If you are licensed in Florida, please take the time to read about a couple recent rule changes.
Two changes to note:
- A recent 2×2 photo required to be displayed with a massage license.
- HIV course is no longer required for renewal.
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.
Each week I help 2-5 people transfer their license to Florida through their reciprocity/endsorsement process. Florida’s licensing process is very specific. It requires each new licensee take three continuing education courses. These courses cover the laws and rules of the state, HIV/AIDS training, and prevention of medical errors.
And every two years I help many, many massage therapists in Florida renew their licenses. We all have to take three required courses to renew our licenses also (An update in laws and rules, professional ethics, and a medical errors refresher).
Speaking of renewing massage licenses, all licenses in Florida expire on the same day: every odd year on August 31st. I am getting ready for this now, even though this date is almost a year away. It requires a lot of preparation on my part. As a Florida-approved provider (#50-16951), I have to submit hours for every class that someone takes through a broker service Florida uses to track the CEU’s of their licensees (CE Broker).
Here are a few other fun facts:
- Today, according to Florida Department of Health website, there are 34,500 massage therapists in Florida. You and I each account for .000029% of Florida massage therapists.
- If all massage therapists renew there licenses (at $105 each), that is about 3.6 million dollars that goes to the DOH/MQA in Florida every two years.
- If you go by the US Bureau of labor statistics, there are a little over 150,000 massage therapists in the US. That means 1 of 5 massage therapists in the US, is licensed in Florida.
In the coming year there will be a few more Florida-inspired blogs here and there. If you are not interested in the Florida posts on this website, just delete any email that comes from me that has “Florida” in the title.
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