Education FAQs

Continuing Education Frequently Asked Questions

How many Continuing Education (CE) hours are required yearly for AMTA renewal?
The AMTA CE requirement is not annual, but rather every four years. A Professional member must complete 48 hours of continuing education in that period.

How many CE hours are required for Illinois license renewal?
Massage therapists must take 24 hours of CE in every two year renewal period. Illinois licenses go into renewal at the end of every even numbered year.

Is an ethics course required every renewal period?
Yes, two hours out of the 24 hours required for Illinois license renewal must be in Ethics.

Do I have to take all my courses from NCBMTB-approved providers?
The State of Illinois has adopted a rule that says they will accept for license renewal CE hours obtained from NCBTMB-approved providers, providers approved by the state of Illinois, or from approved massage schools or programs in Illinois. AMTA does not recognize or qualify providers of CE courses. It makes no specific requirement that the courses be taken from a NCBTMB-approved provider.

When do I submit my continuing education hours to the AMTA?
Submit the hours when you renew your membership, or better yet when you take a course. You do not need to wait until the end of the four-year period. Just go to the AMTA’s login area to provide the program(s) that you have completed.

Where do I find continuing education programs?
You can find programs on the AMTA national web site in the continuing education and Learn and Earn Calendar sections. There are courses on-line in AMTA’s distance learning program. You can find National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCMTMB) recognized providers in your area at You also can contact your local chapter or a massage school in your area.