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PMA LICENSING FAQs

The following is a brief overview of the most commonly asked questions about PMA ecclesiastical license. A license representative will be happy to answer any additional questions. Click here to contact us.

We invite you to also read About Ecclesiastical Practice

OVERVIEW OF THE PMA

What is the PMA’s mission and purpose?

Simply stated, the most fundamental purpose and inherent part of our mission is to (a) restore and promote spiritual wellness and wellbeing, (b) assure that spiritual based services are offered professionally and ethically for protection and benefit of clients, (c) protect and advance the rights of spiritual providers who wish to offer these services, and (d) assure access to such services for all those seeking them.  Click here to see the PMA Constitution

When was the PMA established?
The PMA was founded in early 2000's and members later adopted the PMA Constitution. God has blessed our ministry and PMA has experienced unprecedented growth, with licensees spread throughout all U.S. states, Canada and many other countries, serving hundreds of thousands of individuals and families worldwide. We believe that today, PMA is the largest ecclesiastical wellness association of its type in the world.
 
Does the PMA provide clinical training?
The PMA qualifies and credentials members that come to us with existing education in physical, mental or spiritual wellness. PMA does not offer direct training but is always in search of resources that meet PMA's mission. 

ABOUT PMA LICENSEES

Who are PMA licensed providers?
PMA licensed member providers come from all fields of alternative and conventional health care, counseling and ministry. They all have one thing in common.  They are spiritually oriented, and believe that ecclesiastical wellness concepts should be restored, protected and made available to all that seek a natural means of restoring and improving physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
 
Is PMA license right for you?
Does PMA licensees include both state licensed practitioners, ministers and natural healthcare professionals?
Yes. PMA membership is made-up of a very wide range of professionals that seek to offer spritually based wellness services.

ABOUT PMA LICENSE

Why have a PMA License?

There are essentially three ways to offer health and counseling related services. Those are with a state license that provides a legal basis for practice; under very vague health freedom provisions that offer very little if any legal basis for practice; and, under exempt status that offers a legal basis for practice that is constitutionally protected and state approved. 

PMA license sets practitioners apart from non-regulated health freedom based practitioners such as health coaches and similiar, by providing membership in a professional association, promotion of licensees, credibility, and, a constitutionally protected and state approved path to offer ecclesiastical based physical, mental and spiritual wellness services.

PMA has been licensing pastoral providers for almost two decades and is the world leader in pastoral based health and wellness ministry.

Is PMA license right for you?
What are PMA’s licensing requirements?

Applicants must pass a comprehensive background review; have no felony convictions or charges involving moral turptitude; must be over 21 years of age; must meet specific educational requirements; must have a defined spiritual orientation which includes an established doctrinal code of conduct; and, must be approved as a suitable candidate for ecclesiastical license. 

PMA reserves the right to deny license to any applicant.

Is PMA license right for you?
What is the cost of PMA licensing?

View an overview of the cost of PMA license here.

How do I apply for a PMA license?

Start by completing this short form. We will direct you from there.

 

SCOPE OF PMA’s LICENSE

What is the scope of practice under PMA license?
Licensee have a broad opportunity to guide others to improve physical, mental and spiritual wellness
 
Licensees utilize a doctrinal guide of their faith which provides; a defendable path for services; a guide for services provided; and, a code of conduct for licensees. The PMA also has specific license rules that regulate services and the delivery of services by licensees.
 
In general, if a service is doctrinally valid, focuses on wellness of one or more of the physical, mental or spiritual aspects of wellness, is morally acceptable and does not endanger the client, another or the public, then it is likely to meet all required rules for practice.
If I am state licensed to provide other healthcare-related services, will PMA license allow me to offer services that may be outside the scope of my state license?

PMA license permits the licensee to offer ecclesiastical wellness services intead of, or in addition to state licensed services, but does not extend any state licensed scope of practice.

State licensed services have a specific scope of practice and are "secular" based services that limit or prohibit ecclesiastical belief or services to be included.

PMA licensed services are ecclesiastical based services that are based on a licensees doctrinal guide and that meet specific rules of PMA license.

These are two separate services and every individual has a constitutional right to offer either or both. Neither a state or eccesiastical entity can interfere with an individuals right to work, or to choose an occupation or several, or a religious belief. 

Does PMA license allow the use of any specific equipment, product, protocol or substance?

PMA licensees are provided with unlimited support and a step by step guide to assist them in properly establishing their practice; choose the right services, products and equipment; meet compliance standards and more. This is a broad subject that requires understanding of ecclesiastical services and more.

Do hands-on 'touch' therapies fall within the PMA license Scope of Practice?
PMA licensees are required to follow a doctrinal guide and meet other specific rules of practice. If touch therapies are an approved doctrinal activity and meet other license rules, then yes, touch therapies would be acceptable. 
 
PMA license does not allow licensees to practice activities that are regulated by government entities.
Are hypnosis, counseling, and energy based modalities such as the Emotion Code within the PMA's defined Scope of Practice?
If an activity is doctrinally valid and meets other license rules, then yes, it would be acceptable under PMA license.

VALIDITY OF PMA’s LICENSE

Is PMA’s license 'recognized' in all jurisdictions?

Ecclesiastical rights are the same in all U.S territories. The states set forth criteria by which they will recognize a practitioner as ecclesiastical, and this criteria varies from state to state.

More insight on this topic is available to applicants as they proceed through the PMA license process, and by viewing "Ecclesiastical Practice ". 

Has PMA license been 'challenged' in the United States or other countries?

No. Neither the PMA or PMA license has ever been challenged anywhere in the world. Practitioners licensed by the PMA have been challenged when they fail to follow the rules of license and encroach on state regulated activities. This is no different than state licensed providers treading on each others scope of practice, it is a common occurence that is certainly not isolated to PMA licensees.

Importantly, no PMA licensee operating within the confines of PMA license regulations, has ever lost the right to offer services under PMA license in the U.S. or anywhere in the world!

Have some state boards questioned the validity of the PMA license?
Every encounter a PMA licensee has had with any regulatory board, and all bad press the PMA has ever received, has resulted from practitioners that got themselves into trouble by straying beyond PMA license rules and treading on state regulated activities.
 
This treading onto another regulatory agencies activites is not uncommon and not isolated to PMA licensees. Review of state board websites reveal 100's of cases monthly against state licensed practitioners that are charged with offering services outside of the required scope of practice.
 

Validity of PMA license has never been a question.

OTHER LEGAL ISSUES & PROTECTIONS

Do PMA licensee's Have Access to Legal Assistance?

In any health or counseling related practice, it is always a good idea to have legal counsel to oversee the setup and operation of practice, and to be ready to defend any challenge to the practice.

PMA's national counsel is the National Center for Life & Liberty (NCLL), and in addition to protecting the rights of the PMA and it's license, the NCLL attorney network stands ready to assist PMA licensees.

Since PMA’s license is ecclesiastical (ministerial), are licensees eligible for tax exemptions?
No. PMA Administrative Rules prohibit licensees from using their PMA license to seek any tax benefit.  The PMA was formed for the lofty purpose stated in our Constitution and NOT for any tax benefit. No activity is permitted that may potentially discredit that mission.
 
If I am state licensed as a MD, DC, etc., can or will my state board prevent me from having a PMA license or offering pastoral services?
According to the U.S. Constitution and overwhelming U.S. Supreme Court precedence, individuals have certain guaranteed rights, and among those are (a) the right to work (and have as many occupations as they desire) and (b) to the right to hold and pursue the religious beliefs of their choice. These rights may only be impinged in specific circumstances, and offering ecclesiastical wellness services in accordance with a doctrinal guide that does not offend morality or endanger another, is not one of those.
 
When PMA license rules are followed, including separation of PMA services from any state licensed services; PMA license has no effect on any state license and state license has no effect on PMA license. 
If I am an unlicensed natural health practitioner in a state that does not require licensure and that has passed health freedom legislation, will the PMA license benefit me?
 
Is PMA license right for you?

Additional information is available from a PMA license representative. Please click here to complete the Contact form to speak with a representative.