On April 3rd, 2012, Governor Otter signed Senate Bill 1295a into law. The law requires massage therapists to become licensed by the state and establishes a Board of Massage Therapy to implement the process. The law also establishes minimum training requirements, defines a scope of practice, provides an avenue for consumer complaints, and pre-empts local regulations. Qualifications for licensure the first 2 years (grandfathering) The qualifications for licensure are outlined in the law. For a period of two years from the time applications become available, massage practitioners will 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 (on average) 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 (on average) for a period of 5 years; or
- Has been an active professional member for at least a year, as a massage therapist, of a national massage therapist association (such as ABMP) which provides professional liability insurance; or
- Has passed an examination approved by the board.