Thursday, July 5, 2012

NJ Massage Therapy Licensure Begins

"Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive
for improvement. Those who initiate change will have
a better opportunity to manage the
change that is inevitable."

- William Pollard   

New Jersey: CMT to LMT

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), New Jersey will begin the massage therapy licensure process on September 4, 2012. The New Jersey Board of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapy will post the on-line application on their website on the said date. The licensure process will be an on-line ONLY application.

Here are some of the Licensure Frequently Asked Questions. Details of which can be found at: AMTA-NJ website:

1. How will I know when licensure gets enacted?
a. The application for licensure will be available on September 4, 2012, online.
b. AMTA-NJ will utilize various methods to contact members with any licensure updates that they receive: phone call, email blast, letters to those who do not have an email address, and website updates.
c. It is imperative that members have their contact information current with AMTA-National to ensure successful communication!
             ii. (877) 905-0577
d. If you are not a member of AMTA, you may go directly to NJ Consumer Affairs Website: Board of Massage, Bodywork and SomaticTherapy.

2. My massage school no longer exists/I cannot obtain my massage school transcripts. What should I do?
a. The licensure Board has encouraged people in this situation to take the MBLEx to avoid delays in licensure. You do not need to provide transcripts to take the MBLEx.

3. Where can I go to get CPR/AED and First Aid Certified?
a. Many local First Aid Squads, Fire Departments, Teaching Hospitals and Independent Providers (Teaching-certified NPs, RNs), etc. offer these classes. Make sure when you sign up for a class that you are getting both CPR/AED and First Aid.

4. Where can I find the application for licensure?
a. The application will be available online ONLY on September 4, 2012 at the NJ Board of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapy website.
b. Once it becomes available, you will only be able to apply for licensure online. If you do not have internet access at home, you may utilize your local library for this.

5. What will I need to apply for my license?
a. The most current Law and Rule are located on AMTA-NJ website where you can read all of the requirements for the application.

6. I am already State Certified. What are the next steps?
a. State Certification is the fastest route to licensure and ensures there are no gaps in your ability to legally practice in the state of NJ. If you are already State Certified, when you renew in November, you will be renewing as a license.

If you are interested to know more about this topic or you have any other further concerns, here are the contact details of the source of this post:

AMTA NJ Chapter
P.O. Box 4559
Toms River, NJ 08754

Phone: 973-376-5151
Fax: 732-608-6821

- Leo Feraer-Oporto    

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