Proposal Adds Education, Cost to Utah Massage Licenses
Published on February 14, 2013 by Peter Tomala
The only professional governing body for massage therapists in Utah is proposing a continuing education requirement for every massage therapist in the state. The Utah Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) notified the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing that there should be changes to how massage therapists keep their licenses.
The proposal changes the Massage Therapy Practice Act and requires several hours of continuing education for every massage therapist. Details are still being uncovered as the bill has yet to be filed with the state legislature.
Sources close to the AMTA note that the requirement could be around 24 credits every two years. Costs could range anywhere from $180 to $700 for six credits, plus travel expenses and time away from work. Individuals close to the proposal believe the bill will come out during the 2014 legislative session.
There is support behind a continuing education requirement, but there are still details to discuss. “We are absolutely for some type of continuing education,” said Broadview University Massage Therapy Program Chair Kelley Sloan. “But how will the state notify the change in law, how will professional groups get information to solicit, what is the cost associated with implementing the program, what is the employer’s responsibility, if any?”
A big concept with the change is how much should therapists pay for the education, especially part-time workers? A proposal that requires 12 credits every two years (six a year) may gather more support.
“Twelve credits are very reasonable; a small credit load can keep our focus local and travel can be reduced,” added Sloan. “The cost burden is reduced and we will be able to take continuing education in the state. But ultimately it’s a professional dialogue that needs to happen and decide what is in our best interest.”
So what is best for Utah massage therapists? Do you believe we need it? What is necessary? Does it make sense to look at a tiered license (similar to esthetics)?
There needs to be dialogue between active massage therapists on a proposal that will alter their career. Leave your comments below and click here to find out how you can have an impact on this issue.