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Frequently Asked Questions
Renewal & Continuing Education Questions
Q:  How do I know this is my first renewal?
A:  If you first received your Oregon license less than 25 months ago, this will be your first renewal.

Q: What am I required to submit as part of my first renewal?
A:  Provide the completed renewal form, signed with the appropriate status request on the second page, proof of current CPR, payment, and any additional documentation that may be requested.

Q:  When is the renewal due date?
A:  Your renewal is due the first day of the month of your expiration date.  Your renewal form must be postmarked no later than the first day of your birth month (NOT your actual birthday) in order to avoid the assessment of late fees.  Late fees begin to accrue on the second day of the month at a rate of $25.00 per week up to the maximum amount of $250.00.

Q:  Will the Board mail me my renewal form?
A:  As a courtesy, the OBMT sends license renewal postcard reminders to the mailing address on file.  However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the LMT to be sure that they have renewed online or printed a renewal form from the OBMT web site prior to their due date.  We suggest you mark your calendar to watch for your renewal date.  You can print the renewal form from our web site, at http://www.oregon.gov/OBMT/forms.shtml. 

Q: What if the information on my renewal form is not current or correct?
A:  Make the appropriate changes on your printed renewal form or when renewing online update your information in the renewal system.  If you have a change of name, please make certain to mail or fax either a copy of a current Driver’s License or a copy of the court document legalizing the change.
 
Q:  I have taken continuing education courses since my first renewal. How do I submit them?
A:  Retain all originals of your continuing education certificate(s). When it is time to renew, list your CE's in the online renewal system or printed renewal form and retain the original CE certificates incase you are chosen for a CE audit. 

Q:  Am I required to provide proof of current CPR?
A:  Yes.  Effective January 1, 2008, all renewals requesting active status are required to include proof of current adult basic CPR.  You may use hours spent to obtian your CPR toward your CE requirements and an online CPR course is acceptable. While First Aid is not required, you may use this hours towards your CE requirements.  You will need to provide the expiration date of the card as proof of completion, or if chosen for a CE audit you will provide a copy of the CPR card.
 
Q: How many Continuing Education (CE) hours am I required to submit with my renewal?
A:  All Active LMTs are required to provide proof of 25 CE hours.  With the exception of contact hours carried over from the prior license period, all CE must be obtained in the two years prior to your renewal due date.  A minimum of 12 CE hours must be “contact” and a maximum of 13 CE hours can be “non-contact.”
 
Q:  What if I my CE hours exceed the required CE hours?
A:  All Continuing Education must be completed within the renewal period. Contact hours taken in excess of the total number required may only be carried over to the next subsequent renewal period. E.g. if you have taken 75 hours of CE’s in this renewal period & SUBMIT them to the board for renewal, then yes 25 CE’s would renewal your license & 25 CE’s will carry over. If you have taken 75 CE’s in this renewal period and submit 25 CE’s to the Board for renewal, the excess will not carry over & you will not be able to submit them at your next renewal period, because they would not have been taken during that renewal period. 
 
Q: What is the difference between “contact” CE hours and “non-contact” CE hours?
A:  Contact CE hours are defined as being taken in the physical presence of an instructor with a minimum of 2 other massage, bodywork or healthcare professionals.  Non-contact CE hours are self-guided instruction which could include books, videos, online courses, volunteer hours, and other items as described on the CE portion of the renewal form.  For any activities not listed on the form, please check with the board office in advance to make sure it will be eligible for credit.
 
Q:  What documentation is required to provide as proof of completion of my CE courses?
A:  Provide a copy of each certificate of completion, letter of verification, or official/unofficial transcript.  You must retain the originals for your records for 5 years.  If the CE is done through self-guided instruction you will need to write a one-page summary that includes identifying information such as source, title, author and hours spent on the review of the materials.

Q:  How do I know if a course that I have taken qualifies for CE hours?
A:  If the course is relevant, pertains to the practice of massage, is usable in your massage practice, and enhance your massage knowledge, it qualifies for CE.  This includes a very wide range of courses.

Q:  How are CE hours calculated?
A:  CE hours are calculated as 1 clock hour equals 1 CE hour. However, if you take a college course and the time is calculated in credits, a standard 10 CEs per credit is given unless otherwise indicated by the school.

Q:  What is the difference between Active status and Inactive status?
A:  Active status means you hold a valid license to practice massage in the State of Oregon.  Inactive status is similar to putting your license on “hold” for a time.  Inactive licensees may not advertise or practice massage in the State of Oregon.  However, maintaining an inactive license makes the process more simple to return to active status should you decide to begin practicing again.

Q:  What does it mean if I request Inactive status?
A:  You may request Inactive status at the time of your renewal and remain in Inactive status for up to 6 years. At the time of reactivation you will be required to provide proof of CE hours reflective of the number of CE hours required at the time of each renewal period, up to a maximum of 50 CE hours.

If you have additional questions or need clarity, please do not hesitate to contact Licensing Coordinator by email at obmt.info@state.or.us or by phone at (503) 365-8657 ext. 6.

Fingerprinting Questions

Q: Who is required to submit fingerprints for Background Checks?
A: All initial license applicants, any licensee returning from a lapsed status and any licensee returning from an inactive status. *** AT THIS TIME, FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR MASSAGE LICENSE RENEWALS, UNLESS A LICENSEE IS RETURNING FROM AN INACTIVE OR LAPSED STATUS *** 

 
Q: At what point do the fingerprint cards need to be submitted?
A: If you reside outside the State of Oregon, a fingerprint card will be accepted and may be submitted with the examination application or with the initial licensure application. If you reside in the State of Oregon, you must have your fingerprint taken electronically. Please see the instruction below to schedule an appointment for your fingerprints to be taken electronically in the State of Oregon. You may not submit your fingerprint card prior to the examination or initial license application. Please note that failure to provide a fingerprint card (for non-Oregon residence) or schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken electronically (Oregon residence) WILL NOT impede your ability to take the Oregon Practical Examination. The Board will accept fingerprint cards for non-Oregon residence with examination application as a courtesy and a means to expedite the licensure process. An individual WILL NOT be issued an initial Oregon massage license without a completed fingerprint background check. 
 
Q: When do I pay the fingerprint fee?
A: You must pay $47.25 fingerprint processing fee before scheduling your appointment to have your print taken electronically in the State of Oregon.  If you reside outside the State of Oregon, you will need to pay the processing fee of $47.25 when you submit a fingerprint card to the Board office. 
 
Q: What happens when I submit my fingerprints?
A: Once you have scheduled and have your fingerprints taken electronically with fieldprint, fieldprint submits your prints electronically to the Oregon State Police. The State Police performs an in-state background check and forwards the fingerprints to the FBI for a national background check. The FBI then returns the results to the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Police return the results to the Board of Massage. 
 
Q: How long does it take to process my fingerprint?
A: It can take up to 10 days for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists to receive the fingerprint results from the Oregon State Police.
 
Q: What are my options when getting fingerprinted?
A: You must schedule an appointment for your fingerprint to be taken electronically in the State of Oregon with fieldprint. If you reside outside the State of Oregon, a fingerprint card will be accepted.
 
*** Please be aware that there is a separate fee of $12.50, paid directly to fieldprint for obtaining electronic fingerprints. For fingerprint cards obtained outside the State of Oregon at a law enforcement agency, contact the law enforcement agency directly for more information on fees. ***  
 

Q: Does the Board provide the fingerprint cards?
A:No. The fingerprints are taken and submitted electronically by fieldprint
   
Q: Do I have to submit to a fingerprint check if I've already done so for another agency or another reason?
A: Yes. Agencies do not share this information and once completed, the fingerprints are destroyed. As a result, each agency is required to obtain their own fingerprint checks from the applicant.
 
Q: What happens if there is a negative response to my background check?
A: The Board will send a letter to the applicant requesting additional information pertaining to the arrest or conviction. Additional information includes: Copies of police reports (obtained from the arresting agency), copies of judgments (documents from the courts indicating what was required), copies of settlement of judgment (documents from the courts indicating that all requirements have been met) and an explanation from the applicant pertaining to the event and, if not reported as required, why it was not reported to the Board as required. 
 
Arrests and/or convictions do not automatically disqualify someone from obtaining a license as an Oregon licensed massage therapist, however failure to accurately and adequately report may hinder or delay the licensure process.

To schedule an electronic fingerprinting appointment in the State of Oregon, please follow these simple instructions:
1.        Visit www.FieldprintOregon.com 
2.        Click on the “Schedule an Appointment” button.
 
3.        Enter an email address under “New Users/Sign Up” and click the “Sign Up” button. Follow the instructions for creating a Password and Security Question and then click “Sign Up and Continue”
4.        Enter this Fieldprint Code: FPORMassTherapistsDAS
 
5.        Enter the contact and demographic information required by the FBI and schedule a fingerprint appointment at the location of your choosing.
6.        At the end of the process, print the Confirmation Page. Take the Confirmation Page with you to your fingerprint appointment, along with two forms of identification.
7.        If you have any questions or problems, you may contact our customer service team at
                 877-614-4364 or customerservice@fieldprint.com .


 

Misc. Licensure Questions

Q: What are the fees?
A: The fees are:                                      
     $100 per biennial renewal for initial license
     $50 per biennial renewal for initial license under 12 months      
     $150 per biennial renewal for active license 
     $50 per biennial renewal for inactive license
     $25 per week, up to a maximum of $250, for any late renewal
     $50 for exam/endorsement application processing
     $150 for each practical examination
     $100 for mailing list
     $10 for license reprint
     $10 for license verification
     $250 Credentialing Review
     Current Oregon State Police Criminal Background Check Fee
     and other administrative fees as allowed by law
 
Q: Can I get a copy of my license?
A: Yes, you may order a copy of your license.  License reprints are $10 each.  You may order one or more copies by completing this form and sending it to the Board office with the appropriate payment.
 
Q: I need to have verification of my Oregon license sent to another state.  Is there a fee for that?
A: Yes, there is a $10 fee for each license verification requested.  Typically, each state has their own form that they wish for our office to complete.  Please submit the required verification form with a $10 payment for each verification requested.  You may also request a verification of licensure by using this form.  Please be sure to include information on where you would like to have the license verification sent.
 
Q:  What documentation am I required to submit for a change of name? A:  You will need to provide either a copy of a current Driver's License or a copy of the court document that legalizes the change of name.  Note it is not required that you request a reprint of your license to reflect the change of name.  However, you may order a license reprint by completing this form and sending it to the Board office with the appropriate payment.  

Examination and Qualification Questions
Q:  How do I become licensed in Oregon?
A: Oregon requires 500 hours/20 quarter credits/13.34 semester credits of education to be broken down into 200 hours/8 quater credits/5.34 semester credits of health sciences and must include Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology and the remaining 300 hours/12 quater credits/8 semster credits must be comprised of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Sanitation, Communication, and Ethics. As of January 1, 2012 Hydrotherapy is no longer required, but may be included as part of the 300 hours. If you meet the educational requirements, you would need to take the Oregon Practical Exam and either the NCBTMB exam or the Federation of State MBlex exam or the Certification Board for Structural integration CESI exam. If you have already passed either of these written exams, a photocopy of your results will satisfy that requirement.  

You can obtain your education through as many schools as you wish, as long as you are taking certified classes.

Per OAR 334-001-0060 (8) "Certified Class" means a class that is approved by the board and is offered (a) By a person or institution licensed as a career school under ORS 345.010 to 345.450; or (b) By a community college approved by the Department of Education; or (c) In another state and licensed or approved by the appropriate agency in that state.

You can find out more information by visiting http://www.oregon.gov/OBMT/forms/CandidateHandbookCombined.pdf. This link will give you an application as well as explain what to expect on the day of the practical exam.
 
 
Q: I failed the exam and want to see what questions I got wrong so I can study.
A: We’re sorry, we cannot release the practical exam.
 
Per OAR 334-010-0010 (8) Test questions, scoring keys and other examination data used to administer the qualifying examination are exempt from disclosure under ORS 192.410 to 192.505 as amended.
 
 
Q: When is the exam given and how will I be scheduled for the exam?
A: The practical exam is given on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  When you send your application in, it is reviewed. If there is anything missing you will get a letter back requested that additional documentation.  If, however, your application is complete, then you will receive a notice by mail and e-mail. The notice will contain a user ID and password granting access to the online scheduler found here: https://hrlb.oregon.gov/OBMT/Schedule/Account/Login. There, you can schedule yourself for an open exam slot. 
  
 
Q: Do I have to take the written exam before the practical exam?
A: No, you can take the tests in either order, they both must be passed prior to becoming licensed in Oregon.
 
 
Q: Why do I have to provide my Social Security Number?
A: As part of the application for an initial professional license, certification, or registration issued by the OBMT, the person is required to provide their Social Security Number to the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.  This is mandatory.  The authority for this requirement is ORS 25.785, ORS 305.385, 42 USC § 405 (c)(2)(C)(i), and 42 USC § 666 (a)(13).  Failure to provide a valid Social Security Number will be a basis to refuse to issue or renew the license.

Arrest Record and Compliance Questions
ARRESTS & CONVICTIONS
 
Q: I have a criminal conviction or arrest history.  Can I become licensed as a massage therapist in the State of Oregon?
 
A: Individuals with criminal records or convictions are not automatically barred from being licensed as massage therapists in the state of Oregon.  However, each case is reviewed individually before a decision is made and the determination is made based upon the facts of each case.  Consideration is given towards whether or not the crime bears a demonstrable relationship to the practice of massage.
 
You should also be aware that the decision to accept application for licensure in the case of a prior criminal record will only be made at the time of application.  There is no guarantee that investing the time and money to pursue a career as a massage therapist would result in the issuance of a license.
 
 
Q: What information do I have to provide to the Board pertaining to my arrest history?
 
A:  Information pertaining to arrest matters requested at the time of application will be:
Copies of police reports (obtained from the arresting agency)
Copies of the judgment (documents from the courts detailing what was required of you)
Copies of settlement of judgment (documents from the courts indicating that requirements have been met)
Detailed statement from you indicating what occurred, how it was resolved and what you've learned from the situation.
 
 
Q: What types of arrests need to be reported?
A: ALL arrests and/or convictions need to be reported to the Board.  This includes matters such as DUII, which may have been dismissed through diversion, or matters where the case was dismissed without a conviction. 
 
 
Q: How current does the arrest have to be for me to report it?
A: ALL arrests that have occurred as an adult need to be reported.  
    
 
PRACTICE QUESTIONS
 
Q: What is the scope of practice of massage in the State of Oregon?
 
A: 334-010-0025 Practice of Massage 
(1) Massage treatment may include, but is not limited to:
(a) Client intake and assessment;
(b) Practice of massage or bodywork;
(c) Post massage assessment and recommendation; and
(d) Documentation.
(2) Massage treatment does not include:
(a) The application of high velocity/low amplitude force further defined as thrust techniques directed toward joint surfaces;
(b) The use of equipment or devices that require a prescription; or
(c) Making a medical diagnosis.
 
 
Q: Does my preferred modality or field of practice require me to become licensed as a massage therapist in the State of Oregon?
 
A: The Board regulates massage therapists and the people who make physical contact that falls under the definition of massage, with a client.  The Board does not regulate techniques.  As stated in ORS 687.011(5): “massage” or “massage therapy” means the use on the human body of pressure, friction, stroking, tapping or kneading, vibration or stretching by manual or mechanical means or gymnastics, with or without appliances such as vibrators, infrared heat, sun lamps and external baths and with or without lubricants such as salts, powders, liquids or creams for the purpose of but not limited to, maintaining good health and establishing and maintaining good physical condition.
 
If the work you refer to does not involve touching the client or if the work you refer to does not fall under the definition of massage, the practitioner doing the work would not need to be regulated by this board. However, once contact is made with the client, the practitioner could be providing one or more of the components stated in the definition of massage and possibly be subject to disciplinary action by the Board if the practitioner is unlicensed.
 
If you are concerned about the legal liabilities in relation to the work you refer to, it is recommended that you consult with your own legal counsel.
 
 
Q: I practice reflexology.  Do I need a license in the State of Oregon?
 
A: Effective January 1, 2008, there has been a specific exemption for the practice of Reflexology in Oregon.  The exemptions is as follows per ORS 687.031 (1)(i): Practitioners of reflexology who do not claim expressly or implicitly to be massage therapists and who limit their work to the practice of reflexology through the application of pressure with the thumbs to reflex points on the feet, hands and ears for the purpose of bringing the body into balance, thereby promoting the well-being of clients.
 
If you are concerned about the legal liabilities in relation to the work you refer to, it is recommended that you consult with your own legal counsel. 
 
 
 
Q: Can I use this equipment in my practice?
 
A: If the intent of the treatment being used falls within the definition and scope of practice of massage, the equipment being used can be obtained by the general population or does not have restrictions on who may purchase the equipment and the equipment being used does not require a prescription, then it would be acceptable for a LMT to use the device or equipment. 
 
The Board would also expect that any LMT using any such devices would receive appropriate training on the use and operation of the equipment. 
 
 
Q: Do I have to have a business license?
 
A: This is not an issue of the OBMT.  You will want to contact the city that you are working in to determine the business licensing requirements. 
 
 
Q: What rules do I have to follow to have a massage business out of my home?
 
A: Division 20 of the Oregon Administrative Rules details the specific requirements for facilities and sanitation.  You will also want to contact the city that you work in to determine if there are any business licensing requirements. 
 
 
Q: Do I need a license to practice animal massage in the State of Oregon?
 
A: As this board only has jurisdiction over those individuals practicing massage on the human body, it is not an issue that the OBMT would have.
 
To our knowledge, animal massage does not require any type of licensure.  However, we have been informed that the Veterinary Board does have some requirements for an individual to practice animal massage, including a referral from a licensed veterinarian.  
 
You may want to contact the Veterinary Board to find out if this is something that they intend to regulate anytime in the future, or what the requirements are for individuals to practice animal massage. 
 
You can visit their web site at http://www.oregon.gov/OVMEB/, e-mail them at ovmeb.info@state.or.us or call 971-673-0224.
 
 
Q: How do I get a NPI number?
 
A: You can obtain a NPI number from https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/Welcome.do. Their phone number, if you have questions, is 1-800-465-3203.