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Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, established by legislation in May 2005, is comprised of five members appointed by the Governor in July 2006 upon funding appropriation. Massage is therapeutic and regulations are necessary to protect the public from unqualified practitioners. It is in the interest of the public to set standards of qualifications, education, training, and experience for those who seek to practice massage therapy; to promote high standards of professional performance for those licensed to practice massage therapy; and to protect the public from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice massage therapy. The board is assigned to the Secretary of State’s office for administrative purposes and is under the jurisdiction of the division director and operates in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 43-1, as applicable.
The Board reviews applications, complaints, correspondence and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Office of Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division office located at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia. Meeting dates, time and location are posted on this website.
As of November 30, 2016, individuals who have failed to submit a renewal application and/or submitted an application but failed to submit the supporting documents are no longer eligible for renewal and the license has now lapsed. If your license is now in a lapsed status, you have forfeited any fees previously submitted towards renewal and must now apply for licensure by reinstatement in order to practice in the state of Georgia. The reinstatement application may be downloaded from the Application/Form Download section of this website.
MASSAGE THERAPY STAKEHOLDERS
Please submit any requests to speak or appear and/or any topics or items for discussion to the Board office in writing a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. If the request or item for discussion is received according to the specified time frame, it will be considered for an agenda item. If the item is not received accordingly, it may be held until the next scheduled in-person meeting of the Board.
***NOTE*** If a request is relative to an incomplete application or complaint case which has not yet been considered by the Board, the request to appear may be tabled until the Board has rendered an initial decision on the complete application or complaint case.
Continuing Education Requirements for Georgia Massage Therapists
As of September 22, 2015, all massage therapists licensed to practice in the state of Georgia are required to:
In light of this new requirement, licensees must at a minimum create their NO COST, BASIC LIMITED ACCESS ACCOUNT in CE Broker® and begin recording any completed continuing education activities no later than October 1, 2016.
Please note that registration and recording of continuing education activities after this date may delay the renewal of your license. Click here for more details on how to register for your free account.
1) A massage therapy license is required to obtain a license for a massage therapy business.
O.C.G.A. § 36-60-6(c) reads:
Before any county or municipal corporation issues a business license to any person engaged in a profession or business required to be licensed by the state under Title 43, the person must provide evidence of such licensure to the appropriate agency of the county or municipal corporation that issues business licenses. No business license shall be issued to any person subject to licensure under Title 43 without evidence of such licensure being presented.
Based upon the results of previous investigations into allegations of the unlicensed professional practice of massage therapy, the Board has found that individuals are often obtaining local massage business licenses while failing to obtain a professional license through this Board. Additionally, many unlicensed practitioners use business names that lead consumers to believe that they are licensed and qualified to practice, when in fact they do not hold a professional license.
By failing to obtain a professional license, these individuals are in violation of state law, pose a risk to consumers and are subject to prosecution.
2) As of November 1, 2016, continuing education courses which do not fall within the scope of practice of massage therapy as codified in O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-3(8) will not be accepted by the Board. Courses which are not accepted would include courses relevant to the professions and modalities referenced in O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-19, identified in Board Policy Statement A9 and listed in the section entitled "Continuing Education Courses Not Accepted By the Board" of the Education & Other Information are of the website. The Board encourages all applicants and licensees to reference these resources before selecting any course offerings on any sites, to include NCBTMB and CE Broker®, for the purposes of meeting the continuing education requirements in this state.