Learn Massage Therapy in South Dakota - SD
Each year, the American Massage Therapy Association’s South Dakota Chapter (SDAMTA) sponsors member conferences, typically around April and September. In addition, the association publishes its own newsletter covering the latest local news on educational workshops, state and national conference enrollment information, massage and bodywork techniques, professional awards and other relevant topics. You can find the SDAMTA on the web at www.orgsites.com/sd/amta.
The Chambers of Commerce in South Dakota’s principal cities offer excellent sources of information for Massage Therapists looking to set up a private practice. If you choose to live and work in the state’s largest city, Sioux Falls, a visit to their Chamber of Commerce website at www.siouxfallschamber.com is worth time spent. A list of all of South Dakota’s Chambers of Commerce can be found at www.uschamber.com/chambers/directory/default.htm?st=sd.
South Dakota’s Board of Massage Therapy publishes periodic “Information and Updates” newsletters that can be downloaded from their website. These contain useful information regarding current or pending state laws that affect South Dakota’s Massage Therapists.
Massage Therapist Continuing Education in South DakotaTo renew your license, the state of South Dakota requires that Massage Therapists complete at least eight hours of Board-approved continuing education (CE) every two years through institutions offering massage therapy training in South Dakota. Acceptable CE must comply with the following requirements:
1. It must be approved by the NCBTMB and the American Medical Massage Association
2. The CE satisfies the definition of massage therapy per South Dakota codified law SDCL 36-35-1(2)
Also, you’ll need to make sure that you continue to fulfill certain additional CE requirements if you wish to maintain your National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB) credential. Currently, each four-year recertification cycle requires the completion of 48 hours of continuing education plus 200 hours of documented massage therapy work experience.