New Jersey Massage Therapy Laws
Does the New Jersey Massage Board accept Massage Specialties CEUs continuing education courses?
Continuing Education Questions
- Am I required to complete continuing education courses in order to renew my license?
Answer: Yes. Each licensee must complete during the preceding biennial renewal period 20 credit hours of continuing education related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy. These 20 credit hours must include at least two hours in the subject of ethics.
For Example: Massage and Bodywork Therapy licenses that expire on November 30, 2014. Licensees must complete 20 credit hours of continuing education between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2014.
Courses that are related solely to the business practice of licensees and courses in practices which licensees are prohibited from engaging in WILL NOT satisfy the continuing education requirements.
- If I was licensed during the first year of the biennial renewal period (December 1st of every even year through November 30th of every odd year), how many continuing education credits do I need to complete before my license expires?
Answer: You must complete 20 credit hours of continuing education credits for that biennial renewal period.
- If I was licensed during the second year of the biennial renewal period (December 1st of every odd year through November 30th of every even year), how many continuing education credits do I need to complete before my license expires?
Answer: You must complete 10 credit hours of continuing education credits for that biennial renewal period. The 10 credit hours must include at least two hours in ethics.
- When and where do I send my continuing education certificates of completion?
Answer: Do not send documentation to the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy unless you receive an official “continuing education audit” letter. If your name is selected at random to be audited, you will then be provided with specific instructions and you will have 14 days from receipt of the continuing education audit letter to submit all of the pertinent documents to the Board. N.J.A.C. 13:37A-4.3(b) requires all licensees to retain continuing education documentation for a period of four years after completion of the credit hours.
1. How many credits can be obtained from courses presented online or through DVDs?
Answer: A maximum of six of the mandatory 20 credit hours of continuing education can be obtained from courses presented online (Internet courses) or through DVD courses.
1. How many credits can I carry over into the succeeding biennial period?
Answer: A licensee who completes more than the required 20 hours of continuing education credits in any biennial period may carry no more than 18 of the additional credit hours into a succeeding biennial period. A licensee who carries over credits into a biennial period must complete, during that biennial period, at least two hours in the subject of ethics. Two hours of ethics education must be completed for every biennial renewal period.
1. Which continuing education courses or programs are approved?
Answer: A licensee may obtain continuing education credit hours from courses or programs related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy, one credit hour for each hour of instruction. Courses and programs must be approved by, or offered by providers approved by:
- The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
- The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)
- The Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- The American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA)
- The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FMSTB)
- The International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI)
- The American Medical Association (AMA)
- National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
- National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Asian Bodywork Therapy Examination
- The Rolf Foundation
A state board of massage and bodywork, physical therapy or chiropractic.