Biennial Renewal Requirements
By October of each renewal year, license and registration holders shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 hours within the previous 24 months as follows:
1. 3 hours in professional ethics or jurisprudence;
2. 3 hours in communicable disease education this includes AIDS/HIV;
3. 1 hour in diversity or cultural competency.
4. 17 hours in massage-related courses as approved by the Board; and
5. A current CPR certificate
Any LMT or RMP with an initial license or registration (first time issuance of a license or registration) issued less than 12 months before a Biennial Renewal is exempt from CEU Requirements BUT must still renew the license or registration issued. (COMAR 10.65.05.03)
Approval of Continuing Education Programs.
A “Pre-Approved Provider” of massage therapy continuing education courses is no longer required to submit an application for approval to the Board provided their programs cover one or more of a specified list of subjects. (COMAR 10.65.05.02).
A. The Board shall:
(1) Base approval of continuing education programs solely on content;
(2) Ensure that continuing education programs are directed toward improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skill and knowledge related to massage therapy.
B. A course or program offered by a pre-approved provider is approved without further review and is exempted from the requirements of Regulation .04 this chapter, provided that the course or program pertains to the human anatomy and includes any of the following topics:
(1) Massage practice modalities, application, scope, and philosophy;
(3) Massage therapy theory, technique, studies, and research;
(4) Professional ethics, jurisprudence, and risk management;
(5) Recordkeeping and professional business practices;
(6) Diversity, communications, and cultural competency; and
(7) Any other topic determined by the Board to meet the professional and educational requirements of the license and registration holders.
C. Pre-approved Providers. Unless the requirement of §B of this regulation are not met or accreditation status of the pre-approved provider, including all sub-providers, schools, courses, and programs approved or sanctioned by the pre-approved provider unless otherwise prohibited, is not retained, the following shall be considered pre-approved providers:
(7) National and State massage therapy organizations accredited by the federal or state government or a Board recognized accreditation society;
(8) Accredited state schools and U.S. Military Commands; and
(9) Such other Board-approved providers.
D. Up to 12 credit hours may be achieved for formal, authorized representation at a national, regional, or local convention or meeting relating to any of the above-cited organizations.
E. Courses may be completed in live, home study, or online format.
Individual license and registration holders must maintain their own CEU records.