The state of New York has some of the strictest massage therapy licensure requirements in the united states, requiring at least 1000 hours of massage therapy education for licensure.
However, anyone licensed and qualified to practice massage therapy within the state of New York, is also qualified to teach massage therapy without additional education and experience requirements.
Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors
Per the New York State Office of Professionals, ” Persons qualified to practice massage therapy in NYS may offer courses, workshops and seminars to any licensed massage therapist or otherwise authorized professional as continuing education.” In order to teach new students as part of a licensure program, currently licensed therapists must work through an accredited massage therapy school.
Massage licensure in New York State requires at least 1000 hours of education at an accredited massage therapy school, including coursework in anatomy, physiology, neurology, myology, kinesiology, pathology, hygiene, first aid, CPR, infection control procedures, theory, technique and practice of bodywork.
There is no supplemental experience requirement, beyond a license to practice massage therapy in the state of New York.
Generally, massage schools throughout the country require at least 2 years professional experience before they will consider a candidate.
Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers
Continuing education requirements for maintaining licensure require 36 hours of continuing education every 3 years.
The state of New York does not explicitly require its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance. Given that insurance costs are relatively low, and risk can be potentially high, it is a good idea to carry insurance even though it is not required.
Liability insurance is available through a massage professional organization, such as AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) or ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals). AMTA’s professional membership explicitly includes insurance for massage professionals working as classroom teachers.
There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in New York State, which is $108 for the initial application, and the renewal fee is $55 every 3 years. Therapists will also need to pay for continuing education credits which vary in price, but 36 credit hours are required every 3 years.