In case you haven’t heard, for the 2015 renewal, all continuing education hours need to be reported before you will be allowed to renew your Florida massage license.
Today, I am going to explain who needs to self-report their hours and guide those of you that need to do this through the steps of self-reporting.
There are two situations where Florida massage therapists need to self-report continuing education hours.
1. Your CE Provider is NCBTMB-Approved Provider that is not registered with CE Broker.
Maybe you are like me and you do not live full-time in Florida and your CEU’s were obtained from an NCBTMB approved provider, but not a Florida-Approved provider registered with CE Broker.
The good news is that hours obtained from a NCBTMB-Approved provider do count towards your renewal (despite what you have heard – Read 64B7-28.010 (9) Requirements for Board Approval of Continuing Education Programs).
The bad news is that NCBTMB providers are not always Florida Board-Approved providers that are registered with CE Broker. These providers do not submit your hours to CE Broker for you. So, you need to self-report your hours.
Back to the good news – the process of self-reporting is quite simple. If you find the process of reporting your hours too difficult, in the future ask your CE Provider if they submit to CE Broker, or check CE Broker for a list of approved providers. Providers registered with CE Broker are required to submit your hours (within 90 days).
2. Your Florida-Approved Provider has not yet entered your continuing education hours into CE Broker.
Florida approved providers have up to 90 days to enter your completed credits. Although most do not take this long, you may want or need to renew your license before they have the chance to enter your completed hours. In this case, you will need to report your hours yourself.
What you’ll need to begin this process:
1. Your CEBroker login User ID and password.
This is not the same as your Florida Board of Massage website login information.
1. To set up your CE Broker account visit here.
2. Choose the type of CE Broker account you need or want. There are three options and range in price from Free to $99/year.
3. If you choose the Basic account you will only need your massage license number. If you choose a paid subscription to CE Broker, you will also need your credit or debit card.
2. CE Transcripts or Certificates
You will need the following information:
- The provider’s name or their CEBroker number, if applicable (begins with #xx-xxxxx).
- Course name or CEBroker tracking number (tracking number looks like #xx-xxxxx)
- Number of hours you completed
- Date the course was completed
You will either need to fax the certificate or transcript in during this process, or attach/upload a scanned/downloaded copy.
I highly suggest you scan, download or take screenshots of your certificates or transcripts that you will be reporting before you begin the renewal process. It will make the process faster.
Now you should be ready to begin the reporting process.
Steps to self-reporting hours online:
After you are logged in, click on “Report Hours”.
Choose the type of continuing education provider. Here is what your choices will be:
Organized and accepted courses of study offered by providers approved by the NCBTMB
Continuing education approved by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy
Organized courses offered by a Board Approved Massage School
Continuing education courses sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association or the American Massage Therapy Association Florida Chapter
Continuing education courses sponsored by the Florida State Massage Therapy Association
Click “Begin” next to the type of provider your will be reporting.
You will need to provide the:
Name of the provider
Name of the course
Date you completed the course
Amount of hours you completed in the correct category
Laws and Rules of the Board
Home study courses should go in this category if they are not HIV, Medical Errors, Laws and Rules of the Board, or Professional Ethics courses.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Relevant to and focus on massage therapy techniques
Must be in the presence of instructor and include hands-on participation by the licensee and/or demonstration by the instructor)
LIVE hours only!
You will then need to upload your certificate or transcript (if needed).
You can watch me report hours from a Florida Approved Provider here:
You can watch me report hours from a NCBTMB CE Provider (one not registered with CE Broker) here:
The Complete 2015 Florida Renewal Guide
If you would like further information on renewing your Florida massage license, this guide walks you step-by-step through the process of completing your renewal requirements and filing your renewal form. Just fill out the form below to get your free copy.