A bill, sponsored by Senator Hammond, will be introduced in the Idaho Senate early next week. If passed, the bill would require massage therapists to become licensed by the state and establish a Board of Massage Therapy to implement the process. The bill would set minimum training requirements, define a scope of practice, provide an avenue for consumer complaint, and pre-empt local regulations. Generous grandfathering requirements for current practitioners For a period of two years, existing practitioners would be able to qualify for a state license by meeting one of the following criteria:
- Has completed a massage program consisting of a minimum of 500 hours; or
- Has completed a massage program of at least 300 hours and has practiced massage for at least 5 hours a week for a period of 3 years; or
- Has completed a massage program of at least 200 hours and has practiced massage for at least 5 hours a week for a period of 5 years; or
- Has been an active member of a national massage therapist association (such as ABMP) which provides professional liability insurance for at least a year; or
- Has passed an examination approved by the board.