RELATES TO: KRS 309.355, 309.361
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 309.355(3)
NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 309.355(3) requires the board to promulgate an administrative regulation establishing a requirement for continuing education as a condition for renewal of a license. KRS 309.361 identifies the requirements for continuing education and prescribes the types of courses required during the renewal period. This administrative regulation establishes the procedures and standards for submitting documentation to meet the continuing education requirements for renewal of a license.
Section 1. Definitions. (1) "ABMP" means the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
(2) "AMTA" means the American Massage Therapy Association.
(3) "AOBTA" means the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia.
(4) "Board" is defined by KRS 309.350(1).
(5) "CE hour" means continuing education hours consisting of fifty (50) minutes of an organized learning activity that is either didactic or clinical experience and shall exclude meals, breaks, and registration.
(6) "Competency" means the study, development, and demonstration of knowledge and skills in meeting professional expectations as a massage therapist.
(7) "Continuing education" means participation in an approved program or learning experience that is designed to facilitate continued competency including ethical and legal practice in the therapeutic massage and bodywork profession through participation in a learning process that enhances the licensee’s current knowledge, skills, and abilities in the profession.
(8) "FSMTB" means the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
(9) "NCBTMB" means the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
(10) "NCCAOM" means the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
(11) "Provider" means an organization, entity, or individual that has met the requirements of the board to provide educational courses that are designed to ensure continued competence in the practice of massage therapy.
(12) "Self-paced learning" means a course designated for an individual to learn at his or her own pace and is often referred to as correspondence or home study with testing or an evaluation process.
Section 2. Accrual of CE Hours; Computation of Accrual. (1) A licensee shall accrue a minimum of twenty-four (24) continuing education hours during a two (2) year licensure period for renewal of a license, beginning on the date of license issue.
(2) A minimum of three (3) of the twenty-four (24) hours required by subsection (1) of this section shall be accrued in the field of professional ethics.
(3) All hours shall be in or related to the practice of massage therapy.
(4) Coursework related to therapeutic techniques conducted on animals shall not be approved for continuing education credit.
Section 3. Acquisition of CE Hours. (1) CE hours applicable to the renewal of a license shall be directly related to the professional growth and development of massage therapy practitioners. CE hours may be earned by completing any of the educational activities described in this subsection.
(a) Courses Not Requiring Board Review and Approval. Courses from the following sources shall be relevant to the practice of massage therapy and shall be approved if the course is in or relates to massage therapy and does not violate any of the prohibitions contained in this administrative regulation:
1. Courses and Learning Opportunities approved by the NCBTMB;
2. Courses offered by the AMTA and its state affiliates;
3. Courses approved by the NCCAOM;
4. Courses offered by the AOBTA and its state affiliates;
5. Courses offered by the ABMP;
6. Kentucky board approved massage therapy programs of instruction or massage therapy programs duly licensed to operate in other states;
7. Relevant academic courses completed in a degree-granting college or university accredited by an agency that is approved by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or
8. Courses offered by the FSMTB.
(b) Programs Requiring Board Review and Approval. All other programs, including self-paced learning courses and in-service training provided by organizations, educational institutions, or other service providers not listed in paragraph (a) of this subsection, and programs or academic courses presented by the licensee shall require approval by the board.
(2) Presenters of relevant programs or academic courses may earn double continuing education credit for the length of presentation time, not to exceed twelve (12) hours per renewal cycle.
(3) Credit shall not be issued for repeated instruction of the same course.
(4) A licensee shall not receive credit for completing the same CE course within the two (2) year renewal period.
Section 4. Documentation of CE Hours. (1) A licensee shall furnish the following information regarding completion of the appropriate number of CE hours for the current renewal period:
(a) Name of course, date, and the author or instructor;
(b) Name of providing organization and the location of the course;
(c) The number of hours attended;
(d) Provider number;
(e) Provider name and telephone number for board verification;
(f) Official transcripts with a raised seal showing academic credits and grades awarded if courses are received from a university, college, or vocational technical adult education facility; and
(g) Documentation of completion, if requested by the board.
(2) A licensee who supplies false information to the board in order to comply with the CE requirements of this administrative regulation shall be subject to disciplinary action that may include suspension or revocation of license.
Section 5. Procedures for Preapproval of Continuing Education Courses. (1) An entity seeking to obtain approval of a continuing education course prior to its offering shall complete a Continuing Education Program Application and submit it to the board at least sixty (60) days in advance of the commencement of the course, stating the:
(a) Type of learning activity;
(b) Subject matter;
(c) Names and qualifications of the instructors;
(d) Number of continuing education hours offered; and
(e) Statement of how the CE course relates to massage therapy.
(2) A CE activity shall be preapproved if the activity being presented:
(a) Is an organized course of learning;
(b) Pertains to subject matters that integrally relate to the practice of massage therapy;
(c) Contributes to the professional competency of the licensee; and
(d) Is conducted by an individual with approved educational training or experience.
(3) The board shall review preapproval requests meeting the board’s deadline at the board meeting immediately following the submittal and receipt of all required materials. An entity shall submit a preapproval request, and all required materials shall be received by the board at least one (1) business day before the board meeting. The board may defer a preapproval request to the next board meeting if the request did not meet the deadline established in this subsection.
Section 6. Responsibilities and Reporting Requirements of Licensees. A licensee shall:
(1) Identify the licensee’s own continuing education needs, take the initiative in seeking continuing professional education activities to meet these needs, and seek ways to integrate new knowledge, skills, and attitudes;
(2) Select approved activities by which to earn CE hours;
(3) Maintain records of CE hours, for a period of two (2) years from the date of renewal; and
(4) Document attendance and participation in a CE activity by providing official transcripts, copies of certificates, or verification of completion, if requested.
Section 7. Carry-over of CE Hours. (1) A maximum of twelve (12) CE hours may be carried over into the next renewal period.
(2) A licensee shall maintain records related to carry-over continuing education hours and submit those continuing education hours to the board if the licensee elects to utilize those hours for the fulfillment of the continuing education requirement for the current renewal period.
(3) A continuing education course shall only be used for the fulfillment of the continuing education requirement for a single renewal period and shall not be subdivided for utilization in multiple renewal periods.
Section 8. Appeal Procedure If Approval for CE Hours is Denied. If an application for approval of CE hours is disapproved, the licensee may request reconsideration by the board. The request shall be in writing and shall be received by the board within thirty (30) days after the date of the board’s decision denying approval of the CE hours.
Section 9. Audit of CE Activities. The board may audit the documentation of a licensee’s CE hours for the current renewal period. If notified by the board, the licensee shall respond to the audit within thirty (30) days of the date of the request.
Section 10. Waiver or Extension of Continuing Education. (1) The board shall, in individual cases involving medical disability, illness, undue hardship, active military service, or other similar extenuating circumstance that precludes the individual’s completion of the requirements, waive CE requirements or grant an extension of time within which to fulfill the requirements if the board receives:
(a) A written request for waiver or extension of time; and
(b)1. Verifying documentation signed by a licensed physician or proper military personnel, if applicable; or
2. Documentation to support the waiver.
(2) A waiver of the minimum CE requirements or an extension of time within which to fulfill the CE requirements may be granted by the board for a period not to exceed one (1) calendar year. If the circumstance extends beyond the period of the waiver or extension, the licensee shall reapply for the waiver or extension.
Section 11. Incorporation by Reference. (1) "Continuing Education Program Application", August 2014, is incorporated by reference.
(2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Division of Occupations and Professions, 911 Leawood Drive, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (32 Ky.R. 1022; 1229; eff. 2-3-2006; 33 Ky.R. 1887; 2229; eff. 4-6-07; 37 Ky.R. 1022; 1996; eff. 3-4-2011; 40 Ky.R. 2210; 41 Ky.R. 446; eff. 10-3-2014; 42 Ky.R. 1599; eff. 2-5-2016.)