460.01(7) (7)“Sexual intercourse" has the meaning given in s. 948.01 (7) (a).
460.01 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2009 a. 12, 355; 2017 a. 364.
460.02 460.02 License required. Except as provided in s. 460.03, no person may provide massage therapy or bodywork therapy, designate himself or herself as a massage therapist or bodywork therapist or masseur or masseuse, or use or assume the title “massage therapist and bodywork therapist" or “massage therapist" or “bodywork therapist" or “masseur" or “masseuse" or any title that includes “massage therapist," “bodywork therapist," or “bodyworker," or append to the person's name the letters “M.T.," “R.M.T.," “L.M.T.," “C.M.T.," “B.T.," “B.W.," “ L.B.W.," “R.B.W.," or “C.B.W.," or use any other title or designation that represents or may tend to represent that he or she is licensed under this chapter, unless the person is licensed under this chapter.
460.02 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2009 a. 355.
460.03 460.03 Applicability. A license under this chapter is not required for any of the following:
460.03(1) (1)A person holding a license, permit, registration, or certification granted by this state or the federal government who engages in a practice of massage therapy or bodywork therapy within the scope of his or her license, permit, registration, or certification and who does not imply that he or she is licensed under this chapter. A person who is exempt from licensure under this subsection may use the terms “bodywork," “bodyworker," and “bodywork therapy" to identify his or her practice.
460.03(2) (2)A person who is authorized to practice massage therapy or bodywork therapy in another state or country and is providing a consultation to or demonstration with a license holder. A person who is exempt from licensure under this subsection may use the terms “bodywork," “bodyworker," and “bodywork therapy" to identify his or her practice.
460.03(2m) (2m)
460.03(2m)(a)(a) A person who does any of the following and who satisfies the requirements of par. (b):
460.03(2m)(a)1. 1. Uses touch, words, and directed movement to deepen a client's awareness of his or her existing patterns of movement and to suggest to the client new patterns of movement.
460.03(2m)(a)2. 2. Uses touch to affect the energy systems of the human body.
460.03(2m)(a)3. 3. Uses touch and education to effect change in the structure of the body while engaged in the practice of structural integration.
460.03(2m)(b) (b) The person is recognized by or meets the established standards of either a professional organization or credentialing association that recognizes a person in a practice after that person demonstrates an adequate level of training and competency and adherence to ethical standards.
460.03(2m)(c) (c) A person who is exempt from licensure under this subsection may use the terms “bodywork," “bodyworker," and “bodywork therapy" to identify his or her practice.
460.03(3) (3)A person who manipulates only the soft tissues of the hands, feet, or ears of the human body, provided that the services are not represented or implied to be massage therapy or bodywork therapy.
460.03 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2009 a. 355; 2011 a. 260 s. 80.
460.03 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. MTBT 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Wis. adm. code.
460.04 460.04 Duties of affiliated credentialing board.
460.04(1m)(1m)The affiliated credentialing board shall prepare an examination on state laws and administrative rules governing massage therapy and bodywork therapy.
460.04(2) (2)The affiliated credentialing board shall promulgate rules that establish all of the following:
460.04(2)(a) (a) Standards that govern the professional conduct of license holders in practicing massage therapy or bodywork therapy. The standards shall prohibit a license holder from having sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a client.
460.04(2)(b) (b) Criteria for approving a training program for purposes of s. 460.05 (1) (e) 1. Rules promulgated under this paragraph shall require the training program to meet the requirements under s. 460.095 and to consist of at least 600 classroom hours.
460.04(2)(c) (c) Requirements and procedures for obtaining the informed consent of a client under s. 460.11 (1) and for making a report required under s. 460.12 (1).
460.04(2)(d) (d) A definition of “sexually oriented business" for purposes of s. 460.11 (3).
460.04(2)(e) (e) A requirement that an applicant for a license under this chapter submit evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that the applicant has current proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator achieved through instruction provided by an individual, organization, or institution of higher education approved under s. 46.03 (38) to provide such instruction.
460.04(2)(f) (f) Requirements to be satisfied by a person seeking a temporary license under s. 460.08. The rules promulgated under this subsection shall require the person to be a graduate of a massage therapy or bodywork therapy school or program and may require the holder of a temporary license to make disclosures to clients and to practice under the supervision of a massage therapist or bodywork therapist licensed under this chapter.
460.04(2)(g) (g) A requirement that an applicant for a license under this chapter pass an examination on state laws and administrative rules governing massage therapy and bodywork therapy.
460.04 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2007 a. 104; 2009 a. 355.
460.04 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. MTBT 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Wis. adm. code.
460.05 460.05 Licensure of massage therapists and bodywork therapists.
460.05(1)(1)The affiliated credentialing board shall grant a license as a massage therapist or bodywork therapist to a person who satisfies all of the following:
460.05(1)(a) (a) The person is 18 years of age or older.
460.05(1)(b) (b) The person has graduated from high school or attained high school graduation equivalency as determined by the department of public instruction under s. 115.29 (4).
460.05(1)(c) (c) The person submits an application for the license to the affiliated credentialing board on a form provided by the affiliated credentialing board.
460.05(1)(d) (d) The person pays the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1).
460.05(1)(e) (e) Except as provided in sub. (2), the person submits evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that he or she has done all of the following:
460.05(1)(e)1. 1. Graduated from a school of massage therapy or bodywork therapy approved by the department under s. 440.52 that meets the requirements under s. 460.095 or completed a training program approved by the affiliated credentialing board under the rules promulgated under s. 460.04 (2) (b).
460.05(1)(e)2. 2. Completed at least 6 classroom hours in the laws of this state and rules of the affiliated credentialing board relating to the practice of massage therapy or bodywork therapy in a course of instruction approved by the affiliated credentialing board.
460.05(1)(f) (f) The person passes the examinations under s. 460.06.
460.05(1)(g) (g) The person submits evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that he or she has in effect malpractice liability insurance coverage in an amount that is not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 for all occurrences in one year.
460.05(1)(h) (h) The person has not been convicted of any of the following:
460.05(1)(h)2. 2. An offense under federal law or a law of any other state that is comparable to an offense under subd. 1.
460.05(1)(i) (i) The person submits evidence satisfactory to the department that he or she has current proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator achieved through instruction provided by an individual, organization, or institution of higher education approved under s. 46.03 (38) to provide such instruction.
460.05(2) (2)The affiliated credentialing board may waive a requirement specified in sub. (1) (e) if a person establishes, to the satisfaction of the affiliated credentialing board, that he or she has education, training, or other experience that is substantially equivalent to the requirement.
460.05(4) (4)The affiliated credentialing board may assign a unique license number to each person licensed under this chapter.
460.05 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2005 a. 22, 25, 254, 277; 2007 a. 104; 2009 a. 355 ss. 21, 28 to 34; 2013 a. 362; 2017 a. 59, 128.
460.06 460.06 Examinations. The affiliated credentialing board may not grant a license under this chapter unless the applicant achieves a passing grade on the following examinations:
460.06(1) (1)A nationally administered, entry-level competency examination for therapeutic massage and bodywork therapy that meets generally accepted psychometric principles and standards or a substantially equivalent examination approved by the affiliated credentialing board.
460.06(2) (2)The examination on state laws and administrative rules governing massage therapy and bodywork therapy required under s. 460.04 (2) (g).
460.06 History History: 2001 a. 74 s. 16; 2009 a. 355; 2013 a. 168 s. 21.
460.07 460.07 Display of certificate; expiration and renewal.
460.07(1)(1)Each person who is licensed under this chapter shall conspicuously display the license in the place of business where he or she practices massage therapy or bodywork therapy so that the license can easily be seen and read.
460.07(2) (2)Renewal applications shall be submitted to the department on a form provided by the department on or before the applicable renewal date specified under s. 440.08 (2) (a) and shall include all of the following:
460.07(2)(a) (a) The renewal fee determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a).
460.07(2)(b) (b) If applicable, proof of completion of continuing education under s. 460.10.
460.07(2)(c) (c) Evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that the applicant has in effect malpractice liability insurance coverage in an amount that is not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $1,000,000 for all occurrences in one year.
460.07(2)(d) (d) Evidence satisfactory to the affiliated credentialing board that the applicant has current proficiency in the use of an automated external defibrillator achieved through instruction provided by an individual, organization, or institution of higher education approved under s. 46.03 (38) to provide such instruction.
460.07 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2007 a. 20, 104; 2009 a. 355.
460.08 460.08 Temporary license. The affiliated credentialing board may grant a temporary license for a period not to exceed 6 months to an applicant who satisfies the requirements established in the rules under s. 460.04 (2) (f). A temporary license may not be renewed.
460.08 History History: 2009 a. 355.
460.09 460.09 Reciprocal license. Upon application and payment of the fee specified in s. 440.05 (2), the affiliated credentialing board shall grant a massage therapist or bodywork therapist license to a person who holds a similar license in another state or territory of the United States or another country if the affiliated credentialing board determines that the requirements for receiving the license in the other state, territory, or country are substantially equivalent to the requirements under s. 460.05.
460.09 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2009 a. 355.
460.095 460.095 Massage therapy and bodywork therapy school, training program, and instructor requirements. Each massage therapy or bodywork therapy school located in this state and each massage therapy or bodywork therapy training program offered in this state shall do all of the following:
460.095(1) (1)Provide and require as a prerequisite to graduation completion of a course of instruction on state laws and regulations applicable to massage therapy and bodywork therapy.
460.095(2) (2)Administer, score, and require as a prerequisite to graduation, the examination required under s. 460.06 (2).
460.095(3) (3)Ensure that each instructor hired by the school or training program on or after December 1, 2010, to teach courses in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology has at least one of the following:
460.095(3)(a) (a) Professional training and 2 years of experience in a health-related field.
460.095(3)(b) (b) Two years of post-secondary education and training.
460.095(4) (4)Ensure that each instructor hired by the school or training program on or after December 1, 2010, to teach courses in theory and the practice of massage therapy or bodywork therapy is licensed under this chapter and has at least one of the following:
460.095(4)(a) (a) Two years experience as a practicing professional.
460.095(4)(b) (b) Formal education and training as a massage therapy or bodywork therapy instructor.
460.095 History History: 2009 a. 355.
460.10 460.10 Continuing education.
460.10(1)(1)The affiliated credentialing board may promulgate rules establishing all of the following:
460.10(1)(a) (a) Requirements and procedures for a license holder to complete continuing education programs or courses of study to qualify for renewal of his or her license. The rules promulgated under this paragraph may not require a license holder to complete more than 24 hours of continuing education programs or courses of study in order to qualify for renewal of his or her license.
460.10(1)(b) (b) Qualifications applicable to providers of continuing education programs and courses required under par. (a).
460.10(2) (2)The affiliated credentialing board may waive all or part of any requirement established in rules promulgated under sub. (1) (a) if it determines that prolonged illness, disability, or other exceptional circumstances have prevented a license holder from completing the requirement.
460.10 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2009 a. 355; 2011 a. 260.
460.11 460.11 Practice requirements.
460.11(1)(1)A license holder may not practice massage therapy or bodywork therapy on a client unless the license holder first obtains the informed consent of the client and has informed the client that he or she may withdraw the consent at any time.
460.11(2) (2)A license holder shall keep confidential any information that a client in confidence gives to the license holder and any other information that the license holder obtains about a client in the course of practicing massage therapy or bodywork therapy that a reasonable person in the client's position would want kept confidential, unless the information is otherwise required by law to be disclosed or the client specifically authorizes the disclosure of the information.
460.11(3) (3)A license holder may not, whether for compensation or not, practice massage therapy or bodywork therapy for a sexually oriented business, as defined by the affiliated credentialing board by rule.
460.11 History History: 2001 a. 74; 2009 a. 355.
460.12 460.12 Duty to make reports.
460.12(1)(1)A license holder shall submit a report to the affiliated credentialing board if he or she has reasonable cause to believe that another license holder has committed a crime relating to prostitution under ss. 944.30 to 944.34 or has had sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a client. If the report relates to sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a client, the report may not identify the client unless the client has provided written consent for disclosure of this information.
460.12(2) (2)The affiliated credentialing board may use a report made under sub. (1) as the basis for an investigation under s. 460.14 (1). If, after an investigation, the affiliated credentialing board has reasonable cause to believe that a license holder has committed a crime, the affiliated credentialing board shall report the belief to the district attorney for the county in which the crime, in the opinion of the affiliated credentialing board, occurred.
460.12(3) (3)If, after an investigation, the affiliated credentialing board determines that a report submitted under sub. (1) is without merit, the affiliated credentialing board shall remove the report from the record of the license holder who is the subject of the report.
460.12(4) (4)All reports and records made from reports under sub. (1) and maintained by the affiliated credentialing board, the department, district attorneys, and other persons, officials, and institutions shall be confidential and are exempt from disclosure under s. 19.35 (1). Information regarding the identity of a client with whom a license holder is suspected of having sexual contact or sexual intercourse shall not be disclosed by persons who have received or have access to a report or record unless disclosure is consented to in writing by the client. The report of information under sub. (1) and the disclosure of a report or record under this subsection does not violate any person's responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of patient health care records, as defined in s. 146.81 (4) and as required under s. 146.82. Reports and records may be disclosed only to the affiliated credentialing board, the department, and the appropriate staff of a district attorney or a law enforcement agency within this state for purposes of investigation or prosecution.
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2015-16 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2017 Wis. Act 367 and all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders effective on or before August 13, 2018. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 13, 2018 are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-13-18)