The Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy is seeking applicants to serve on the board. There are currently three vacancies for licensed massage therapists (LMTs), one of which may be a school owner.
The board consists of seven members—five must be LMTs (at least one but no more than two of those can also be owners or directors of a board-approved school). Candidates must be residents of Kentucky for at least one year and have been practicing massage therapy for at least five of the last seven years. Each board term is three years in length.
The purpose of the Kentucky Board of Massage Therapy is to administer and enforce the statutory authority to address public safety and the massage therapy community. The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession by overseeing licensure applications and renewals. It recommends appropriate changes in the law by adopting rules and regulations and conducts formal hearings when necessary in response to disciplinary issues.
Interested applicants need to complete the online Boards and Commissions Application (https://boardregister.ky.gov/BnC/Account/Login.aspx) through Governor Beshear’s website as soon as possible.
In addition, the Kentucky legislature will begin to consider House Bill 346 (link to bill) in the next few weeks. The bill creates a level of licensure for animal massage therapists. It also modifies some of the practice act with minor tweaks. HB 346 identifies massage establishments but doesn’t create massage establishment licensure. HB 346 provides for fines for allowing unlicensed individuals to work in a massage establishment, requires owners to follow the practice act and regulations and to report infractions.