Massage Therapist Continuing Education Requirements
Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7DD suspending for six (6) months the continuing education requirements for massage therapists. Licensees with expiration dates between April 30, 2020 and October 31, 2020 are not required to complete the continuing education required for license renewal.
Connecticut licensees are required to participate in continuing education (CE) activities. Please note the following:
Number of Hours
Each licensee applying for license renewal shall complete a minimum of 24 hours of qualifying continuing education every 4 years.
The continuing education shall be in areas related to the licensee's practice, including, but not limited to, courses offered by providers that are approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. No more than 6 hours of continuing education can be achieved in via Internet-based or distance learning programs. No more than 12 hours can be obtained from programs not approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The Department does not approve continuing education courses, pre-approve specific coursework for individual licensees or maintain a list of continuing education courses.
Documentation Requirements/Record Retention
Each licensee must obtain a certificate of completion from the provider of the continuing education for all continuing education hours that are successfully completed and shall retain such certificate for a minimum of 6 years. Upon request by the Department, the licensee shall submit the certificate to the Department. A licensee who fails to comply with the continuing education requirements, including failure to maintain proof of course completion, shall be subject to disciplinary action.Each licensee applying for license renewal will be asked to attest that the licensee satisfies the continuing education requirements. Certificates of completion should not be mailed to the Department unless a licensee is specifically directed to do so.
A licensee who is applying for license renewal for the first time is exempt from continuing education requirements until such licensee’s next registration period.
Mandatory continuing education activities are not required for individuals who have been continuously licensed as a massage therapist in Connecticut since February 1, 1994.
The Department may, for a licensee or certificate holder who has a medical disability or illness, grant a waiver of the continuing education requirements for a specific period of time or may grant the licensee or certificate holder an extension of time in which to fulfill the requirements. Waivers must be requested annually, at the time of license or certificate renewal. Please select this link for the required form to utilize in requesting a waiver.