WA State Department of Health Announces Massage Therapy Services ReOpen
TODAYS UPDATE (June 5, 2020)
For our grads and practicing LMTs who also work with animals, here is some good news regarding licensing fees/renewals from AMTA-WA:
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretary of Health extended all health profession license expiration dates for licenses up for renewal between April 1 and September 30, 2020. That also means that no CE needs to be reported until after September 30. At the upcoming Board of Massage meeting on June 5th, Board Members will be determining what changes, if any, to make in CE requirements during this challenging time. AMTA-WA has advocated for a removal of the requirement for 8 hours of in person hands-on CE through 2021. The number of CE hours would remain the same at 24, but without the requirement of any in person hands on training. Bottom line, we support flexibility in CE requirements during this time to include a total waiver through 2020. Also, please note that AMTA-WA is offering free on-line CE courses for its members.”
The CE deferment mentioned here pertains to WA LMTs only and does not replace the NBCAAM requirements for animal practitioners. Also, at this time, NBCAAM has not elected to allow remote hours to be substituted for hands-on hours requirements for new members or for Continuing Education, but is in conversations to determine feasibility.
In addition, here is a document from FSMTB providing guidelines for returning to practice. Although it pertains to massage therapy in people, it offers many reasonable measures that can be adapted to animal massage and bodywork practices. Please consider viewing and printing to help you and your clients create the best environment for continued practice.
JUNE 1st Proclamation
It was with great relief today that many Washington State licensed massage therapists learned that their services may once again be offered after widespread shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. We are happy to share the news and look forward to everyone getting back in touch!