Oregon

State Board of Massage Therapists
610 Hawthorne Ave SE, Suite 220
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-365-8657
Fax: 503-385-4465
Email: obmt.info@state.or.us

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 625 hours, and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 25 hours/2 years
1 hr CE: pain management
1 hr CE: cultural competency
15 contact hours required
(can include online if interactive)

Regulation Type: 
State License

Oregon Extends Massage Therapy CE Requirements and Late Fee Waiver—Effective July 1, 2021

The Oregon State Board of Massage Therapists voted to extend the waiver that removes late fees for license renewals and to keep continuing education requirements at the statutorily required 12 hours to assist licensed massage therapists during the transition into a post-COVID-19 working environment.

Proposed Oregon Massage CE Changes

The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) is proposing changes to the continuing education (CE) rules for massage therapists. The proposed changes include reducing the required number of CE hours from 25 to 12 hours bi-annually, among other changes. The CE proposals will be addressed at the regular OBMT Board meeting on September 17, 2018. Click here for the draft rules containing the CE proposals (scroll to page 13).

New Oregon CE Rules

Changes to Oregon Continuing Education Rules

The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists recently adopted changes to the state’s continuing education (CE) rules.  These changes go into effect on July 1, 2016. All licensees renewing their licenses on or after July 1, 2016, must have fulfilled these CE requirements when they renew, unless they are renewing their license for the first time. 

Oregon Bill Regulating Bodywork and Increasing Entry Level Education Standards Signed into Law

Oregon SB 298, discussed in our previous Legislative Update, was signed into law by Governor Brown on June 18, 2015, with certain important changes over the original version of the bill. 

In general, the new law regulates massage and bodywork practitioners in same manner as current law with a few changes; changes which should have little effect on current Oregon licensees. The new law goes into effect January 1, 2016.

Oregon Bill Proposes Increasing Entry Level Education Standards and the Regulation of Bodywork

A new bill, Oregon SB 298, has been introduced in the Oregon Senate that proposes to regulate bodywork practitioners in same manner that Oregon law currently regulates massage therapists. Under the bill, those practicing bodywork would be required to obtain a state license, just as massage practitioners are currently required to do. “Bodywork” is defined in the bill as: “any form of touch therapy that uses manipulation, movement, energy or repatterning to produce structural and functional c

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