FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2020
Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order To Expand Licensing Opportunities
PHOENIX — Today, Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order helping licensed professionals in the state stay licensed and deferring certain requirements for six months.
Under the Executive Order, state agencies and boards will defer requirements to renew licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 by six months from the expiration date, unless those requirements can be completed online. Additionally, they will defer requirements to complete continuing education by six months, unless those requirements can be completed online.
“The last thing we need now is for recurring licensing requirements to keep someone from working,” said Governor Ducey. “Many professionals are working from home or their office while following all guidance from public health officials. We want to make sure they have the opportunity to continue doing so and contributing to our economy, and that’s what this commonsense order does.”
Under today’s Executive Order, state agencies and boards will suspend any rules that prevent or limit the amount of online or alternative learning hours permitted to issue or renew a license and will make every attempt to implement electronic or remote format examinations for licensure. Additionally, state agencies and boards will issue provisional licenses to applicants who have met all other requirements of Arizona statute and administrative code but cannot take the exam because it isn’t provided via electronic or remote format.
View the Executive Order Here.
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Temporary Waiver Source:
State of Arizona, Arizona State Massage Board, Administrative Rules: R4-15-102 Fees, R4-15-301 Required Continuing Education Hours;
Waiver authorized by Arizona Department of Health Services
Office of the Arizona Governor, State of Emergency, 3.11.2020
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ, M.D. M.S., following Governor Doug Ducey’s Declaration of State Emergency issued on March 11, 2020, has authorized health care-profession regulatory boards to modify licensing requirements to help address the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the national health crisis.
The Arizona Massage Board is temporarily suspending all fees for state license renewal and the statutory requirement for continuing education hours for re-licensure. This remains in effect until Governor Ducey terminates the State of Emergency rescinding the ADHS administrative order 2020-01.
Use renewal online form here RENEWAL APPLICATION
The April 2020 Massage Board meeting is canceled. Agenda items are postponed until a planned May 18, 2020 meeting, (which may be conducted electronically).
Massage industry license retention remains the State’s goal.
(Arizona Department of Health Services Administrative Order 2020-01)
RENEWAL PAYMENTS SUSPENDED BY THE BOARD, CE'S SUSPENDED BY THE BOARD - (Visa / Mastercard / Money Orders / Cashiers Checks are no longer accepted thru September 1, 2020)
•COVID-19 • People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing any symptoms. Source: World Health Organization.
•COVID-19 • ABMP Certificate Holders and Therapists We Strongly Encourage You To Suspend Your Practice
•COVID-19 • CAMTC Certificate Holders and Therapists Immediately Stop Providing Hands-On Services