Continuing Education

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Requirements & Deadlines

Massage Therapists must meet the following CE criteria as applicable:

(1) continuing education requirements and compliance procedures:

(a) for license renewal not to exceed twelve classroom hours per biennium;

(b) for license reinstatement not to exceed six classroom hours for each year the license was inactive;

(2) criteria for the approval of continuing education programs or courses including, but not limited to, correspondence courses.

For CE Providers they must meet the following requirements: 77–120. Continuing Education.

1. For the purpose of renewing or reactivating a license, credit will be approved for continuing education programs which are offered by providers approved by the Department.  In order to receive Department approval as a continuing education provider, an entity shall: (a) Apply for approval on forms provided by the Department. (b) Provide a contact person to ensure that each program provider meets the requirements as established by the Department. (c) Provide each participant with a certificate of attendance verifying the program has been completed. (d) The certificate shall not be issued until completion of the program and shall contain the providers name and number, title of program, instructor, date, number of credit hours, the licensee’s name and license number. (e) Any changes to the program must be submitted and approved by the Department.

2. Each program presented by an approved provider shall: (a) Meet the Department approved standards. (b) Have a Department approved course outline with stated learning objectives. (c) Be instructed by a person who meets at least one of the following criteria:

(1) Holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in a subject directly related to the content of the program to be offered, or

(2) Has graduated from a school of massage or an apprenticeship program which has a curriculum equivalent to requirements in this state and was approved by a state licensing authority, a nationally recognized massage therapy association, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body, or the Department and has completed three years of professional experience in the practice of massage.

(3) Is licensed as a massage therapist in another state or foreign sovereign state having standards of education or apprenticeship training substantially similar to or more stringent than those required for licensure in South Carolina, and

(4) Has taught at a school of massage which has a curriculum equivalent to requirements in this state and was approved by a state licensing authority, a nationally recognized massage therapy association, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body, or the Department for a minimum of two years.

3. Approved courses in areas other than massage theory, history, and techniques may be instructed by a person who holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in a subject directly related to the content of the program to be offered.

4. The Department may grant blanket approval to a provider although the provider must submit dates, times and locations of the program to the Department.

5. The Department retains the right to monitor programs given by any provider.  The Department may suspend or revoke the status of a provider who fails to comply with this chapter.

6. One hour of continuing education is defined as 50 minutes of instruction.

7. Instructors of courses shall not receive CE credit for courses they instruct.

8. All Department approved providers shall renew their approved status on or before July 1 of each biennial year.

9. A Continuing Education program may be offered by the Department and shall be available through a self-study video program.

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Continuing Education Provider Guidelines

1.  For the purpose of renewing or reactivating a license, credit will be approved for continuing education programs which are offered by providers approved by the Department. In order to receive Department approval as a continuing education provider, an entity shall:

        a.  Apply for approval on forms provided by the Department.

        b.  Provide a contact person to ensure that each program provider meets the requirements as established by the Department.

        c.  Provide each participant with a certificate of attendance verifying the program has been completed.

        d.  The certificate shall not be issued until completion of the program and shall contain the providers name and number, title of program, instructor, date, number of credit hours, the licensee's name and license number.

        e.  Any changes to the program must be submitted and approved by the Department.

2.  Each program presented by an approved provider shall:

        a.  Meet the Department approved standards.

        b.  Have a Department approved course outline with stated learning objectives.

        c.  Be instructed by a person who meets at least one of the following criteria:

            (1)  Holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in a subject directly related to the content of the program to be offered, or

            (2)  Has graduated from a school of massage or an apprenticeship program which has a curriculum equivalent to requirements in this state and was approved by a state licensing authority, a nationally recognized massage therapy association, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body, or the Department and has completed three years of professional experience in the practice of massage.

            (3)  Is licensed as a massage therapist in another state or foreign sovereign state having standards of education or apprenticeship training substantially similar to or more stringent than those required for licensure in South Carolina, and

            (4)  Has taught at a school of massage which has a curriculum equivalent to requirements in this state and was approved by a state licensing authority, a nationally recognized massage therapy association, or a substantially equivalent accrediting body, or the Department for a minimum of two years.

3.  Approved courses in areas other than massage theory, history, and techniques may be instructed by a person who holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a college or university which is accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or a substantially equivalent accrediting body of a foreign sovereign state, with a major in a subject directly related to the content of the program to be offered.

4.  The Department may grant blanket approval to a provider although the provider must submit dates, times and locations of the program to the Department.

5.  The Department retains the right to monitor programs given by any provider. The Department may suspend or revoke the status of a provider who fails to comply with this chapter.

6.  One hour of continuing education is defined as 50 minutes of instruction.

7.  Instructors of courses shall not receive CE credit for courses they instruct.

8.  All Department approved providers shall renew their approved status on or before July 1 of each biennial year.

9. A Continuing Education program may be offered by the Department and shall be available through a self-study video program.

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