Starting 10/1/19 750 Hours of Massage Education Plus Internship Required for New Licensees and Liability Insurance Required for All Licensees

A new law in Connecticut states that, starting on October 1, 2019, all new applicants for massage therapy licensure must have completed 750 hours of massage education plus at least sixty hours of unpaid and supervised clinical or internship experience  The law states:

Each person seeking licensure as a massage therapist on and after October 1, 2019, shall ... have graduated from a school of massage therapy offering a course of study of not less than seven hundred fifty classroom hours, with the instructor present, that, at the time of the applicant's graduation, has a current school code assigned by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and was either (i) accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or by a state board of postsecondary technical trade and business schools, or (ii) accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, and (B) in addition to the requirement set forth in subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of this subsection, have completed not less than sixty hours of unpaid and supervised clinical or internship experience.  [Emphasis added].

This requirement applies only to people applying for a license for the first time on or after October 1, 2019, not to existing licensees.

The new law also requires that, starting on October 1, 2019, all licensees (not just new licensees) must hold liability insurance with a minimum $500,000 per person, per occurrence limit and an aggregate limit of not less than $1 million.  ABMP's liability insurance benefit for individual members falls within these limits.

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