Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Colorado Issues "Emergency Rule" for Massage Therapist Registration

Elise says, "don't wait, don't be late, get registered NOW!"
--alright, I made that up, but at least she looks enthused about SOMETHING!

I almost thought it was a joke when I first saw it because "Emergency Rule 10" seemed like something akin to "Love Potion #9." But no, it's real! Here's the information straight from the horse's (Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies') mouth.

The upshot...If you haven't applied for registration as a Colorado Massage Therapist and intend to practice after 4/1, APPLY NOW!

If you want the details about registration in general, check out my post "Colorado Massage Therapist Registration


Emergency Rule 10 provides that all individuals who submit their application, fee, and fingerprint card prior to April 1, 2009 will be eligible to receive a “Provisional Massage Therapist Registration.”

What is a provisional registration?
The provisional registration will allow individuals to practice massage therapy or represent themselves as being able to practice massage therapy in this state through June 30, 2009. Provisionally registered massage therapists are subject to all provisions of C.R.S. 12-35.5-101 (“the Act”).

Who is eligible?
All individuals who have submitted their application and fee to the Division of Registrations, have met the educational or training standards established in statute, and have submitted a fingerprint card to CBI – all prior to April 1, 2009, and who have not yet been issued a massage therapist registration. The Division must have received the application and fee no later than March 31, 2009.

Provisional registrations will be effective April 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009. After June 30, 2009, individuals with a provisional registration must be registered as a massage therapist pursuant to the Act to continue practicing massage therapy.

Who is not eligible?
Individuals who apply for a massage therapist registration on or after April 1, 2009 are not eligible to receive a provisional registration and will not be permitted to practice massage therapy in this state until they receive their registration pursuant to the Act.
Individuals who are already registered by April 1, 2009, as a massage therapist with the State of Colorado are not affected by Emergency Rule 10 and will not be assigned a provisional registration.

How can registration status be verified?
Use DORA’s “Automated Licensure Information System Online” (ALISON). You can verify any individual’s registration status using this system.
Provisional registration status will be assigned to all qualified individuals on March 31, 2009 and these registrations will not be mailed.
Check ALISON to verify provisional registration on or after April 1st. Please do not call DORA to verify registration status.
Visit our website for other information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Colorado Dept. of Regulatory AgenciesDivision of Registrations
Health Services Section
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202

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