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May 17, 2010

Wisconsin Law Creates Credentialing Board, Mandates Licensure

Wisconsin Governor James Doyle signed Assembly Bill 588 (known as the "2009 Wisconsin Act 355") into law May 13, 2010.

The law creates a seven-member Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board and requires those who practice massage to obtain a license by the end of the year.

Under current law, a person may be certified as a massage therapist or bodyworker by the Department of Regulation and Licensing. Effective December 2010, the new law will transfer rule-making powers from the Department of Regulation and Licensing to the new Credentialing Board.

From the bill's analysis: "The bill directs the board to license, not certify, persons who fulfill the requirements for licensure as massage therapists or bodyworker therapists."

For Wisconsin therapists who already have a state certificate, you may renew for a license on Feb. 28, 2011. No additional procedures are required to obtain a license.

To read the full text of the bill, including grandfathering procedures and specific requirements go to: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/acts/09Act355.pdf.

 

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