Continuing Education: Frequently Asked Questions

How many CEs do I need?
Oregon requires 25 hours of continuing education every two years, due with your renewal. Of the 25 hours, at least 15 must be contact hours of continuing education training or Board approved activities. At least four contact hours must be in Professional Ethics, Boundaries and/or Communication. The remaining 10 of 25 hours may be contact or noncontact hours.  If you are licensed in another state, please check with the licensing agency of that state for specific details. At least one contact hour must be CPR.

What is the difference between "contact" hours and "noncontact" hours?
For exact details, please visit the
OBMT web site.  Contact hours are essentially classes (that show a demonstrable relationship to the practice of massage) taught by and in the presence of an instructor and other LMTs.  Noncontact hours can be met through a variety of sources, including volunteering, books, DVDs, attending board meetings, research, and other types of study related to massage.  Again, for specifics as to what can be accepted, please contact the OBMT.  You can also review Oregon Administrative Rule (Chapter 334) regarding requirements. Definitions are in 334-001-0060 (14) and requirements are in 334-010-0050 as of January 1, 2017.

How many hours of Ethics are required?
Currently, four contact hours in ethics, boundaries and/or communication are required by the State of Oregon each two-year renewal period.  If you choose to maintain certification with or membership in an organization that requires ethics classes, these can also be used towards your continuing education hours for Oregon as long as they also meet Oregon criteria. Robert Bike, OMTA's former president, is now teaching a four-hour ethics class nearly every month at Lane Community College in downtown Eugene. See his website for details.

Why is continuing education so expensive?
Not all CE classes have to be expensive to be of quality.  Our licensing board recognizes that many LMTs cannot afford several hundred dollars each renewal period for continuing education and offers a variety of flexible options that you can utilize to fulfill your requirements.  

Furthermore, you can still get contact hours at reasonable prices if you know where to look and what to do. OBMT board meetings provide you with up-to-date information on what is occurring with state regulation, are free to attend, provide you with one contact hour of CE and are held approximately every other month in Salem, with one or two traveling meetings a year to outlying areas of the state (for specific details, visit www.oregon.gov/obmt)  

If you are in or near Lane County OMTA co-sponsors a monthly meeting at Lane Community College where members can attend a 2 CE hour meeting for $5 per month.  The meetings are held usually on the first Monday of the month (except holidays) from 6:30-8:30 pm at the LCC downtown campus, usually in room 230.

How do I become a certified provider for continuing education for massage therapists in Oregon?
There is currently no such thing as a certified provider for continuing education for massage therapists in Oregon, however the OAR 334-010-0050 on Continuing Education lists 13 topics that are currently accepted.  If you have a class that you feel is of value to massage therapists, check the Oregon Administrative Rules, and if you are still not sure, contact the OBMT.  

LMTs in Oregon are responsible for tracking and maintaining records of their CE hours for five years.  It is helpful, if you do offer a course, that you provide attendees of your classes with a certificate that has the following information on it: Class title (and brief description if the title does not fully describe the coursework), instructor name, date, and time(s) of the class, instructor phone number, and the number of hours of the class. You also must give the attendees a syllabus showing that the class material is in the 13 topics referred to above.

Continuing education provided by a certified college or a professional massage organization, such as OMTA, are accepted by the OBMT. If you teach a class on your own, contact the OBMT for more information.

What classes can I take for Oregon that are also good for my national license?

1) There is no such thing at this time as a "national license" for massage therapy.

2) If you are certified through an organization or association that has specific requirements for continuing education, any contact hours (see Oregon definitions) can be used for your Oregon requirements as well.  

Be aware that an online, webinar, video, distance learning, or other media courses may only count for non-contact hours.

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