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49 Pa. Code § 20.32. Continuing education hours, maintenance of certificates of completion.

§ 20.32. Continuing education hours, maintenance of certificates of completion.

 (a)  Licensees shall complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education in the field of massage therapy as set forth in section 4(6) of the act (63 P.S. §  627.4(6)) and §  20.33 (related to continuing education content and providers) in the 2-year period immediately preceding the application for license renewal. To be creditable, continuing education must meet the requirements for Board approval set forth in this section and §  20.33.

 (b)  Licensees shall complete a minimum of 4 hours of continuing education in professional ethics in each biennial renewal period.

 (c)  A minimum of 16 hours of continuing education shall be earned through contact hours.

 (d)  Courses for the renewal of the licensee’s CPR certification shall be earned through contact hours and may not be used to meet the biennial continuing education requirement.

 (e)  Licensees shall retain the certificates of completion from continuing education courses for a minimum of 5 years.

 (f)  A licensee who is unable to complete the required continuing education shall request a waiver or extension from the Board at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the license. The request must include details about the licensee’s illness, emergency or hardship, including documentation such as a letter from the licensee’s physician or a copy of the licensee’s military orders. The Board will respond in writing either granting or denying a request for waiver or extension.

 (g)  Licensees may be audited to ensure their compliance with the continuing education requirements.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  20.31 (relating to expiration, renewal and reactivation of license); and 49 Pa. Code §  43b.23a (relating to schedule of civil penalties—massage therapists).

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