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New Mexico Massage Therapy Laws

Does the New Mexico Board of Massage accept Massage Specialties CEUs courses?

Yes, along with accepting our courses for Massage Therapy Instructors Renewal

Continuing Professional Education:

The board does not maintain a list of continuing education providers.  The licensee or registrant must determine where to obtain the required continuing education.

  1. Massage therapy licensees:  As a condition for license renewal, each massage therapist licensed pursuant to the Massage Therapy Practice Act will be required to complete sixteen (16) contact hours of continuing education.
    1. Continuing education must be completed within the twenty-four (24) months immediately preceding the renewal date of October 31.
    2. Excess hours cannot be carried over to future renewals.
    3. Continuing education taken prior to the twenty-four month period will not be accepted.
    4. An automatic late renewal penalty fee, as provided in 16.7.3.8 NMAC, will be incurred if the continuing education submitted was taken after the twenty-four month period.
    5. Each licensee will maintain documentation of all completed continuing education, including contact information for the continuing education providers.  

 Continuing Education Programs For Massage Therapists:

  1. The board will accept the following types of continuing education which contribute directly to the licensee’s massage therapy practice:
    1. courses, seminars, workshops and classes in areas related to the practice of massage therapy such as: massage, bodywork, allied health care, psychology, anatomy, physiology, business, insurance, movement therapy, stress management, yoga, CPR, and first aid;
    2. courses of study offered by registered massage therapy schools; massage therapy instructors; massage, bodywork, or allied healthcare professional organizations, NCBTMB continuing education providers, and accredited colleges and universities;    
    3. publishing an article relating to massage therapy in a local, regional, or national publication.  No more than twelve (12) hours of continuing education credit shall be granted in any renewal period; 
  2. Ethics requirement:  All massage therapists shall be required to complete a minimum of four (4) hours of ethics training as part of the 16-hour requirement for each renewal period.  Ethics courses must be taken from individuals or institutions listed in 16.7.11.9 NMAC. 
  3. Technique courses must be hands on.    

Continuing Education Programs For Massage Therapy Instructors:

The board will accept the following types of continuing education which contribute directly to the registrants’ massage therapy practice and instructional skills:

  1. courses, seminars, workshops and classes in areas related to pedagogy such as:  class presentation techniques, class materials preparations, communications skills, research, cultural diversity, and counseling.
  2. courses of study offered by registered massage therapy schools, National providers, registered massage therapy instructors, massage, bodywork, or allied health care professional organizations; accredited colleges and universities; or
  3. publishing an article relating to massage therapy in a local, regional, or national publication.  No more than twelve (12) hours of continuing education credit shall be granted in any renewal period.