West Virginia Massage Licensing and Insurance Requirements
If you are planning on becoming a licensed massage therapist in West Virginia, you have to know the state requirements to practice. Although having a massage liability insurance policy is not one of the prerequisites, it is a still a good idea for you to look into buying a liability protection policy-once you do become licensed to practice in the state. Not only do you get (at a minimum) $1,000,000 in liability coverage with most top providers, you can also purchase other forms of coverage, so that you are not paying everything out of pocket.
When trying to become licensed, you have to complete 500+ hours of class at an accredited institution, in order to be eligible to attempt the written licensing exam, whether that is the NCETMB or the MBLEx. Additionally, you must keep your license up to date, and educate yourself of all current rules, laws, and practice regulations when renewing your license, which must be done biennially for a fee of $200. Furthermore, all licensed therapists must complete the 24 CEUs every 2 years, and 3 of them having to be in ethics.
When deciding on the coverage, insurer, and type of coverage to buy, it is in your best interest to call around or compare quotes online. By doing so, you will be able to find the best rates, that suit your specific needs. As a therapist, not only do you want to shield any professional liability, but also to cover your enter professional life, maintaining as much protection as you can/want. You are going to find that the monthly cost for your premium is far less than what you would pay in the event you were sued for malpractice or for other issues. This is just obvious reason as to why protection will positively save you if an unfortunate crisis does occur.
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Number of credentialed practitioners in this state: 1,147
Phone: (304) 558-1060
Web Site: http://www.wvmassage.org
Required Education: 500 hours
Written or Practical Exam: Written
Exam Administered: MBLEx
Renewal Fee: $200 every 2 years
CEUs Required: 24 every 2 years