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Board of Massage Licensure

Continuing Education

Failure to comply with continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action against the licensee or registrant. The disciplinary action will be reported on the Department of Health license verification web site.

Continuing education is mandatory for licensed massage therapist.  Each licensed massage therapist must attend and complete twenty-four (24) hours of massage therapy related continuing education in courses approved by the Board on or before December 31st of 2004 and again every two (2) calendar years thereafter (for example January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2006 and then again from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2008, and so on) for as long as the therapist’s license remains active.  The due date for completion of the continuing education hours is the same for every licensed massage therapist in this state.”

New licensees will have his or her required continuing education hours pro-rated and for those obtaining a license during September, October, November and December of the second year of the cycle must obtain four (4) hours of continuing education in the subject areas required by subparagraphs (1) (b) and (1) (c) which are the two (2) hours pertaining to federal and Tennessee statutes and rules concerning massage therapist and establishments and two (2) hours pertaining to the management of practicing massage therapy, or to professional ethics, or to substance abuse.  New licensees are no longer exempt during the first year of licensure.

New Licensee Pro-Ration Chart – Persons who become licensed will have their required continuing education hours pro-rated over the remaining months of the two (2) year cycle in which they become licensed according to the following chart:

First Year of the Cycle
Second Year of the Cycle
Month Licensed  Hours Required Month Licensed Hours Required
January 24 January 12
February 23 February 11
March 22 March 10
April 21 April 9
May 20 May 8
June 19 June 7
July 18 July 6
August 17 August 5
September 16 September 4
October 15 October 4
November 14 November 4
December 13 December 4

Each massage therapist must retain independent documentation of completion of all continuing education courses for a period of four (4) years.  You must submit proof of obtaining the required continuing education if requested by the Board, during its verification process.  Do not submit course certificates with your renewal.

Effective July 24, 2007, all coursework intended to fulfill the required two hours of Continuing Education pertaining to Tennessee statutes and rules must be approved by the Massage Licensure Board.  This applies to all providers, including those listed below.

The following providers/courses shall constitute Board approved continuing education courses except for courses pertaining to Tennessee statutes and rules:

  • American Heart Association course in CPR
  • American Red Cross courses in HIV, CPR, or Standard First Aid
  • Colleges or universities accredited by the United States Department of Education as described in Section 0870-1-.12 (1) of the massage rules
  • Formal educational courses relating to the theory or clinical application of massage therapy sponsored by an accredited college/university or institutions approved by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Board of Regents or its equivalent in another state
  • Course providers approved by the NCBTMB or FSMTB

Continuing Education Via Live Interactive Webinars

The Board was asked to define what was acceptable to be considered and counted as a "live interactive webinar" at the October 27, 2014 Tennessee Massage Licensure Board Meeting.  After a brief discussion, Ms. Cross made a motion for a policy to be created defining a live interactive webinar as a course/class where the instructor is presenting a real time presentation through audio visual and interacts with the participate with question and answer periods throughout the presentation. Mr. Velker seconded the motion, and the motion carried. Ms. Cross made a motion, seconded by Ms. Jaggers for the Board’s definition to become effective January 2, 2015. The motion carried.

Continuing Education Offered at Approved Tennessee Massage Educational Programs

Most approved Tennessee Massage Educational Programs offer the required two (2) hours of Tennessee Law and two (2) hours of Ethics, Practice Management, or Substance Abuse for continuing education. Please visit the Educational Program website and contact the schools regarding additional continuing education classes/courses that might be offered.  

The Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure Partners with CE Broker

CE Broker Information 

CE Broker is now the official CE tracking system of the Tennessee Board of Massage Therapists. Your board has provided you with a free Basic Account, so you have our most helpful CE tracking tools right at your fingertips. If/when audited, you may also submit your continued education to the Board through fax at 615-401-7683 or by mailing your documents to Tennessee Board of Massage Licensure 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37243.

How Do I Activate My Free CE Broker Account?

Activating your free Basic Account provided to you by your board is a simple 3-step process.

1 | Go to https://www.cebroker.com/tn/account_options.

2 | Choose the account option that works best for you. For your free account, choose Basic Account.

3 | Enter your license number and answer a few simple questions, as prompted.

Once you have completed these steps you can start tracking and reporting your continuing education.

Massage Board Approved Continuing Education for 2019/2020

• When audited for compliance with the 2019-2020 CE cycle, licensees will not be marked noncompliant due to obtaining more than 8 hours of continuing education in a multi-media format. Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related challenges, any licensee found noncompliant with the 2019-2020 CE cycle will only be sent a letter of warning; the Board will not seek to assess civil penalties or require licensees to make up their hours.

Provider

Title

Hours

Contact Information

Approval Number 
         

Dee Vickers, LMT

Tennessee Massage Law (Live Webinar)

2

Dee Vickers

901-907-9353

www.massageceeducation.com 

TN010121-01

Dee Vickers, LMT

Tennessee Massage Law (Live In-Person)

2

Dee Vickers

901-907-9353

www.massageceeducation.com 

TN010121-02

D. Scott Baily, LMT

Tennessee Law and Rules

2

D. Scott Baily

615-292-9270

healinghands@comcast.net 

TN010121-03

Charles West, LMT

Tennessee Massage Law for Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Establishment Owners (Live In-Person)

Charles West

865-694-3144

www.massageworkstn.com 

TN010121-04

 

Charles West, LMT 

Tennessee Massage Law for Tennessee Licensed Massage Therapist and Massage Establishment Owners (Live Webinar) 

2

Charles West

865-694-3144

www.massageworkstn.com 

TN010121-05 

Vicki Sutherland, LMT

Tennessee Law - Massage Statutes (Live In-Person)

2

 

Vicki Sutherland

901-413-2616

www.cesforlmts.com 

TN010621-06

 

Vicki Sutherland, LMT 

Tennessee Law Massage Statutes (Live Webinar)

 

2

 

Vicki Sutherland

901-413-2616 

www.cesforlmts.com 

TN010621-07 

Shakira A. Baly, LMT 

Tennessee Law - Massage Therapy 

Shakira A. Baly

615-422-5079

Arikahnash@gmail.com

TN011521-08 

Michael Matthews, LMT 

Tennessee Massage Law 

Michael Matthews

423-304-8080

Mich.hixson@gmail.com 

TN011521-09 

Amanda Parker, LMT 

Tennessee Statutes and Rules Concerning Massage Therapist and Establishments (Live Webinar)

Amanda Parker

615-294-5233

ParkerLMT@gmail.com 

TN011521-10 

Pam Dent, LMT 

Tennessee Law ( Live Webinar) 

Pam Dent

423-718-8925

ipppoet@gmail.com 

TN011521-11 

Paula Anderson 

Entrepreneurship 101 

Paula Anderson

901-283-8554

Paulaandersononline.com 

TN020321-12 

Amanda Parker, LMT 

Tennessee Statutes and Rules Concerning Massage Therapist and Establishments (Live In-Person) 

Amanda Parker

615-294-5233

ParkerLMT@gmail.com 

TN022221-13