ADVOCATE FOR MASSAGE THERAPY AS A RECOGNIZED & RESPECTED HEALTHCARE PROFESSION
By Dagmar Growe, LMT
(Updated CE requirements Link)
While hands-on continuing education (CE) requirements are suspended for now, LMTs need to continue to report 24 hrs. of CE every 2 years with their license renewal. With the loss of income due to the COVID19 pandemic, many LMTs are struggling to come up with funds to pay for continuing education. Here are some low cost and free options
Professional Associations: ABMP and AMTA offer free and lower cost CEs for members.
Service on massage related boards or committees: Volunteer with WSMTA and receive CEs for your service.
Self-study: Up to 2 hrs. per reporting period. A 2 page synopsis of the studied material is required.
Teaching: Consider offering a class – the first time you teach it it will count toward your own CE.
Local networks such as North Cascades Massage Connection or South Sound LMPs offer low cost CE. If there is no network in your area consider starting one. We will be happy to support you.
Subscription Services: These often offer a large amount of online CE for a low flat rate. This is a buyer beware category, so do your research.
As a member of WSMTA you may earn up to 3 free continuing education credits by attending WSMTA’s Annual meeting.
Find the regulations regarding CE here, and the Board of Massage’s proclamation temporarily suspending hands-on CE can be found here: CE requirements. Plan ahead - don’t wait until the month before your CE is due: Spread your CE over the 2 year period, and take advantage of affordable and interesting opportunities.
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