Today, I am going to clear up two questions I receive about the HIV/AIDS course requirement for Florida Massage Therapists.
1. Since the 1 hour HIV/AIDS course is no longer required for license renewal, is it still required for those applying for their Florida Massage License?
2. I already have taken a 3 hour HIV/AIDS course during massage school, or as part of my license renewal in another state, do I need to take it again?
HIV/AIDS requirement for license renewal vs initial licensure
As of July 1st, 2012, Florida massage therapists are no longer required to complete a minimum one hour HIV/AIDS continuing education course per biennial renewal.
This rule change has led to a few questions from people seeking a license about whether an HIV/AIDS course is still required for obtaining a Florida massage license.
As of 2016, a 3 hour HIV/AIDS course is still now NO LONGER required for initial licensure by the Massage Board.
Only 10 hours of Florida Massage Law and Rules is required for new applicants.
The 10 hour Florida Law and Rules course can be purchased and taken online here.
The below information is no longer relevant dut to the fact the 3 Hour HIV/AIDS course is not currently listed as a requirement for new applicants.
Seeking a Florida license and have previously taken an HIV/AIDS course?
For those of you that have already completed an HIV/AIDS course in massage school or as part of your license renewal in another state, the Florida Board of Massage website states:
“Proof of completion of a three (3) hour HIV/AIDS course taken from a Florida Board approved massage therapy school or a Florida Board approved continuing education provider.”
The last part of that sentence is really important.
The HIV/AIDS course (and all other required courses) must be from a Florida board-approved school or a Florida board-approved continuing education provider.
HIV/AIDS education is commonly included as part of basic massage training curriculum. Some states, such as Maryland, require a 3 hour HIV/AIDS course every license renewal.
Those who have completed the HIV/AIDS requirement in another state sometimes assume they only need to complete the remaining two courses (10 hour Florida law and 2 Hour Prevention of Medical Errors).
Weeks later they get excited to see a letter from the Florida Board of Massage assuming it is their license. Then they open it only to find a letter from the Board stating their HIV/AIDS course from their school or continuing education was not from a Florida board-approved provider.
They are instructed to submit proof completion from an approved provider before their license is issued.
I recommend that if you have taken an HIV/AIDS course previously, verify that it was from a Florida Approved provider. You can verify Florida-approved providers at cebroker.com (My provider number is #50-11905).
If you purchase the Florida licensing package I have available, I suggest you complete all three courses in the package to be safe. The HIV/AIDS course is actually free with the package.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!