December 31st, 2012, all Tennessee massage licenses will come due. Here is a quick breakdown of the renewal educational requirements.
- Tennessee requires massage therapists to complete 25 CE hours every 2 years for license renewal.
- 2 CE hours must be in Tennessee statutes and rules – This course must in a live-seminar format
- and 2 CE hours must be in practice management, ethics or substance abuse. It is not required for this course requirement to be completed in a home study format. Click here if you need to complete your ethics requirement.
- Courses taken from NCBTMB-approved providers are accepted.
- If this is your first renewal, here is a pro-rated chart for CE hours .
Changes for December 31st, 2014, Renewal
The end of the year is quickly approaching. A few states will have their license renewal deadlines. Illinois is one of those states. Here is a quick guide to the Illinois renewal requirements. [Read More...]
You want to get your business going – like yesterday if possible.
I am also certain that this is the last time you want to take this test and you absolutely do not want to pay to take the test again.
So you have decided you are going to set aside some time to study and pass this exam. Now you need to find something to study.
I have been in your shoes. I took the NCETMB twelve years ago to get my Iowa massage license. After I passed, I was so relieved to have my license in hand. I was so happy that I never had to take a licensing exam again!
So, why did I take the MBLEx this year, twelve years after I graduated? You!
Why I Took the MBLEx
As a continuing education provider, part of my job involves helping colleagues that are transferring their massage license to Florida.
For the people who needed to take a massage licensing exam, I was often asked, “which massage exam should I take,” and then, “what is good resource for studying for the MBLEx?”
The MBLEx is often referred to as the preferred exam, but I did not know for sure. Since I had never taken the MBLEx, I did not know what study material was good either.
I wanted to recommend this exam with some confidence. So, one day I decided that I was going to take the MBLEx.
I read a Tweet this week that “the most relaxing song ever” had been found in a recent study.
I listened to it, but it just did not do it for me. Enya, Coldplay, and Adele also made the study’s top ten list. Are you skeptical of this study yet?
This study only reminded me that I wanted to share a little bit about Steph Lasch’s new album that I purchased a few months ago.
- Recently opened a massage school in Minnesota,
- Manages a successful massage clinic and spa,
- Used her previous experience as an accountant to author a book on finance and business specifically for massage therapists (She blogs advice about these topics here),
- Is a new mom,
- And she does more (a lot more!), but I will stop there so that the rest of us can feel good about ourselves.
A couple of months ago, she released an album of piano solos.
One of the most common things I hear from people after taking my 10 Hour Florida Massage Law and Rules Course is:
Now I have to get a massage establishment license too?
Most likely, yes.
A massage establishment license is required for any business (spa, chiropractor, home business, etc) that offers massage therapy services.
In general, if a client comes to you, you need an establishment license. If you go to your client (i.e. a mobile business), you do not need an establishment license. Again, this is a generalization, exceptions do exist.
You have your massage license, and now you are moving to another state.
How do you obtain a new massage license in the state where you will be residing?
Will their massage board accept your school, your hours, or the licensing exam you took?
What about “Reciprocity”?
Reciprocity is a mutual exchange of privileges. An example of this is that the Board of Massage in the state you are moving to recognizes the validity of your current license, or the educational requirements/training in the state where you currently reside. Reciprocity allows massage therapists to obtain a new license and practice without a lot of extra paperwork, delays, and hassle.
But, reciprocity in the massage field is a little complicated.
The massage field has talked about license portability and reciprocity for years. But as of right now, no two state massage licensing regulations are identical. Most massage therapists have to navigate the licencing process in a new state, which is not always clear or without extra costs.
So, here are some tips to help make your career move less complicated.
If you are licensed in Florida, please take the time to read about a couple recent rule changes.
Two changes to note:
Even though I happily reside most of the year in Iowa, I also hold a Florida Massage License (Let me take the time to insert my license number - as required by Florida Law – MA66325).
Today I am going to tell you a little more about massage regulations in the Sunshine State.