New York

Office of the Professions: Massage Therapy
89 Washington Ave
Second Floor
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-474-3817 ext. 410
Fax: 518-474-1449
Note: Massage category is #27.
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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 1000 hours and state exam
Renewal: 36 hours/3 years
Up to 36 hours can be online. Provider should be NY approved.

Regulation Type: 
State License

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.  

NY Proposes Rules for CE Requirements – Comment Now

NY Update on Continuing Education Requirements

Senate Bill 5431 was signed into law on August 30, 2010. Beginning January 1, 2012, the law requires massage therapists to complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE) during each triennial registration period. The State Department of Education (Department), Office of the Professions, with input from the State Board of Massage Therapy, has proposed rules regarding the implementation of the new continuing education requirements. The proposal was published on June 29, 2011.

New Continuing Education Requirements in NY

Governor David Paterson signed SB 5431 into law on August 30, 2010 after the bill was rushed through the legislature. The law will require massage therapists to complete 36 hours of continuing education during each triennial registration period. Of this, a maximum of twelve hours may be self-instruction. Licensees will have to complete a prorated number of continuing education requirements in the first triennial registration period. Licensees could be granted an exemption by the department for reasons of hardship or military service.

New York Budget Proposal Would Tax Massage

On December 16, 2008, Governor Paterson released the Executive Budget plan for 2009-2010. In an effort to reduce a record $13.7 billion budget deficit, the Executive Budget recommends increasing and extending taxes and fees along with spending cuts in virtually all government programs. If the recommended budget is passed, massage therapists would potentially be affected by three proposed measures:


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