting on Proposed Changes to Massage Rules

The Colorado Department of Regulation (DORA), Office of Massage Therapy Licensure will hold a Stakeholder Meeting on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 1:30 pm to discuss proposed Massage Therapy Rules 4, Rule 5 and Rule 13. Per the notice sent out by the state, "stakeholder input is crucial to achieving the Department's missions of consumer protection and effective licensure and enforcement, without unnecessary impediment to the economic market."  We encourage you to attend the meeting if you're interested in the rulemaking process and would like to be heard.

Grace Period for CO Massage License Renewals

We have received new information from the State about massage licensing renewals. Per its notification below, DORA's Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) will be allowing a grace period for this year's renewals, until March 31, 2017, with no late fee. This means that you will have until March 31, 2017 to renew your license and pay the $179 license renewal fee, instead of December 31, 2016.

Update on Colorado HB 1320

As discussed in our previous update, Colorado House Bill 1320 was initiated this legislative session by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The intention of the bill was to close loopholes in the current Massage Therapy Practice Act that are being exploited for illegal activity. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Foote and Carver, and Senator Cooke.

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