The Washington Board of Massage revised the Washington Administrative Code in August 2020. The rules are now final and are effective September 1, 2021. The rules amend definitions, the out-of-state application process, transfer programs, school approval, training hours, faculty, continuing education, standards of practice, and recordkeeping. They also create a new section on gluteal cleft and perineum massage.
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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Senate Bill 5229 requires licensees to complete health equity continuing education training at least once every four years to address how bias, racism, and poverty are health inequities and how to develop skills to care effectively for patients.
The Washington State Board of Massage's Multicultural Health and Equity Committee is having their first meeting April 27, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. PST in a virtual format open to the public to join.
The Washington Board of Massage revised the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) in August 2020. The new rules increase the minimum number of education and training hours from 500 to 625 hours. The new rules are effective September 1, 2021.
The Washington Board of Massage is accepting applications for a professional member. Applications are due by August 14, 2020.
Many counties entered Phase 2 in Governor Jay Inslee's Safe Start Washington plan—a county-by-county approach to reopening the state.
HB 1082 would require all licensed massage therapists and certified reflexologists to carry a government-issued photo identification with them at all times when practicing.
The Washington Board of Massage continues to work on new massage therapy rule language. The rules writing process is open to the public, and the public is welcome to take part in helping the Board write rules. Draft rules language is available on the Board's Rules in Progress webpage.