There are two paths available to become a sponsor of continuing education. An entity may be deemed an approved sponsor if it meets the requirements of Section 78.5(i)(2). Or, an entity that is not deemed by statute and regulation may have to apply to become a sponsor and be reviewed by the Department for approval.
Section 78.5(i)(2) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education allow the following entities to register for approval to be an approved sponsor:
Such terms mean a state or national membership association established to further the massage therapy profession. It is usually not-for-profit in nature, comprised of members of a particular licensed profession, whose purpose is to represent members of that profession and further the interests of the profession of massage therapy. The purpose clause in a professional organization’s incorporation papers must authorize the organization to provide educational programs to promote the needs and interests of the profession through representation of its members.
Organizations that are “deemed approved sponsors” must register with the State Board for Massage Therapy by completing a Deemed Sponsor Registration form and submit the fee of $900.00 for approval to provide continuing education in accordance with the regulations for a three year period.
An Application for Approval as a Sponsor of Continuing Education for Massage Therapists must be completed and submitted to the Massage Therapy Board Office with the appropriate supporting materials and fee for review by the Department at least 90 days prior to beginning to provide continuing education for massage therapists.
Yes. Section 78.5(c)(2)(i)of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education limits acceptable continuing education to learning activities which contribute to the professional practice of massage therapy. Any coursework that includes the practical application of modalities or techniques shall only be accepted if such coursework provides instruction on the application of modalities or techniques legally authorized to be practiced within the scope of practice of massage therapy. Sponsors may offer courses in one of the following areas:
Yes. Licensed massage therapists may complete all, or some, of continuing education in an online method.
During each triennial registration period, meaning a registration period of three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete at least 36 hours of continuing education, acceptable to the Department, a maximum of 12 hours of which may be self-instructional coursework acceptable to the Department.
Sponsors must maintain records for six years from the completion of this coursework and must provide evidence of the satisfactory completion of such coursework to the massage therapist. The record of this coursework and the applicant’s satisfactory completion must include, but is not limited to:
In the event an approved sponsor discontinues operation, the governing body of such sponsor shall notify the Department and shall transfer all records as directed by the Department.
The fee is $900 for three years.
Yes. Any organization wishing to continue sponsoring continuing education courses for New York licensees will have to reapply and pay the $900 fee at least 45 days before approval expiration to be approved for another three-year period.
Organizations that are deemed approved sponsors should submit the fee and a Deemed Sponsor Registration form.
All other sponsors should submit the fee and an Application for Approval as a Sponsor of Continuing Education for Massage Therapists with the appropriate supporting materials for Standards 1 through 6. If there is no change in the information in any section, you may simply indicate "no change" in that section.
No. The application must be approved before courses may be offered and counted toward the mandatory continuing education requirement.
Applications must be received at least 90 days prior to the date they will be offered. The amount of time it will take for the provider to be approved will vary and will largely depend upon how complete and accurate the application is when submitted.
Yes. Continuing education that is designed for the sole purpose of maximizing profits for the practice of a massage therapist shall not be acceptable as continuing education.
In addition, coursework in techniques that do not fall in the practice of the profession of massage therapy, such as, but not limited to, Reiki, Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, or appearance enhancement practices as defined by the New York State Department of State shall not be acceptable as continuing education.
Presentations of didactic instruction may be provided by persons who are not licensed by the State of New York as massage therapists. The practical application of such modalities and techniques must be done by massage therapists licensed in New York, or those otherwise authorized to provide such services in New York, when the continuing education occurs in the State of New York.
Effective December 2014, Chapter 498 of the Laws of 2014 was enacted authorizing persons who are licensed and in good standing in another state or country to do demonstrations of massage therapy techniques during the mandated massage therapy continuing education courses that take place in New York State through approved sponsors. This law became effective when Chapter 10 of the laws of 2015 was enacted in March 2015.
No. Such persons may not do demonstrations of massage therapy techniques unless they are sponsored by an entity that is approved by our Department to provide continuing education courses and only as part of those courses that have been accepted as meeting the requirements.
No. Chapter 316 of the Laws of 2005 prohibits the use of the term "institute" or "academy" or other terms commonly related to education by individuals, groups, partnerships, business corporations, not-for-profit corporations, or professional limited liability entities to describe their services, activities or practices unless the authority to use these terms has been granted by the Board of Regents or the Commissioner of Education. This includes the use of a "DBA" (Doing-Business-As) to describe a practice.