Senate Bill 219, providing for the state registration of massage therapists, was signed into law by Governor Ritter on June 2, 2008. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2008. However, applications for state registration will not become available until April 1, 2009 at the earliest. There is no action for you to take at this time. ABMP will continue to keep members informed. The law will benefit the massage therapy community in three primary ways:
- Minimum training requirements and scope of practice are defined.
- An avenue for consumer complaint is established.
- Local regulations will be pre-empted, meaning massage therapists would register with the state and will no longer have to become licensed in their city.
- The applicant has completed a minimum 300-hour massage therapy program and has a minimum of 5 years professional experience, OR
- The applicant has completed a minimum 500 hour massage therapy program, OR
- The applicant has passed either the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) or one of the National Certification Exams (NCE) offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).