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Washington Massage Therapy

Continuing Education Requirements

TEMPORARY CE CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19

Massage therapy license requirements vary from state to state and the laws are constantly changing. It is our current understanding that Washington requires massage therapists to complete 24 CE hours every 2 years for license renewal. A minimum of 4 CE hours must be in ethics, communication and/or Washington state massage laws and rules. 2 of these 4 CE hours must include professional roles and boundaries.

The Board has extended their policy on allowing all hours to be earned through home study courses through December 31, 2021.

What We Can Do For You!

The State of Washington Department of Health Board of Massage has extended its suspension of the requirement pertaining to the number of CE hours that must be obtained through direct supervised training effective through December 31, 2021. Therefore, you may take all your continuing education hours through our home study programs with the exception of animal massage unless you have the animal massage endorsement added to your license.

For more information please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/2300/2021/MassageCERequirementsduringCOVID-20-01-3.pdf.


  • You may fulfill your minimum requirement of 4 CE hours in ethics, communication and/or Washington state massage laws and rules through our home study programs. Please note that 2 of these 4 CE hours must include professional roles and boundaries.
  • You may enroll in any of our 160+ courses to satisfy the 24 CE hour requirement. Because the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education Approved Provider, the Washington Board of massage will accept these courses.

If you would like to verify this information, or have further questions regarding your massage therapy continuing education requirements, we suggest contacting the Washington Board of Massage directly. The telephone number for the Washington Board is 360-236-4847 or visit their website at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=246-830-475.

Remember, the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education Approved Provider (#049478-00) and Health Positive! is a division of the Institute. All of our continuing education programs can be used for your Board Certification renewal.

You may also use our credits for other organizations you belong to such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) or Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

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