Continuing Education Requirements for LMTs and RMPs .03


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

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

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;

(2) Contraindications;

(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:

(1) American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
(2) Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
(3) Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
(4) National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
(5) The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)
(6) National and State massage therapy organizations accredited by the federal or state government or a Board recognized accreditation society
(7) Accredited state schools and U.S. Military Commands; and
(8) 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.​

CEU Audits

At the time of renewal, you may be audited for CEU compliance. Audited individuals will be notified via the first page of the online renewal system, and the CEU page of the renewal application. If audited, you must first complete the online renewal application and then show proof of having completed the CEU requirements. Immediately mail or email directly to the Board copies of completion certificates along with a copy of your CPR card. It is the responsibility of each massage therapist and practitioner to keep accurate records of attendance of approved continuing education programs. Completion certificates must be maintained for at least four years and must be presented to the Board on demand. Any questions regarding CEU compliance should be directed to or 410-764-4738.

CE Course Approval Guidelines & Application​​​

 FAQs Regarding Continuing Education

Updated 11/2020