A bill requiring that massage therapists complete continuing education was signed into law by Governor David Paterson on August 30.

The law will go into effect in January 2012. It mandates 36 hours of continuing education be completed by the state’s massage therapists every registration period, or every three years.

The law also stipulates that massage therapists will pay a new $45 “continuing education fee” to the state.

“This legislation is supported by the American Massage Therapy Association, which states that continuing education classes can help LMTs advance their knowledge and professionalism, keep up with new massage therapy information and research, and make connections between experience and training,” the bill stated.