Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-3-.02 - Application for Licensure

(1) The applicant for licensure as a massage therapist shall submit an application and the required non-refundable fee on a form approved by the Board, and evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:
(a) is at least 18 years of age; and
(b) has a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent; and
(c) is a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States.
(2) In addition to the information called for on the form, the applicant must also provide or complete the following:
(a) satisfactory results from a fingerprint record check report conducted by the Georgia Crime Information Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as determined by the Board. The applicant shall be responsible for all fees associated with the performance of such background check (see instructions on how to register and complete the fingerprint check posted @ www.sos.ga.gov/plb/massage, Application Downloads link); and
(b) official verification from NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) or FSMTB (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards) showing applicant has passed the NCBTMB National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) or National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB), or the FSMTB Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), or an exam deemed equivalent or equal to the NCE or FSMTB exam by the Board; and,
(c) applicants educated within the United States: submit an official, certified school transcript in an original sealed envelope, by the applicant's school or program, of successful completion (graduation) of a board-recognized massage therapy education program consisting of a minimum of five-hundred (500) hours of course and clinical work in accordance with Board rule 345-8; or,
(d) applicants educated outside the United States:
1. provide a credential evaluation report, in English, completed by a verifiable credential evaluation entity subject to the Board's approval to include a certified copy of the school transcript translated into English that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
i. all documentation must be certified translations including the name and contact number of the person completing and approving the credential evaluation report; and,
ii. the credential evaluation report shall include verification that the massage therapy educational entity providing the transcript to the applicant of the education was licensed, recognized or approved by a government, country, province or territory's educational commission, regulatory body or other verifiable official.
2. official verification of passage of one of the following national exams: MBLEx, NCBTMB, or NCBTM.
3. the Board reserves the right to recognize and consider mitigating circumstances with regard to the provision of educational information within compliance with this rule.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 345-3-.02
O.C.G.A. ยงยง 43-1-3, 43-1-7, 43-1-19, 43-1-24, 43-1-25, 43-24A-7, 43-24A-8 and 43-24A-11.
Original Rule entitled "Application for Licensure Post July 1, 2007" adopted. F. July 5, 2007; eff. July 25, 2007. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Mar. 9, 2009; eff. Mar. 29, 2009. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Nov. 3, 2010; eff. Nov. 23, 2010. Repealed: New Rule entitled "Application for Licensure" adopted. F. Oct. 30, 2013; eff. Nov. 19, 2013.

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