Are you a massage therapist moving to Florida?
If you are or already have, you have found the application process is not easy, nor cheap. As you can see from the comments below, I field a lot of questions from people who want to move to Florida. This includes people permanently moving or the occasional Iowa “snow birds” looking to winter there and would like to have a dual license.
Licensed By Endorsement
For those who are already licensed massage therapists in another state, they have to go through a route to licensure in Florida called, “Licensed by Endorsement.” They need to meet the normal required massage CEUS for HIV/AIDS, Prevention of Medical Errors. However, they also need ten contact hours of Florida Law for Massage Therapists instead of the normal two required hours for renewal.
Previously this could not be done through home study or be provided by Florida Approved Continuing Education Providers. So, people had to travel to take the course in Floirda, then wait for the next board meeting to get their licensed approved. This is a major problem and inconvenience for most people. If they move to Florida, they cannot practice until their license is approved. The only way around this is to travel to Florida (which costs money and takes time), take the course, go home, and then wait for board approval.
Luckily, this rule has been changed recently at a board meeting, and is now approved (see update below). Now that is is approved, people are able to take this course in a home study format and from a Florida approved continuing education provider. Less red tape is good!
Get the Required Courses
I have a Florida Endorsement Package, including 10 Hour Florida Law and Rules, available for those who will be moving to Florida to become massage therapists now that this rule is changed. The other required courses to obtain a Florida massage license are 3 hours of HIV/AIDS and 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors.
I have also put together a free, printable checklist to walk you through the Florida licensing process.
Here’s a list of some frequently asked questions.
Here was the official notice I received from CE Broker:
UPDATE!!! FEB 8th 2011
I received this email today from CE Broker.
To: Florida Board of Massage Therapy approved educational providers
The Florida Board of Massage Therapy has made a change allowing Board approved educational providers to offer the 10 hour Laws & Rules of the Board course required for initial licensure. (This course can also be used by those who are renewing their Florida license.)