The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) offers programs and services that support professional mobility and efficient license renewal processes across the country.

Regulating professional education is a necessary part of ensuring professionalism and protecting the public, and regulators normally require licensees to complete a certain amount of education each licensing period to meet minimum standards. Continuing Education enables massage and bodywork professionals to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date, with the ultimate goal of improving performance and client outcomes.

For seasoned professionals the maintenance of competence is vitally important to public safety. To determine competence over time without periodic reassessment leaves doubt as to the ongoing effectiveness of the licensed professional. Assurance of continuing competence is the shared responsibility of the regulatory community, professional associations, employers, educators and the massage and bodywork professionals who are individually responsible for maintaining their continuing competence.

A primary FSMTB goal is to support efforts among our member boards to establish compatible requirements and cooperative procedures for the legal regulation of massage and bodywork therapists, in order to facilitate professional mobility and simplify and standardize the licensing process. A key initiative in fulfilling this goal is to establish robust, fair and reasonable standardized requirements of quality for continuing education.