Florida Senate - 2011 CS for SB 584 By the Committee on Health Regulation; and Senator Flores 588-02271-11 2011584c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to massage therapy; amending s. 3 480.041, F.S.; requiring applicants to apply for a 4 temporary permit upon forms prepared and furnished by 5 the Department of Health in accordance with the Board 6 of Massage Therapy’s rules; authorizing the Board of 7 Massage Therapy to issue temporary permits to 8 applicants who meet certain qualifications to practice 9 massage therapy; providing for the expiration of 10 temporary permits; providing limitations; amending s. 11 480.044, F.S.; providing for a temporary permit fee; 12 providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Section 480.041, Florida Statutes, is amended to 17 read: 18 480.041 Massage therapists; qualifications; temporary 19 permits; licensure; endorsement.— 20 (1) Any person is qualified for licensure as a massage 21 therapist under this act who: 22 (a) Is at least 18 years of age or has received a high 23 school diploma or graduate equivalency diploma; 24 (b) Has completed a course of study at a board-approved 25 massage school or has completed an apprenticeship program that 26 meets standards adopted by the board; and 27 (c) Has received a passing grade on an examination 28 administered by the department. 29 (2) Every person desiring to be examined for licensure as a 30 massage therapist shall apply to the department in writing upon 31 forms prepared and furnished by the department. Such applicants 32 shall be subject to the provisions of s. 480.046(1). Applicants 33 may take an examination administered by the department only upon 34 meeting the requirements of this section as determined by the 35 board. 36 (3) Upon an applicant’s passing the examination and paying 37 the initial licensure fee, the department shall issue to the 38 applicant a license, valid until the next scheduled renewal 39 date, to practice massage. 40 (4) The board shall adopt rules: 41 (a) Establishing a minimum training program for 42 apprentices. 43 (b) Providing for educational standards, examination, and 44 certification for the practice of colonic irrigation, as defined 45 in s. 480.033(6), by massage therapists. 46 (c) Specifying licensing procedures for practitioners 47 desiring to be licensed in this state who hold an active license 48 and have practiced in any other state, territory, or 49 jurisdiction of the United States or any foreign national 50 jurisdiction which has licensing standards substantially similar 51 to, equivalent to, or more stringent than the standards of this 52 state. 53 (5) An applicant for a temporary permit shall apply to the 54 department in writing upon forms prepared and furnished by the 55 department in accordance with the board’s rules. 56 (a) The board may issue a temporary permit to practice 57 massage therapy to an applicant who: 58 1. Graduates from a massage therapy school that is 59 accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United 60 States Department of Education. 61 2. Meets all of the qualifications for licensure under this 62 section, except for the provision of paragraph (1)(b) which 63 pertains to the completion of an apprenticeship program and 64 paragraphs (1)(c), (4)(b), and (4)(c). 65 (b) If an applicant desires to practice massage therapy 66 before becoming licensed by examination and completes a course 67 of study at a massage school that has been approved by the board 68 and accredited under subparagraph (a)1., the applicant may apply 69 for a temporary permit in accordance with rules adopted under 70 this chapter. 71 (c) A temporary permit is valid for 6 months after issuance 72 by the board or until the applicant fails the massage licensure 73 examination or receives a massage therapist license, whichever 74 occurs first. 75 (d) An applicant for licensure by examination who practices 76 under a temporary permit may practice massage therapy only under 77 the supervision of a licensed massage therapist who has a full, 78 active, and unencumbered license. 79 Section 2. Paragraph (m) is added to subsection (1) of 80 section 480.044, Florida Statutes, to read: 81 480.044 Fees; disposition.— 82 (1) The board shall set fees according to the following 83 schedule: 84 (m) Temporary permit fee: $50. 85 Section 3. This act shall take effect January 3, 2012.