Getting continuing education units (CEUs) as a massage therapist is usually required by most state boards. However, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be an enjoyable experience! After going to school for the core curriculum needed to initially get your license, investing in continuing education can bring you closer to your passions.
Interested in discovering more about why you might invest in continuing education units and how you can go about it? If so, you won’t want to miss out on this article!
Using Education to Become an Expert
When you first go to school to become a massage therapist, chances are that you’ll be doing the primary curriculum required to gain licensing in your state. Most aspiring massage therapists at this level will have similar education to you. So when you seek out continuing education credits, you can distinguish yourself from the crowd.
Additionally, trying to take on too many things is difficult. Attempting to master everything there is to know within the scope of bodywork is ambitious. But becoming a specialist in the niche of your choice is the ticket to success. Education can be a great way to find a modality that you love doing. Plus, it’ll help you become an expert in that field.
There are several benefits to finding your niche and gaining mastery over it moving forward. For example, when you use your education to become an expert and then “stay in your lane”:
● You’ll work with clients who you enjoy serving, and doing so will light you up.
● You’ll gain in-depth knowledge and become the go-to experts in your area.
● You’ll be able to charge more for your time since you’ll be performing specialized services.
Fulfilling Your CEU Requirements
How many units do you need in continuing education a year?
Well, based on the state that you live in, it really depends. For example, your licensing agency, certification board or professional association can have different requirements. So it’s best to do some research upfront to know how many CEUs you need to seek out annually.
There are a variety of places that these types of requirements might come from. It differs depending on your circumstances. For example, you’ll want to pay attention to the rules and regulations of your:
● City or county
● State governing board
● National certification board
● Or your professional association.
For instance, here in California, I do not have a state requirement for continuing education units. But I do have a requirement to gain CEUs from my professional association where I get my liability insurance.
So even if your state doesn’t require that you continue educating yourself, another source might.
Finding Continuing Education
So, how does one go about finding places to gain CEUs to fulfill the necessary requirements as a massage therapist?
First of all, you will want to find a provider that is accredited. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has high standards for their continuing education providers. So if something is accredited by them, you’re probably safe to take that course.
If you’re not sure exactly where to start looking, you’re in luck! Start Massage Biz offers courses that are nationally accredited by the NCBTMB. So by taking the online courses that we offer, you can contribute to your required CEUs!
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Getting CEUs is usually required by your city, country, state, boards, or professional association. So it’s essential to do your research and see where the requirements for your continuing education units are coming from.
Although this is something all massage therapists need to do, you can specialize in such a way that you move towards your passions. Knowing what modalities and skills light you up can make continuing your education enjoyable and fulfilling!
Plus, if you need some CEUs right now, you won’t want to miss out on our nationally accredited online courses.