Licensed massage therapists must complete at least 8 hours of continuing education every two years. (SDCL 36-35-19) Accepted continuing education is any course with a clear purpose and objective which maintains, improves, or expands the skills and knowledge relevant to massage therapy of the human body. Qualifying activities must meet the definition of massage therapy pursuant or be education presented by an approved provider of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or American Medical Massage Association, or both. (ARSD 20:76:03)
Any or all of the required 8 hours of continuing education may be obtained electronically (online or by other electronic means).
Because continuing education is required every two years, continuing education is prorated based on the initial date of your licensure. If you were licensed before October 1, 2012, you must show proof of 8 hours of continuing education to renew your license by September 30, 2014. If you were licensed after October 1, 2012, please refer to the following for the continuing education hours required to renew your license by September 30, 2014:
October 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013 8 hours of continuing education required
April 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013 6 hours of continuing education required
October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014 4 hours of continuing education required
April 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014 2 hours of continuing education required