Massage Therapy CEs | Florida Laws and Packages
Florida Laws & Rules - 10 hours #20-308410
Massage Therapy continuing education CEs awarded: 10 for Florida, 6.5 for NCBTMB
NCBTMB NOTE: The NCBTMB will only accept 6.5 hours of this course for their CE purposes. It is your responsibility to ensure that, while your certificate will show 10 hours, you only report 6.5 hours to the NCBTMB or any jurisdiction or agency (such as AMTA or ABMP) who accepts hours based on the NCBTMB calculation of CEs.
Course classification: Cognitive (course materials consist of concepts related to massage therapy but do not teach a specific hands-on modality)
Approved by: The Florida Board of Massage Therapy, Provider #MCE-326. CEBroker Provider # 50-1116, CE Broker Course Tracking Number #20-308410. Please note: If you intend to use these hours for continuing education requirements outside of Florida, it is your responsibility to determine if that state or board will accept them.
Course Description: This online continuing education course is designed for massage therapists who are moving to Florida, or seeking Florida licensure for the first time, and did not have the 10 hours of Florida Laws in their original massage schooling. It is designed for massage therapists who were trained in other states who now wish to become licensed in the State of Florida. This satisfies the 10 CE Florida Laws requirement for initial Florida massage therapy licensure. The course covers the current laws that apply to the practice of massage therapy in the state of Florida as contained in Chapter 456, Health Professionals and Occupations: General Provisions; Chapter 480, Massage Practice; and Rule 64B7 – Rules related to Chapter 480.
Tuition: $25 for online course and testing. You have one year from enrollment date to complete the course. This is for the 10 hour laws course only. If you also need the Communicable Diseases/HIV and Prevention of Medical Errors, please see the package discount offer.
Package offer: Click here to see our package special for massage therapists who are applying to receive their Florida massage therapy license for the first time. This option gives you three courses in one discounted package. The three courses are the 10 hours of Florida Laws & Rules, 3 hours of Communicable Diseases/ HIV, and 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors.
Human Trafficking: We also offer a 1 CE course in Human Trafficking, found here.
Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your certificate. To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course.
Course Materials: The course consists of an online summary of the laws and rules that apply to massage therapists. There are also PDF files (downloadable) of the full text of the laws, and a study guide, which consists of the test questions you will be required to answer when you access the online test.
Instructor: Judith Koch
Upon completion: If you do not yet have a Florida massage license (MA number), it is your responsibility to notify the Florida Board of Massage Therapy of your completion of the required courses. You will be able to print extra certificates of completion, or save the certificate on your computer to email to the board. We can only report your hours directly to CE Broker if you already have a Florida Massage License, and if you provided that license number to us when you created your online account with us when you enrolled.
Student Comments: "This was my third on-line CE course. I only wish that I had taken the other two through you. This class is presented very well and clear. For such a dry topic it was informative and held my interest. Thank you!!!!" Myrna Silva, Lake City, FL
Becoming Licensed in Florida: Massage Therapists who wish to become licensed in Florida have two different options:
1. Licensure by endorsement is available to massage therapists who have a minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy education from a board approved facility, hold a current (cannot be expired or suspended) license in another state, and have successfully completed one of the examinations accepted by Florida (see below.) Here is the Florida official link for more information on this option: http://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/licensing/licensed-massage-therapist-lmt-by-endorsement
2. Licensure by examination is available to massage therapists who have a minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy education, but either do not hold a current license in another state or have not successfully completed one of the examinations accepted by Florida. (See below.) Here is the Florida official link for more information on this option: http://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/licensing/licensed-massage-therapist-lmt-by-examination
Regardless of which of the two above methods you are using, all applicants must also complete three required continuing education courses: 10 hours of Florida Law, 3 hours of HIV/AIDS, and 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors. You are on our course description page for the 10 hours of Florida Law. We also have a Florida New Therapist Package that includes all three courses to satisfy this requirement.
At the time this article was written, there were four available options for the examination requirement:
1. Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) administered by FSMTB.
2. National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) administered by NCBTMB.
3. National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) administered by NCBTMB.
4. National Exam for State Licensure (NESL) administered by NCBTMB. The NESL exam option is no longer available, but will still be accepted if taken prior to its retirement on December 31, 2012.
For more information, you can contact the Florida Board of Massage as follows:
PHONE: (850) 245-4161
FAX: (850) 921-6184
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Are your online courses downloadable to my computer? You must be logged in on our website to view at least some of the course materials. Many of our courses do have downloadable files.
Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.
Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. We provide a study guide with this course that has the test questions and answer choices. You can print it off and work on it as you study. When you are ready to take the test, you will log into the system and supply your answers to the test questions.
What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge.
Do you report our course completions to CE Broker or the Florida Board of Massage? ONLY if you have a Florida license (MC12345 styled license number), and have that linked to your online account with us before you complete the online test, will we report to CE Broker. If all you have is a Florida application number and are not yet licensed, it is the responsibility of the applicant to report this course completion as part of your application process.
To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.