Here's what you need to renew your Michigan Massage license
The information below is a summary of the minimum requirements set forth by the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. For a more detailed requirements breakdown, please see the board's site.
If you hold Massage licenses in multiple states, please make sure to check each state's requirements.
Michigan Massage: Massage Therapist (Continuing Education)
- 2 hrs. - Ethics
- 1 hr. - Pain and Symptom Management
- Implicit Bias
- Human Trafficking (Initial Licensure)
New Applicants for licensure or registration are required to have completed 2 hours of implicit bias training within the 5 years immediately preceding issuance of the license or registration.
Renewing licensees and registrants are required to complete 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of their license or registration cycle. However, for initial renewal after June 1, 2021, licensees will only need to have 1 hour for each year since the rule’s promulgation date of June 1, 2021.
For example, if you are scheduled to renew your license in August of 2022, you would only be required to have 1 hour of training, even if the length of your license was 3 years. Remember: The rule also specifically states that this training is in addition to any continuing education requirements required for renewal.
Subsequent renewals will require 1 hour of implicit bias training for each year of the license or registration cycle.
Training that was taken prior the promulgation of the rule (June 1, 2021) and within the license cycle that is up for renewal, qualifies toward the requirement for renewals. However, the rule allows new applicants for licensure or registration to complete the training within the 5 years immediately preceding issuance of the license or registration.
All professions licensed or registered under the Michigan Public Health Code, except for Veterinary Medicine, are required to take Implicit Bias Training.
Human Trafficking Training (Initial Licensure)
Michigan Administrative Rule R 338.732 requires an individual licensed or seeking licensure to complete training to identify victims of human trafficking. This is a one-time training that is separate from continuing education (CE). Licensees who renewed in 2017 must complete training by renewal in 2020; renewals completed in 2018 must complete training by renewal in 2021; and renewals for 2019 by 2022. Beginning March 14, 2022, completion of training is a requirement for initial license issuance.
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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.