ORS 687.051¹
Qualifications of applicants
  • continuing education
  • license renewal
  • inactive status
  • rules

(1) To be eligible for issuance of an initial license in this state as a massage therapist after January 1, 1999, the applicant shall:

(a) Furnish the State Board of Massage Therapists with any personal references required by rule of the board.

(b) Have attained the age of 18 years.

(c) Furnish the board with educational certificates or transcripts required by law or rule of the board including but not limited to proof of certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the subjects listed in paragraph (d) of this subsection.

(d) Have completed a minimum of 500 contact hours of certified classes in the following subjects: Anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, hydrotherapy, theory and hands-on practice of massage and bodywork techniques and professional practices, including client communication and boundaries, professional and business ethics and sanitation. The board by rule may set the minimum number of required hours for each subject.

(e) Pass an examination prepared and conducted by the board or its authorized representative establishing competency and ability to engage in the practice of massage. The examination shall be administered in the English language and may be in written, oral or practical form and may test the applicant for the required level of knowledge and skill in any subject related to massage and bodywork. The board may accept passage of a board-approved national standardized examination as meeting the written examination requirement contained in this paragraph.

(f) Submit the application with payment for licensing within one year after notification of having passed the qualifying examination.

(2) An applicant must be a person of good moral character. For purposes of this section, the lack of good moral character may be established by reference to acts or conduct reflecting moral turpitude or to acts or conduct that would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubts about the applicant’s ability to practice massage in accordance with ORS 687.011 (Definitions) to 687.250 (Enforcement), 687.895 (Procedure for civil penalties) and 687.991 (Criminal penalties) and rules of the board.

(3) The board may require that an applicant furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant can safely and competently practice the profession of massage. The board may consider evidence including, but not limited to, indications of impairment by alcohol or controlled substances or behavior, practices or conduct that would be considered unprofessional or dishonorable conduct if engaged in by a person licensed under ORS 687.011 (Definitions) to 687.250 (Enforcement), 687.895 (Procedure for civil penalties) and 687.991 (Criminal penalties).

(4) To be eligible for biennial renewal, a renewal applicant shall submit evidence to the board, as determined by the board by rule, that the applicant has completed a minimum of 12 hours of board-approved continuing education.

(5) To be eligible for inactive status, a licensed massage therapist must not be practicing massage in this state. [1955 c.492 §4; 1957 c.166 §2; 1977 c.507 §7; 1979 c.89 §4; 1985 c.82 §4; 1989 c.841 §4; 1995 c.23 §1; 1997 c.32 §1; 1997 c.176 §1; 1997 c.626 §§6,6a; 1999 c.537 §9]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 687—Massage Therapists; Direct Entry Midwives, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors687.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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