Continuing Education (CEU) Requirements for Massage Therapists in Texas

For massage therapists, staying licensed means staying informed. Continuing education isn’t just a requirement; it’s an opportunity for growth. In this detailed guide, we’ll walk through the ins and outs of continuing education for massage therapists and instructors. From what qualifies as acceptable coursework to the process of reporting completed courses, we’ll cover everything you need to know to keep your license current and your skills sharp.

Continuing Education Requirements

Massage therapists must complete a minimum of 12 hours of TDLR-approved or recognized continuing education to renew their license. Massage instructors, on the other hand, must hold a current massage therapist license and meet the 12-hour requirement to renew their instructor’s license. However, there are no specific continuing education requirements for massage instructors.

Approved Continuing Education Providers

Licensed massage therapy schools are approved to provide continuing education and may issue certificates or transcripts for advanced coursework. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is also a recognized continuing education provider, with approved providers and courses accepted for continuing education.

Acceptable Course Curriculum

Continuing education should focus on topics directly related to massage therapy theory or clinical application, such as anatomy, physiology, ethics, and business practices. Acceptable providers include institutes, seminars, workshops, conferences, and advanced coursework from colleges or universities.

Types of Classes

Bodywork classes covering various massage modalities are acceptable, provided they are sponsored by approved providers. Energy work classes are permissible if they enhance massage provision and avoid false health claims. Exercise or movement classes designed specifically for self-care for massage therapists may also be accepted.

First Aid and CPR

First aid and CPR courses are accepted if taught by certified instructors from recognized organizations like the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. These courses should not exceed six hours total each renewal period.

Online or Correspondence Courses

Online or correspondence courses are acceptable if they meet the criteria outlined for acceptable course curriculum.

Unacceptable Course Curriculum

Continuing education credit will not be given for incidental education, professional organizational activity, or unapproved experiences.

Pre-Approval of Coursework

The department does not pre-approve CE programs; however, you can consult the acceptable course curriculum section and massage therapy administrative rules for guidance.

Course Instructor Qualifications

Instructors must meet specific requirements for their courses to be deemed acceptable, as outlined by the Continuing Education Provider Licensing page.

Reporting Completed Courses

Licensees must maintain records of their continuing education experiences and provide documentation if selected for audit during renewal. Official transcripts should be mailed to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation if requested during an audit.

Committing to continuing education isn’t just about fulfilling requirements; it’s about investing in yourself and your practice. By staying up-to-date and expanding your knowledge, you’ll not only maintain your license but also enhance your ability to provide exceptional care to your clients.

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