The Washington Board of Massage and Department of Health (Department) have proposed two new rules related to health equity that affect continuing education and initial training requirements. You can share your thoughts on the rules with the Department by July 7.
Washington Legislative and Policy Developments
Dept of Health: Massage Therapist
PO Box 47877
Olympia, WA 98504-7877
Title: Licensed Massage Therapists
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB. After Sept 1, 2021: 625 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB.
Renewal: 24 hours/2 years
Max 12 hours online
Min 8 hours hands-on
4 hours of ethics or WA law
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The Washington legislature introduced House Bill 1437, the Massage Compact, in January 2023. The bill will make it easier for licensed massage therapists to work in other jurisdictions. If you believe an interstate license would benefit massage therapists, write a letter to your representatives.
The Washington Board of Massage (Board) must adopt health equity continuing education rules. Find out how you can participate in the rule-drafting process at the upcoming Board meeting on January 6, 2023.
The Washington Board of Massage (Board) and the Department of Health and Health Systems Quality Assurance Division are now accepting applications to fill the seat for the public member position.
The Washington Board of Massage and the Department of Health and Health Systems Quality Assurance Division are now accepting applications from massage educators or massage school owners.
The Washington Board of Massage extended the hands-on continuing education policy's expiration date through December 31, 2022.
The Washington Department of Health and Health Systems Quality Assurance Division is now accepting applications from licensed massage therapists to fill professional member vacancies on the Board of Massage. Apply for an appointment today!
On March 30, 2022, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5753, which increases the number of members on the Washington Board of Massage from four to seven.
The Washington Board of Massage met to discuss the ongoing difficulty in obtaining hands-on continuing education during COVID-19 and voted to push back the date for massage therapists to meet CE requirements until June 30, 2022.
Washington’s personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile is available to help support state agencies, counties, and other partners to meet COVID-19 PPE requests through October 31, 2021. Health-care providers and businesses are encouraged to order PPE to help return the state’s PPE stockpile back to pre-COVID levels before it expires.