Steps To Becoming A Registered Massage Therapist

If you want to become a registered massage therapist, you need to know what steps you have to take. There are a number of steps to take to be a legal massage therapist.

Complete A Certificate Or Diploma


The first step to being a registered massage therapist is to complete a certificate or diploma in massage therapy. When you choose the program that you want to complete, you need to ensure that it is recognized by your state licensing board. These programs will generally require you to complete around 500 hours of both clinic and academic work.

The coursework in the program will cover everything from anatomy to professional ethics. If you plan to be self-employed, you should look at a program which includes courses in business finances, management, and marketing. Classroom learning should be combined with hands-on training in clinical labs.

Take The Approved National Examination

Once you have completed the certificate or diploma program, you will need to take a national examination in massage therapy. There are certain exams which are commonly accepted for state licensure that you need to look at such as the MBLEx or the BCETMB. It is important to note that you will not be able to apply for these examinations until you have completed your certificate or diploma program.

Apply For State Licensure

Once you have passed the national examination, you will have to apply for a state license. It is important to note that each state will have different requirements for their licenses. There are many states that require a specific amount of liability insurance before you are able to get your state license.

It is recommended that you check what the requirements are before you apply for the license. You should also consider which state you are going to work in and ensure that you meet all of the requirements.

Continue Meeting The Education Requirements

Once you have your state license, you will need to continue meeting the education requirements. These requirements will ensure that you keep your license and your certification. The educational requirements will vary depending on the state, but it will generally be 100 hours of work experience and 24 continuing education credits.

You will generally have to provide evidence of the completing of this education to retain your license. You may also have to complete the necessary education at an accredited institution which is recognized by the state license board.