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Illinois Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

Illinois Massage Therapists Licensing and Renewal RequirementsState of Illinois Massage Therapist Requirements

Massage Therapy Licensure and Renewal in Illinois

If you’re at least 18 years of age and ready to move into your career as a massage therapist in Illinois, you must obtain a massage license. The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation regulates the licensing of massage therapists and massage schools. 

Massage therapists must successfully complete 600 hours of an approved massage therapy program and pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork's (NCBTMB) examination or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). 

You will also be required complete a verification fingerprint processing from the Illinois Department of State Police (ISP) or an Illinois approved fingerprint vendor agency.

Massage therapists are required to complete 24 hours of Illinois approved continuing education from an approved sponsor every 2 years. 

As an Illinois Approved Continuing Education Sponsor (#9115234) Jumozy Continuing Education offers massage therapy CE courses for your Illinois license renewal.

Massage Therapy Program

The 600 hours of supervised classroom and supervised hands-on instruction massage therapy program at an Illinois approved massage school must include:

  • Human anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.
  • Massage therapy theory, technique and practice.
  • Contraindications, benefits, precautions, history, client data collection, and documentation.
  • Ethics, business and legalities of massage and professional standards.

Massage Instructor Educational Requirement and Licensure

Individual schools are required to submit the qualifications of its instructors (teachers) and a plan to ensure that they are qualified by training and experience to provide effective instruction to teach in the massage subject that they are teaching. 

The State of Illinois requires massage schools to have a faculty demonstrate competence in their areas of teaching as evidenced by a minimum of 2 years or 2000 hours of experience in their field or by appropriate degrees/certificates from approved colleges, schools, institutions and programs. 

Most schools would require that the instructor hold a valid Illinois massage license and be a member in good standing with the Illinois Board of Massage. 

Renewal Time Period

Your massage therapy license expires on December 31 of each even numbered year (every 2 years). You may renew the license during the month preceding the expiration date by paying the required fee and completing continuing education (CE). 

With many approved massage continuing education programs in Illinois, it can be difficult to choose the right massage CE courses and CE provider. 

As a leading NCBTMB approved massage CE provider Jumozy offers many courses for Illinois massage license renewal. Jumozy is an approved CE provider for licensed Illinois massage therapists. See our CE Courses

Late Renewal

It is your responsibility to notify the Illinois Massage Division of any change of address. You must renew your massage license and pay the renewal fee, even if you did not receive a renewal form from the Massage Division. 

If you are practicing on a license that has expired, which is considered unlicensed activity, you will be disciplined and can receive a fine. 

Expired License Renewal and Inactive Status

Massage therapy, while a rewarding career, can be physically demanding on the massage therapist because of many hours of hands-on work. After several years in the field, a massage therapist may want to give their hands a break, take an extended leave after the birth of a child, or participate in active military service. If you are in this situation, you may place your massage license on inactive status and you will be excused from paying renewal fees until you notify the Massage Division in writing of your intention to resume active status. 

Restoring an expired license and inactive status for less than 5 years

If you seek to renew your massage license after it has expired or has been placed on inactive status for less than 5 years you must file an application with the Massage Division, pay a fee of $50 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees, not to exceed $470. You must also show proof of completing 24 hours of continuing education. 

Restoring an expired license and inactive status for 5 years or more

If you seek to renew your massage license after it has expired or has been placed on inactive status for 5 years or more the process is more involved. You must file an application with the Massage Division; pay a fee of $50 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees, not to exceed $470. You must also show proof of completing 24 hours of continuing education. 

In addition, you need to submit the following: 

  • Certification of current licensure from the appropriate state board or licensing authority in another jurisdiction in which you were authorized to practice and proof of active practice. Proof of current active practice shall include a verification of employment completed by the applicant's supervisor or, if self-employed, by a peer or colleague who is familiar with your work.
  • Proof of successful completion of an exam approved by the Massage Division within 2 years prior to the restoration application.

Massage Therapy Continuing Education Approved Provider - Illinois

Jumozy’s massage courses are valid for Illinois CE requirements as we are an Illinois Board of Massage approved continuing education sponsor (#9115234). 

Additionally, courses approved by the NCBTMB are accepted for meeting the license renewal for Illinois. Jumozy Continuing Education is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #452024-12). 

Jumozy offers the following Illinois massage CE courses for your license renewal:

  • Cellulite Massage (3 CE Hrs)
  • Comprehensive Reflexology for the Foot (7.5 CE Hrs)
  • Comprehensive Reflexology for the Hand (7.5 CE Hrs)
  • Craniosacral Therapy (5 CE Hrs)  
  • Deep Tissue Massage Therapy: Extremities (4 CE Hrs)
  • Deep Tissue Massage Therapy: Pelvic Girdle (2.5 CE Hrs)
  • Deep Tissue Massage Therapy: Shoulder Girdle (3 CE Hrs)
  • Full Body Chair Massage (5.5 CE Hrs)
  • Full Body Stone Massage (3 CE Hrs) & (7 CE Hrs)
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Body (4.5 CE Hrs) & (9.5 CE Hrs)
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Face & Neck (2.5 CE Hrs)
  • Myofascial Release (4 CE Hrs)
  • Nurturing Pregnancy Massage (4.75 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Allergies & Asthma (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Anemia, Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, & Poor Blood Circulation (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Headaches & Migraines (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) & Menopause (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Stomach Upset, Constipation & Diarrhea (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Stress, Anxiety, & Depression (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Urinary Tract Infection, Kidney Stones, Kidney Failure & Incontinence (1.5 CE Hrs)
  • Reiki Healing (5 CE Hrs) 

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Continuing Education Hours and Approved Continuing Education (CE)

When you renew your Illinois massage license, every 2 years, you are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education, including at least 2 hours of ethics. A pre-renewal period is the 24 months preceding December 31 of each even-numbered year. 

Courses that are part of the curriculum of a university, college or other educational institution may be applied to fulfill the CE requirements of the State of Illinois. 

CE hours shall be earned by verified attendance at (e.g., certificate of attendance or certificate of completion) or participation in a program or course (program) that is offered or sponsored by an approved continuing education sponsor. 

Online, Correspondence and Self-Study Courses (12 Hours of CE Credits)

Up to 12 hours of CE credits per renewal may be earned for the following: 

  • For completion of a self-study course that is offered by an Illinois approved sponsor. Each self-study course must include an examination. 
  • Credit may be earned for papers prepared and delivered before recognized massage therapy organizations; papers published in nationally recognized massage therapy journals; or a chapter published in a book on massage therapy. 
  • First time presentation of an academic course or workshop, seminar, in-service, electronic or Web-based course. 

All Jumozy massage CE courses are online self-study courses that you may use to fulfill the 12 hours CE credits to meet the Illinois CE requirements. Jumozy is an Illinois approved CE sponsor and NCBTMB approved provider. 

Reporting Completed Courses

When you renew your massage license you must certify, on the renewal application, that you fully comply with the CE requirements. It is your responsibility to retain or otherwise produce evidence of compliance, in case you are required to demonstrate compliance with the CE requirements during the Massage Division’s random audit. 

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Other Things Massage Therapists Need to Know About Licensure

Illinois Massage Application and License Renewal Fees 

The fee for application for a license as a massage therapist is $175. The cost to renew your massage license every 2 years is $175, based on rate of $87.50 per year.

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Washington Massage Therapy Renewal Rules

Washington Massage Therapy Renewal Rules

 

A license is required to practice massage therapy in Washington State. The Washington State Department of Health regulates the licensing of massage therapists and massage schools. Obtaining a license requires completing a massage program and passing a state board examination. The exam is given by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). You will also be required to answer personal data questions, pass a background check, and complete HIV/Aids and first aid training.

 

 Massage Licensing Requirements and Application Process 

  • Complete a massage program approved by the Washington State Board of Massage, or
  • Hold an active massage license in a state with substantially equivalent licensing requirements as Washington State, or
  • Graduate from an out-of-state massage program approved by the requisite regulatory agency/agencies at the applicant’s time of graduation
  • Submit state license verification
  • Answer personal data questions about legal and professional history
  • Background checks
  • Complete HIV/AIDS training – four hours 
  • Successful completion NCBTMB or FSMTB examination
  • First aid and CPR cards or verification from an approved education program


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Massage Therapy Licensure and Renewal in Texas

In Texas, a state license is required to advertise or practice massage therapy. The practice of massage therapy in Texas requires a license from Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Massage therapists are licensed on the basis of education, examination, and criminal background check. Massage therapists are required to complete at least 12 hours of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation TDLR-approved or recognized continuing education to renew a license every 2 years.

As a Texas Board of Massage Approved Continuing Education Provider (#CE1723) Jumozy Continuing Education offers massage therapy CE courses for your Texas license renewal.

Massage Instructor Licensure

Massage instructors must hold a current massage therapist license and meet the 12-hour requirement for that license in order to renew an instructor's license.

Renewal Time Period

A massage therapist license issued under the Texas chapter is valid for two (2) years.

Late Renewal

You are responsible for renewing the license before the expiration date. Even if you did not receive a renewal notice from the department, you are required to renew on time or pay late renewal fees.

Expired License Renewal

Practicing massage therapy on an expired license may result in administrative penalties and sanctions.

If your license has been expired for 90 days or less you may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee that is equal to 1-1/2 times the normally required renewal fee.

If your license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than 18 months you may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee that is equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.

If your license has been expired for at least 18 months but less than three years, on approval by the executive, may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.

Transition from DSHS to TDLR

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Massage Therapy program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on November 1, 2017.

The license you have now, issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

Texas massage therapists should note that the rules have changed. TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on November 1, 2017.

Massage Therapy Continuing Education Approved Provider - Texas

Jumozy’s massage courses are valid for Texas CE requirements as we are a Texas Board of Massage approved continuing education provider (#CE1723).

Additionally, courses approved by the NCBTMB are accepted for meeting the license renewal for Texas. Jumozy Continuing Education is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #452024-12).

Jumozy offers the following Texas massage CE courses for your license renewal:

  • Cellulite Massage (3 CE Hrs)
  • Comprehensive Reflexology for the Foot (7.5 CE Hrs)
  • Comprehensive Reflexology for the Hand (7.5 CE Hrs)
  • Craniosacral Therapy (5 CE Hrs)
  • Full Body Chair Massage (5.5 CE Hrs)
  • Full Body Stone Massage (3 CE Hrs) & (7 CE Hrs)
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Body (4.5 CE Hrs) & (9.5 CE Hrs)
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Face & Neck (2.5 CE Hrs)
  • Myofascial Release (4 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Allergies & Asthma (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Anemia, Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, & Poor Blood Circulation (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Headaches & Migraines (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) & Menopause (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Stomach Upset, Constipation, & Diarrhea (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Stress, Anxiety, & Depression (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Urinary Tract Infection, Kidney Stones, Kidney Failure, & Incontinence (1.5 CE Hrs)

 With more courses on the way.

 Acceptable Course Curriculum

Acceptable continuing education includes attendance and completion of courses that are directly related to the theory or clinical application of theory pertaining to the following:

  • Practice of massage therapy
  • The manipulation of soft tissue
  • Massage therapy laws and rules
  • Business practices
  • Professional ethics
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Health and hygiene

 Bodywork Classes

Most massage and bodywork modalities are acceptable, provided the sponsor (person/company presenting the class/course) is acceptable. Unacceptable modalities would include activities which are not part of providing a massage (e.g. ear candling) or that require another license (e.g. chiropractic adjustments).

Energy Work Classes

Most energy work classes are acceptable, provided the sponsor is acceptable. They must be designed to enhance the provision of massage, and they may not involve any false or misleading health claims (e.g. claiming to cure or treat diseases).

Exercise or Movement Classes

Yoga, martial arts, and exercise classes are not acceptable unless they are specifically designed as self-care for massage therapists.

First Aid or CPR

Courses in first aid and/or CPR will be accepted if the course is taught or presented by a certified First Aid Instructor or certified CPR instructor who was certified by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross or National Safety Council. Courses cannot exceed six hours total each renewal period.

Online or Correspondence Courses

Continuing education that otherwise meets the standards, but is offered or presented online or by correspondence is acceptable only if the subject matter is not massage therapy techniques or manipulation of soft tissue. (Jumozy is a Texas Board of Massage Approved Continuing Education Provider #CE1723.)

Pre-Approval of Coursework

The TDLR does not pre-approve CE programs. Please consult the Acceptable Course Curriculum section of this page (above) to determine whether or not the program is acceptable. If the sponsor, content, and certificate are acceptable, then you may use that program as continuing education for the purpose of license renewal.

All licensed massage therapy schools are also approved to provide continuing education, and may issue either continuing education certificates, or transcripts showing advanced course work (as described in the rules, §117.60. Massage School Advanced Course Work).

Reporting Completed Courses

TDLR uses an audit system for continuing education reporting. Each licensed massage therapist is responsible for maintaining a record of his or her continuing education experiences. The certificates, diplomas, or other documentation verifying continuing education hours should not be forwarded to TDLR at the time of renewal unless the licensee has been selected for audit.

TDLR will select for audit a random sample of licensed massage therapists for each renewal month. If selected for an audit, then you will be notified at the time of your renewal. You will be required to submit copies of certificates, transcripts or other documentation to verify attendance, participation and completion of continuing education requirements. If selected for audit, all documentation must be provided at the time of renewal before the license will be renewed.

The licensee is responsible for maintaining a record of continuing education experiences or certificates. If you are selected for audit, then you will be notified and records will be required to be submitted to TDLR.

Official transcripts do not have to be in a sealed envelope from the school. Transcripts may be submitted by mail to the following address:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
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