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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.
The license renewal process for Massage Therapists is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2016-2018 renewal cycle. The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy now uses CE Broker to track and verify compliance with continuing education requirements.
REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE SELECTED FOR CE AUDIT, YOU MUST RECORD YOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION IN CE BROKER.
Please visit CE Broker’s website at https://www.cebroker.com/ga/account_options, create your free account and follow the instructions to submit documentation of having completed the required continuing education hours to include a minimum of 12 hours of hands-on coursework. Remember, do not forward your CE documentation to the Board. All documentation should be entered into your CE Broker account. The Board will review your record in CE Broker electronically when conducting renewal audits.
Submit your renewal online in minutes - just follow these quick and easy steps:
If you choose not to renew online and would like to request a renewal form be mailed to your address on file with Board, please call 478-207-2440.
Please note that renewing by mail may take up to 4 weeks to process after the completed renewal form is received. A late fee will be imposed if you renew after the expiration date of your license. You cannot practice after your license expiration date.
AVOID ADDITIONAL DELAY & LATE FEES BY RENEWING NOW!
What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely?
Now that the online and paper renewal applications are available, it is imperative that licensees quickly make application and submit all required renewal documentation on or before October 31, 2016. Any documents received/postmarked after the expiration date, to include any continuing education taken and recorded into CE Broker, will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle. The license will then enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur the licensee will be required to satisfy additional conditions for the renewal of license.
During the August 28, 2015 meeting, the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy adopted amendments to Board Rule 345-4-.02 (Effective September 22, 2015) to include the requirement that massage therapists licensed to practice in the state of Georgia must:
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.
Please follow these simple step-by-step instructions to establish your account:
To avoid any delays or potential disciplinary action based on noncompliance with the requirements, do not wait until the last minute to register for your account and/or become familiar with the new continuing education requirements outlined in Board Rule 345-4-.02.
If you have any questions call the CE Broker Support Center M-F 8am - 8pm Eastern Time at 1-877-434-6323. You may also visit https://www.cebroker.com to engage in an online chat with a representative and learn more about the registration process.
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.