Washington State Law prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of Race/Color; National Origin; Creed; Sex (including Pregnancy); Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity; Veteran/Military Status; the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical actual Disability or perceived Disability; Use of a Service Animal; HIV or Hepatitis C; Breastfeeding; or in retaliation for filing or participating in a discrimination complaint.

The Washington State Human Rights Commission provides more information about a person’s right to file a discrimination complaint, which can be obtained at www.hum.wa.gov or by calling 360-753-6770 or toll-free 1-800-233-3247.

NOTE FROM WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

MASSAGE SECTION

Megan Brown, Program Manager
Washington State Board of Massage
Department of Health
Office of Health Professions and Facilities
(360) 236-4945
megan.brown@doh.wa.gov

For the up to date information for your Washington State Department of Health Massage License please click on the following link:

http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MassageTherapist

You can contact the Washington DOH at the above link to update or change any of your LMP’s information.

WASHINGTON STATE LMP REQUIREMENTS

Continuing Education Requirements:

WAC 246-830-475

Continuing education requirements.

(1) To renew a license, licensed massage practitioners must complete twenty-four hours of continuing education every two years. A minimum of eight hours must be direct supervised massage skills training; and A minimum of four hours must be in professional ethics, communication, and/or Washington state massage laws and regulations. Two of these hours must include professional roles and boundaries; and The remaining twelve hours may be met by meeting the requirements in subsection (2) of this section.

(2) For the purposes of this chapter, continuing education is defined as any of the following activities that involve direct application of massage therapy knowledge, skills, and business practices: Attendance at a local, state, national, or international continuing education program, First aid, CPR, or emergency related classes, Self study through the use of multimedia devices or the study of books, research materials, and/or other publications, Multimedia devices. The required documentation for this activity is a letter or other documentation from the organization. A maximum of twelve hours is allowed per reporting period, Books, research materials, and/or other publications. The required documentation for this activity is a two-page synopsis of what was learned written by the licensee. A maximum of two hours is allowed per reporting period. Teaching a course for the first time, not to exceed eight hours. Business and management courses not to exceed eight hours. Specialized training. Training must be provided for a fee by an individual who has no less than three years of expertise in that area. Distance learning. Distance learning includes, but is not limited to, correspondence course, webinar, print, audio/video broadcasting, audio/video teleconferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/on-line-learning, or computer broadcasting/webcasting. A maximum of twelve hours is allowed per reporting period. Active service on massage related boards or committees. A maximum of twelve hours is allowed per reporting period.

(a) A minimum of eight hours must be direct supervised massage skills training; and(1) To renew a license, licensed massage practitioners must complete twenty-four hours of continuing education every two years.

(b) A minimum of four hours must be in professional ethics, communication, and/or Washington state massage laws and regulations. Two of these hours must include professional roles and boundaries; and

(c) The remaining twelve hours may be met by meeting the requirements in subsection (2) of this section.

(2) For the purposes of this chapter, continuing education is defined as any of the following activities that involve

direct application of massage therapy knowledge, skills, and business practices:

(a) Attendance at a local, state, national, or international continuing education program.

(b) First aid, CPR, or emergency related classes.

(c) Self study through the use of multimedia devices or the study of books, research materials, and/or other publications.

(i) Multimedia devices. The required documentation for this activity is a letter or other documentation from the organization. A maximum of twelve hours is allowed per reporting period.

(ii) Books, research materials, and/or other publications. The required documentation for this activity is a two-page synopsis of what was learned written by the licensee. A maximum of two hours is allowed per reporting period.

(d) Teaching a course for the first time, not to exceed eight hours.

(e) Business and management courses not to exceed eight hours.

(f) Specialized training. Training must be provided for a fee by an individual who has no less than three years of expertise in that area.

(g) Distance learning. Distance learning includes, but is not limited to, correspondence course, webinar, print, audio/video broadcasting, audio/video teleconferencing, computer aided instruction, e-learning/on-line-learning, or computer broadcasting/webcasting. A maximum of twelve hours is allowed per reporting period.

(h) Active service on massage related boards or committees. A maximum of twelve hours is allowed per reporting period.

If you have any concerns of any business that is doing something OTHER than massage and are concerned they are not Licensed Massage Practioners,

please go to www.doh.wa.gov and file a complaint or call 360-236-4700

RCW 18.108.030: A person represents himself or herself as a massage practitioner when the person adopts or uses any title or any description of services that incorporates one or more of the following terms or designations: Massage, massage practitioner, massage therapist, massage therapy, therapeutic massage, massage technician, massage technology, massagist, masseur, masseuse, myotherapist or myotherapy, touch therapist, reflexologist, acupressurist, body therapy or body therapist, or any derivation of those terms that implies a massage technique or method.