Frequently Asked Questions
Who can take part in CNW's Continuing Education classes?
Anyone with a New York State license to touch, can participate in our continuing education classes.
If you do not have a New York State license to touch you will not be able to participate in any class with a hands on component*;however, you will be allowed to participate in classes that are strictly didactic or lecture based.
*Please note that most of our continuing education classes do have a hands on component.
Are Continuing Education classes approved to meet NYS CE requirements?
In most cases YES!
The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy is approved as a sponsor of continuing education for Massage Therapists by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions.
Unless otherwise noted, all of our current Continuing Education classes satisfy CE Hours for New York State Licensed LMT’s.
Our school is also approved as a sponsor of continuing education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants by the New York State Education Department, Office of Professions.
Unless otherwise noted, all of our current Continuing Education classes satisfy CE Hours for PT’s.
In addition, CNW is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education approved provider.
Unless otherwise noted, all of our current Continuing Education classes satisfy CE Hours for LMT’s with National Licensure.
The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for BOC Certified Athletic Trainers.
Classes which are eligible for Category A Continuing Education for Athletic Trainers are noted in the course descriptions.
**UPDATE: Beginning in January 2016, CNW School of Massage will no longer be participating in the BOC Approved Provider program. However, Athletic Trainers may still receive CE hours for Category D programs and the Athletic Trainer is responsible for ensuring the program is eligible for Category D credit by contacting the Board of Certification.
What are New York State’s Continuing Education requirements?
New York State now requires all Licensed Massage Therapists to receive 36 hours of continuing education every three years.
Note that new graduates are not required to start taking classes until 3 years after they take the NYS Board Exam.
Please visit the NYS Office of Professions website for further information on these regulations: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/ or call 518-474-3817, ext. 150.
How do you register for a Continuing Education class?
All Registrations take place online, at a safe and secure website. When you register online you must pay by Credit Card. Class tuition must be paid in full during registration.
We do not accept deposits or partial payments. You will be able to create an account that will store your contact information, so when you come back to register in the future your information will be saved.
You also have the ability to log in to your account to view your registration history and make any necessary changes to your account.
Pre-registraion is required for all our Continuing Education classes. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate in class and will not receive a Certificate of Completion.
How can you get a record of all the Continuing Education Classes you've taken?
All Registrants are entitled to receive an Official Continuing Education Transcript.
Your transcript is an easy way for you to maintain your records and keep track of all the great classes you’ve taken.
Simply contact the Continuing Education Director at for your free copy.
How can you become an Instructor for your Continuing Education Programs?
We host a large variety of Continuing Education Courses at CNWSMT and we welcome diverse and interesting classes.
Please note, these are templates.
Please contact Rachel Savageau, Director of Continuing Education for workable copies:
What should you bring to class?
If you are attending a bodywork class you should bring a set of sheets, lubricant and loose comfortable clothing. Not sure if your class is a “bodywork class”, bring your supplies just in case.
Some Instructors have additional items they would like you to bring to class. These items are listed under the class descriptions.
We also suggest bringing a bag lunch with you. We do have refrigerators and microwaves that attendees may use.
What is CNW's cancellation policy?
Continuing Education Instructors have the right to cancel a class at their discretion. One reason for a class cancellation might be if there is a low number of registrants in the class at the time of the Registration Deadline. Another reason might be if the instructor is not feeling well or has a personal matter to tend to.
In any of these cases, the registered students will be notified with a phone call and email ASAP, and will receive a FULL REFUND (minus any late fees if applicable). This will also be posted immediately on the CNW website.
Should you need to cancel your registration and withdraw from a class, you must notify us prior to the Registration Deadline in order to receive a FULL REFUND minus a $20 processing fee.
If you notify us that you will not be attending a class after the Registration deadline and up to 72 hours before the class you will be refunded 50% minus any late fee registration if applicable.
If you give less than 72 hours notice or don’t show up to the class at all, you will receive NO REFUND.
Payments cannot be transferred to future classes.
Completion of the workshop in its entirety is required to receive Continuing Education credit. No partial credit given.
What is CNW's injury/illness policy?
We do not issue refunds for classes missed due to illness or injury. However, the instructor may be willing to allow you to participate on the next class date.
In order to be allowed entrance into the next class date you must submit a doctor’s note excusing you from the original class within 1 week of the missed date.
Re-admittance will only be allowed for the exact same class that was missed and is non transferable to a different class.
What is CNW's weather related cancellation policy?
If the weather looks bad the instructor will use their best judgment to determine if a class needs to be cancelled.
This decision will be based on how safe travel is in and around the capital district.
In some cases, cancelled classes can be rescheduled, otherwise registrants will be refunded for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.
Questions, comments, or suggestions about CNWSMT Continuing Education? Email Isabelle Carosi, Continuing Education Director at or call (518) 489-4026.