New rules: where are we?

On December 24, 2020, the rule-making order, also known as the CR-103, was filed with the Office of the Code Reviser under WSR 21-02-012.  This document, along with the final rule language and the concise explanatory statement, is on the Massage Therapy webpage.

The new rules go into effect September 1, 2021.  The following highlights amendments to the chapter:

FAQs About the New Rules

Q:  I am currently in a board-approved program that is less than 625 hours and will not graduate until after September 1, 2021.  Will I qualify for licensure?

A:  Yes, you will qualify for licensure if your program started before September 1, 2021.  Any program that begins on or after September 1, 2021, must meet the 625-hour education and training requirement.


Q:  I am licensed in another state.  The state I hold licensure in requires less than 625 hours for licensure, and the program I completed was less than 625 hours.  Do I need to make up the difference in hours?

A:  It depends.  The licensure by endorsement for out-of-state applicant’s rule allows a person who is licensed in another state with substantially equivalent licensure requirements to qualify for licensure by endorsement if they meet all the following:

If the applicant does not meet these requirements, then they may fulfill the remaining education and training as outlined in WAC 246-830-037.


Q: What changes were made to continuing education requirements?

A: Massage therapists must still do 24 hours of CE every two years.  The following highlights the amendments to the rule: