Maryland Continuing Education Requirements


.01 Required Continuing Education Hours.

A. By October of each renewal year, beginning in October, 2004, license and registration holders shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 hours within the previous 24 months as follows:

(1) 3 hours in professional ethics or jurisprudence;

(2) 3 hours in communicable disease education which includes AIDS/HIV; and

(3) 17 hours in massage-related courses as approved by the Board; and

(4) 1 hour in diversity or cultural competency .

B. In addition to the requirements of §A of this regulation, at the time of renewal, a license or a registration holder shall possess a certification of qualification in CPR.

.02 Approval of Continuing Education Programs.

A. The Board shall:

(1) Base approval of continuing education programs solely on content;

(2) Ensure that continuing education programs are directed toward improvement, advancement, and extension of professional skill and knowledge related to massage therapy.

B. A course or program offered by a pre-approved provider is approved without further review and is exempted from the requirements of Regulation .04 this chapter, provided that the course or program pertains to the human anatomy and includes any of the following topics:

(1) Massage practice modalities, application, scope, and philosophy;

(2) Contraindications;

(3) Massage therapy theory, technique, studies, and research;

(4) Professional ethics, jurisprudence, and risk management;

(5) Recordkeeping and professional business practices;

(6) Diversity, communications, and cultural competency; and

(7) Any other topic determined by the Board to meet the professional and educational requirements of the license and registration holders.

C. Pre-approved Providers. Unless the requirement of §B of this regulation are not met or accreditation status of the pre-approved provider, including all sub-providers, schools, courses, and programs approved or sanctioned by the pre-approved provider unless otherwise prohibited, is not retained, the following shall be considered pre-approved providers:

(1) COMTA;

(2) FSMTB;



(5) AOBTA;

(6) AMTA;

(7) National and State massage therapy organizations accredited by the federal or state government or a Board recognized accreditation society;

(8) Accredited state schools and U.S. Military Commands; and

(9) Such other Board-approved providers.

D. Up to 12 credit hours may be achieved for formal, authorized representation at a national, regional, or local convention or meeting relating to any of the above-cited organizations.

E. Courses may be completed in live, home study, or online format.

.03 Exemptions.

A. Individuals issued initial licensure or registration within 12 months of the renewal date are exempt from the continuing education requirements in Regulation .01 of this chapter for the first renewal cycle.

B. License or registration holders with documented hardships, and seeking an exemption, waiver, or extension from the continuing education requirements in Regulation .01 of this chapter, shall petition the Board in writing at least 90 days before the renewal date.

C. The Board shall review the petition for an exemption, waiver, or extension and respond in writing to the license or registration holder.