Are there any massage therapist on island who know the requirements for working on St. Thomas in a resort or Spa.
there's a thread on here from a few years ago (2009) regarding the requirements
I'm a cosmetologist who will be relocating to the VI this fall and have contacted DLCA a few times with questions about obtaining my license. Best advice I can give you if you decide to call them to ask questions, is call in the morning. That's usually when I've been able to get in touch with someone right away. I haven't had much luck with getting a phone call back if I have left a message.
Don't assume they will ever return a call.
Last time I renewed my license, it took months to actually have it in hand.
This was 6 months after I had handed in my tax letter and paid in full for the license renewal in March.
I finally received my business license towards the end of Aug. which was not even printed until Aug. 16 as dated on the license, numerous calls later and going down there only to find the person I had to see was unavailable. Heck of a way to run a Dept.
My wife is a massage therapist trained and certified in California. She was trained at Esilon in Big Sur and is a La Stone stone massage certified therapist.with over 500 hours of classroom education She had a job at major resort on St. Croix and was well like by her employer and clients. When the government took over control of the resort she lost her job.She needed to be VI certified to work.So she started to work in the system. She went to get her health certificate, brought her "sample" and when she told the health dept. what she needed it for she was told she was not doing the process proper and was not given the results (put was charged for the test) She was then told she needed 1,000 hours of training to meet the VI education requirements. The nearest training is stateside not available in the VI.
To make a long story short you can do jobs with kids,elders.food and booze with almost no training, but don't try to do massage in the VI without a $45,000 + education to do a $10.00 per hour job
All the massage therapists I know on St John make many times more than $10 an hour. Like 8 times more on average, and much more than that in high season. I know tourism is much less prominent on STX than on STJ, but the aforementioned sounds like a seriously bad work situation.
But yes, as a massage therapist, you have to follow the proper licensing requirements here just as you would in any other state, whether you work for a resort or independently. If you're licensed in California, you can't legally practice in any other state unless their standards are equal to or lower than California's requirements. Unfortunately, the rules are different everywhere.
I would definitely get the latest word from DLCA, even if you do connect with a licensed massage therapist here -- requirements can change, and what was true a year ago might not be the same today. If you can get something in writing, even better. If you speak with someone by phone, make sure you get the person's name so you can thank them properly (and so you can mention their name if someone else later tells you that your information is inaccurate).
I am currently a licensed massage therapist in the VI (St. Thomas) and have been since 2007. They do change requirements frequently (and unfortunately without much communication to all entities involved in the licensing process!). There are people who can help expedite all of it and feel free to PM me to get a name and number. I, personally, wouldn't do it any other way!
hi I’m looking to relocate can you help me with the requirements for massage therapist
Thanks in advance
A new massage school has just opened up on St. Croix. I'm sure they'll know all about the requirements.
Give the owner, Vickie, a call at 340-626-3400 or www.massageacademyvi.com
She's a very nice person.