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Chapter 345-3 APPLICATIONS

Rule 345-3-.01 Provisional Permits

(1) The applicant for issuance of a provisional permit as a massage therapist to practice in Georgia under direct supervision shall submit an application on a form approved by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy (hereinafter, the "Board"), the required fee, and evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:
(a) holds a current active, unencumbered license to practice as a massage therapist in another state:
1. applicants for a provisional permit must request their licensing state provide directly to the Georgia Board a verification of licensure. If applicant holds, or has ever held, licenses in more than one state, each state of licensure must also provide verification of licensure, current or not, directly to the Board.
2. the verification of current licensure in another state must include the expiration date of the license and if there are currently, or have ever been, any public disciplinary actions taken against the license and/or licensee. This requirement applies to all license verifications submitted (see number 1 above);
3. applicants for a provisional permit in Georgia shall not have ever had a license or permit to practice as a massage therapist voided, revoked, suspended, or annulled by another state;
4. applicants for a provisional permit in Georgia shall not ever have been convicted of a felony in the courts of the licensing state, any other state, territory, or country, or in the courts of the United States, including, but not limited to, a plea of nolo contendere entered to such charge or the affording of first offender treatment to any such charge.
(b) the applicant has satisfactory results from a fingerprint record check report conducted by the Georgia Crime Information Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as determined by the board. The applicant shall be responsible for all fees associated with the performance of such background check;
(c) is NOT a resident of the state of Georgia as confirmed in a secure and verifiable document, as defined in Code Section 50-36-2.
(2) All provisional permit holders shall work under the direct supervision of a licensed Georgia Massage Therapist. The proposed supervisor must hold a current, unencumbered license to practice in the state of Georgia issued by the Board, with no disciplinary actions having ever been taken by the Board against the proposed supervising licensee; In addition,
(a) the supervising Georgia licensee shall report within ten (10) days to the Board any disciplinary action(s) taken in any other state against a GA provisional permit holder occurring during supervision period(s), or, against the supervisor themselves should any other state license held by the supervisor be sanctioned or disciplined.
(3) A Provisional Permit will expire six months from issuance date, or, when/if the provisional permit holder receives a Georgia Massage Therapy license, upon meeting the qualifications of O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-8. If a provisional permit holder applies for and is issued a Georgia Massage Therapy license before the six (6) month expiration date of the provisional permit, the provisional permit shall expire on the date of issuance of the Georgia Massage Therapy license.
(4) Provisional Permits are non-renewable. Individuals may apply for a new provisional permit to be issued by following the above stated guidelines.
(5) A provisional permit may be voided if the Board determines that the person holding such permit no longer meets one or more of the criteria set forth in subsection (a) of § O.C.G.A. 43-24A-9 Provisional Permits or is found to have violated any of the Board's laws or rules.
(6) A provisional permit issued pursuant to subsection (a) of § O.C.G.A. 43-24A-9 Provisional Permits shall expire on the same date as a license issued under this chapter to a holder of a provisional permit who has passed the examination pursuant to Code Section 43-24A-8.

Rule 345-3-.02 Application for Licensure

(1) The applicant for licensure as a massage therapist shall submit an application and the required non-refundable fee on a form approved by the Board, and evidence satisfactory to the Board that the applicant:
(a) is at least 18 years of age; and
(b) has a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent; and
(c) is a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States.
(2) In addition to the information called for on the form, the applicant must also provide or complete the following:
(a) satisfactory results from a fingerprint record check report conducted by the Georgia Crime Information Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as determined by the Board. The applicant shall be responsible for all fees associated with the performance of such background check (see instructions on how to register and complete the fingerprint check posted @ www.sos.ga.gov/plb/massage, Application Downloads link); and
(b) official verification from NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) or FSMTB (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards) showing applicant has passed the NCBTMB National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) or National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB), or the FSMTB Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx), or an exam deemed equivalent or equal to the NCE or FSMTB exam by the Board; and,
(c) applicants educated within the United States: submit an official, certified school transcript in an original sealed envelope, by the applicant's school or program, of successful completion (graduation) of a board-recognized massage therapy education program consisting of a minimum of five-hundred (500) hours of course and clinical work in accordance with Board rule 345-8; or,
(d) applicants educated outside the United States:
1. provide a credential evaluation report, in English, completed by a verifiable credential evaluation entity subject to the Board's approval to include a certified copy of the school transcript translated into English that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
i. all documentation must be certified translations including the name and contact number of the person completing and approving the credential evaluation report; and,
ii. the credential evaluation report shall include verification that the massage therapy educational entity providing the transcript to the applicant of the education was licensed, recognized or approved by a government, country, province or territory's educational commission, regulatory body or other verifiable official.
2. official verification of passage of one of the following national exams: MBLEx, NCBTMB, or NCBTM.
3. the Board reserves the right to recognize and consider mitigating circumstances with regard to the provision of educational information within compliance with this rule.