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Massage Laws


Important Notice Re: Massage Laws: This listing contains a summarized version of existing state massage regulations links. We encourage you to view the state regulations in full for a more detailed understanding. Links to the state websites, when available, are posted with the regulatory bodies listed below.

*PDF Printable information updated 5/2013

Massage Boards Contact Information (PDF)

Massage State Requirements  (PDF)


Alabama Massage Therapy Board

610 South McDonough St.

Montgomery, AL 36104

Tel: (866) 873-4664

Web: www.almtbd.state.al.us

Alabama Requirements

Education: 650 hours from accredited massage therapy school

CEU: 16 hours biennially

Exam: NCETMB and State

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Alaska:  No regulation, local requirements apply

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Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy

1400 West Washington, Suite 230

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Tel: (602) 542-8604

Web: www.massageboard.az.gov

Arizona Requirements

Education: 700 hours from Board-recognized school

CEU: 25 hours biennially

Exam:  MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

 

 

Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy

PO Box 20739

Hot Springs, AR 71903

Tel: (501) 683-1448

Web: www.arkansasmassagetherapy.com

Arkansas Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 18 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx

 

 

 

California Massage Therapy Council

One Capitol Mall, Suite 320

Sacramento, CA   95814

Tel: (916) 669-5336

Web: www.camtc.org

 

California Requirements

Education: CMT: 500 hours/CMP: 250 hours

CEU:  n/a

Exam: NCBTMB Cert accepted as alternative to education

 

 

 

Colorado State Board of Massage Therapy

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350

Denver, CO   80202

Tel:  (303) 894-7800

Web:  www.colorado.gov

Colorado Requirements

Education: 500 hours from Board recognized school

CEU: 0 hours biennially

Exam:  MBLEx or NCETMB 

 

 

Connecticut Massage Therapy Licensure/Department of

  Public Health & Addiction Services

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

Hartford, CT 06134

Tel: (860) 509-7603

Web: www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3121&q=389350 

Connecticut Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU:  24 every four years

Exam: NCETMB

 

 

 

Delaware Board of Massage and Bodywork

Cannon Building

861 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite #203

Dover, DE 19904

Tel: (302) 744-4500

Web: www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/massagebodyworks/

 

Delaware Requirements

Education: 500 hours to be a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) & exam;

300 hours to be a (CMT) Certified Massage Technician

CEU: 24 hours bienially (LMT); 12 hours bienially (CMT)

Exam: NCETMB for LMT; Not required for CMT

 

 

 

District of Columbia Board of Massage Therapy

Department of Health

825 North Capitol St., NE, 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20002

Tel: (877) 672-2174

Web: http://doh.dc.gov                      

District of Columbia Requirements

Education: 500 hours from Board approved school

CEU: 12 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx/NCETMB

 

 

 

Florida Board of Massage Therapy

Florida Department of Health,

Medical Quality Assurance

4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin#C06

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Tel: (850) 245-4161

Web: www.doh.state.fl.us      

Florida Requirements

Education: 500 hours from Board approved school

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Georgia Board of Massage Therapy

237 Coliseum Drive

Macon, GA 31271-3858

 

Applications / Payments to

PO Box 13446

Macon, GA 31208

 

Tel: (478) 207-2440

Web: www.sos.ga.us

Georgia Requirements

Education: 500 hours from Board approved school

CEU: 24 biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCE

 

 

 

Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy

Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs

PO Box 3469

1010 Richards Street

Honolulu, HI 96801

Tel: (808) 587-3222

Web: www.hawaii.gov

Hawaii Requirements

Education: 570 hours and written state exam

CEU: n/a

Exam: State exam

 

Idaho Bureau of

  Occupational Licenses

PO Box 83720

Boise, ID   83720

Tel: (208) 334-3233

Web:  www. ibol.idaho.gov    

 

Idaho Requirements

Education: 500

CEU:  6 hours annually

Exam:  MBLEx or NCBTMB or NCETMB/local requirements

 

 

 

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

Massage Therapy Licensure

320 West Washington Str., 3rd Floor

Springfield, IL 62786

Tel: (217) 782-8556

Web: www.idfpr.com

Illinois Requirements

Education:  500 hours

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: NCETMB

 

 

Indiana State Board of

  Massage Therapy

402 West Washington St., Room W072

Indianapolis, IN   46204

Tel: (317) 234-2051

Web:  www.in.gov/pla/massage.htm

 

Indiana Requirements

Education:  500 hours

CEU: TBD

Exam:  MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

 

Iowa Board of Massage Therapy Examiners

Department of Public Health

Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor

321 E. 12th St.

Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Tel: (515) 281-6959

Web: www.idph.state.ia.us/licensure

Iowa Requirements

Education: 600 hours

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Kansas: No regulation, local requirements apply

 

 

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy

PO Box 1360

Frankfort, KY 40602

Tel: (502) 564-3296 ext. 240

Web: http://bmt.ky.gov/

 

Kentucky Requirements

Education: 600 hours

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB 

 

 

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy

12022 Plank Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70811

Tel: (225) 771-4090

Web: www.lsbmt.org

Louisiana Requirements

Education: 500 hours from accredited school

CEU: 12 hours annually

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Maine Massage Therapy

Department of Professional and Financial Regulation,

  Office of Licensing & Registration

35 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333

Tel: (207) 624-8613

Web: www.state.me.us

 

Maine Requirements

Education: 500 hours from a state approved school & CPR and First Aid

CEU: n/a

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Maryland Massage Therapy Advisory Committee

4201 Patterson Avenue, 5th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21215-2299

Tel: (410) 764-4738

Web: www.mdmassage.org

 

Maryland Requirements

Education: 500 hours (Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT);

500 hours (Registered Massage Practitioner (RMP)

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx, NCBTMB, or NCCAOM

 

 

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Massage Therapy

239 Causeway Street, Suite 500

Boston, MA 02114

Web: www.mass.gov

 (refer to this site for legislative updates)

 

Massachusetts Requirements

Education:  650 hours

CEU:  TBD/1

Exam:  Not Required

 

Michigan Board of Massage Therapy

 

Web:  http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-35299_63294_27529_53660---,00.html

 

 

Michigan Requirements

Education:  500 hours

CEU: TBD

Exam:  MBLEx, NCETMB, or NCETM

 

 

Minnesota: No regulation, local requirements apply

 

 

Mississippi Board of Massage Therapy

PO Box 12489

Jackson, MS 39326-2489

Tel: (601) 732-6038

Web: www.msbmt.state.ms.us

Mississippi Requirements

Education: 700 hours plus 100 hours supervised clinic 

CEU: 24 hours bienially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Missouri State Board of Therapeutic Massage

  Division of Professional Registration

3605 Missouri Blvd.

PO Box 1335

Jefferson City, MO 65102

Tel: (573) 522-6277

Web: http://pr.mo.gov/massage.asp

Missouri Requirements

Education: 500 hours from a Board approved school

CEU: 12 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

Montana Board of Massage Therapy

PO Box 200513, 301 South Park, 4th Floor

Helena, MT   59620

Tel: (406) 841-2331

Web:  http://bsd.dli.mt.gov   

Montana Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 24 bienially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

 

 

Nebraska Massage Therapy Board

 Health and Human Services Regulation & Licensing - Credentialing Division

PO Box 94986

Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Tel: (402) 471-2115

Web: www.dhhs.ne.gov         

Nebraska Requirements

Education: 1000 hours and practical exam

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Nevada Board of Massage Therapy

1755 E. Plumb Lane, Suite 252

Reno, NV 89502

Tel: (775) 688-1888

Web: http://nvmass.glsuite.us           

 

Nevada Requirements

Education: 500 hours 

CEU: 12 annually

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

New Hampshire Office of Program Support, Licensing & Regulative Services

 Board of Massage Therapy

129 Pleasant St.

Concord, NH 03301

Tel: (603) 271-5127

Web:  www.dhhs.nh.gov        

 

New Hampshire Requirements

Education: 750 hours 

CEU: 12 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

  

New Jersey Board of Nursing

 Massage, Bodywork & Somatic Therapy Examining Committee

PO Box 47032

Newark, NJ 07101

Tel: (973) 504-6520

Web: www.njconsumeraffairs.gov    

 

New Jersey Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 20 hours bienially

Exam: NCETMB 

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New Mexico Massage Therapy Board

Tony Anaya Building, 2nd Floor

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Tel: (505) 476-4870

Web: http://www.rld.state.nm.us/boards/Massage_Therapy.aspx  

New Mexico Requirements

Education: 650 hours 

CEU: 16 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB and State exam

 

New York State Board of Massage Therapy

Office of the Professions

Division of Professional Licensing Services

89 Washington Ave., 2nd Floor

Albany, NY 12234-1000

Tel: (518) 474-3817 ext. 150

Web: www.op.nysed.gov       

 

New York Requirements

Education: 1000 hours

CEU:  36 every three years

Exam: State exam

 

North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy

PO Box 2539

Raleigh, NC 27602

Tel: (919) 546-0050

Web: www.bmbt.org 

North Carolina Requirements

Education: 500 hours from a Board approved school & NCE

CEU: 25 hours biennially

Exam:  MBLEx

 

 

North Dakota State Board of Massage

PO Box 218

Beach, ND 58621

Tel: (701) 872-4895

Web: www.ndboardofmassage.com

North Dakota Requirements

Education: 750 hours & practical exam & NCE

CEU: 32 hours bienially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

 

Ohio State Medical Board

 Massage Licensing Division

30 East Broad St., 3rd Floor

Columbus, OH 43215

Tel: (614) 466-3934

Web: www.med.ohio.gov

Ohio Requirements

Education: 750 hours

CEU: n/a

Exam: MBLEx

 

 

Oklahoma: No regulation, local requirements apply

 

 

Oregon Board of Massage

748 Hawthorne Ave., NE

Salem, OR 97301

Tel: (503) 365-8657

Web: www.oregon.gov          

Oregon Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 25 hours biennially 

Exam:  MBLEx or NCETMB and practical exam

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Pennsylvania State Board of Massage

PO Box 2649

Harrisburg, PA 17105

Tel: (717) 783-7155

Web: www.portal.state.pa     

Pennsylvania Requirements

Education: 600 hours

CEU: 24 hours bienially

Exam: MBLEx or NCBTMB

 

 

Rhode Island Department of Health

  Division of Professional Regulation

3 Capitol Hill, Room 104

Providence, RI 02908-5097

Tel: (401) 222-2827

Web: www.health.ri.gov

Rhode Island Requirements

Education: 500 hours from a COMTA school

CEU: n/a

Exam: NCETMB

 

South Carolina Board of Massage / Bodywork Therapy

110 Center View

PO Box 11329

Columbia, SC 29211-1329

Tel: (803) 896-4490

Web: www.llr.state.sc.us

South Carolina Requirements

Education: 500 hours from an approved school

CEU: 12 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy

PO Box 1062

Sioux Falls, SD 57501

Tel: (605) 224-8803

Web: www.state.sd.us/doh/Massage/

South Dakota Requirements

Education: 500 hours and NCE

CEU: 8 hours biennially

 

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

 

Tennessee Massage Licensure Board

Cordell Hull Building, 1st Floor

227 French Landing, Suite 300

Heritage Place Metro Center

Nashville, TN 37243

Tel: (800) 778-4123

Web: http://health.state.tn.us/boards/massage/

Tennessee Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 25 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

Texas Department of State Health

 Massage Therapy Licensing Program

PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1982

Austin, TX 78714-3138

Tel: (512) 834-6616

Web: www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage

Texas Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 12 hours biennially

Exam:  MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Utah Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing

 Board of Massage Therapy

160 East 300 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84145

Tel: (801) 530-6628

Web: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/massage_therapy.html

Utah Requirements

Education: 600 hours from Board approved school & NCE

CEU: n/a

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

 

Vermont: No regulation, local requirements apply

 

 

Virginia Board of Nursing

 Department of Health Professions

6603 West Broad St., 5th floor

Richmond, VA 23230

Tel: (804) 367-4403

Web: www.dhp.virginia.gov

Virginia Requirements

Education: 500 hours from a Board approved school

CEU: 24 hours bienially

Exam: NCETMB, provisional certificate available

 

 

Washington State Department of Health

Massage Therapy Program

PO Box 47865

Olympia, WA 98504

Tel: (360) 236-4700

Web: www.doh.wa.gov/massage

Washington Requirements

Education: 500 hours

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx orNCETMB

 

 

West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board

179 Summers Street, Suite 711

Charleston, WV 25301

Tel: (800) 871-7265

Web: www.wvmassage.org

West Virginia Requirements

Education: 500 hours or NCBTMB certification

CEU: 24 hours biennially

Exam: MBLEx or NCETMB

 

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing

Massage Therapy Board

1400 E. Washington Ave., P.O. Box 8935

Madison, WI 53708

Tel: (608) 261-2390

Web: www.dsps.wi.gov          

Wisconsin Requirements

Education: 600 hours & exam

CEU:  TBD/2

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Wyoming:  No regulation, local requirements apply

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