The deadline is approaching for massage therapists to become licensed under the grandfather provision of state law. The Massage Therapy Law requires anyone practicing the therapy to be licensed.
Existing practitioners’ applications must be approved, not just submitted by December 30th, and turnaround will take some time. Anyone applying for licensure after the deadline must pass the state examination to become licensed, even if they already have all of the qualifications.
Katie True, Commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, says they’re working diligently to get applications processed. She says people being grandfathered in will have to submit paperwork with their applications.
True says they’ve already have a huge number of applications come in. They’ve had to put some extra staff on to properly review the paperwork. She says turnaround time can be anywhere from three to four weeks, so she recommends massage therapists start now in gathering their paperwork and submitting their applications.
For more information on licensing requirements, go online to dos.state.pa.us.