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How to Become a Massage Therapist in Vermont

Since being explored and claimed by the French in 1609, the state of Vermont has gone through many hands and through many changes. Today, one of the main attractions of the state is quality skiing. Stowe is one of the most well-known ski spots in New England and maybe in the United States. Other ski areas in the state include Killington, Mt. Snow, Okema, Jay Peak and Sugarbush. While hunters and fishermen are also draw to the state, it is skiing that continues to be most readily associated with the area.

For students in Vermont seeking to begin a course of study that will allow them to practice massage therapy as a career there is a drawback. You might think that no standard state guidelines would be a great thing for people trying to make a career of massage therapy in Vermont. Indeed, maybe there are some positive aspects to not having to answer to a state licensing board. You don't have to concern yourself with earning the 500 or 800 hours of course work required by many states. There are no state examinations, which if they did exist might be difficult and definitely would be expensive. Also, you don't have to be concerned with that long paper trail associated with gaining licensure through state boards governing massage therapy certification.

Okay, this no-state-regulation is beginning to sound like a good thing. Well, hold on just a moment. If you take a look at rules governing massage therapy throughout the country and you take a look at the recent changes in laws and the passing of new laws in states, you realize that more than likely (and not too far in the future) all states will have set guidelines and regulations for attaining licensure and practicing massage therapy within their boarders. Also, without a unifying state law to regulate massage therapy, the many towns and communities throughout the state of Vermont are able to and in are often obliged to impose there own rules regarding certification, licensing and practice. This makes it difficult for a therapist who practices throughout the state when he has to adhere to different guidelines depending on which community he is working in on any given day.

Also once Vermont does adopt statewide standards for massage therapists, practicing therapists could be required to meet those new qualifications in order to continue practicing. Currently, some towns and cities in the state require 500 hours of education and training and others may require only that a therapist have passed a massage therapy exam. Eventually, both of these requirements will probably be adopted for state certification. At least such combinations are currently the norm around the country.

A good idea for students who want to study massage therapy and pursue a long term career in the profession is to call local areas and ask about their requirements. This measure will give them an idea of what to expect. Also, students beginning a course of study should at least meet the national requirements for licensure. This will give them a good foundation regardless of what eventually happens with the state rules of certification in Vermont.