How to Become a Massage Therapist?

Currently, there are 37 states and the District of Columbia that regulate practicing massage therapy. Alabama Massage Therapy Board requires 650 hours from accredited massage therapy school, 16 hours biennially for CEU, and the NCETMB exam, Arizona requires 500 hours from a Board recognized school, 25 hours biennially for CEU, and the NCETMB exam, Arkansas requires 500 hours, 3 hours annually CEU, and the State exam (written and practical), in lieu of NCETMB, Colorado Massage Network has requirements on a city by city basis. Connecticut requires 500 hours and the NCETMB exam, Delaware requires 500 hours to be a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and exam 300 hours to be a Certified Massage Tech, 24 hours annually CEU, and NCETMB exam for LMT, District of Columbia requires 500 hours from a Board approved school, 12 hours biennially CEU, and the NCETMB exam, Florida requires 500 hours from a Board approved school, 25 hours biennially CEU and NCETMB, Georgia requires 500 hours from a Board approved school, 24 continuing education hours and 12 hours must be hands-on supervised, the MBlex, NCETMB, and NCETM exams, Hawaii requires 570 hours and written state exam, Illinois requires minimum 500 clock hours of supervised classroom and supervised hands-on instruction (which include the states required subject matter and activities). Each student must maintain a minimum grade of 70%, 24 hrs biennially, and NCETMB or other approved certifying exam, Iowa requires 500 hours, 24 hours biennially, NCETMB, Kentucky requires 600 hours, 24 hours biennially, NCETMB or NCCA approved certifying exam, Louisiana requires 500 hours from accredited school, 12 hours annually, NCETMB, or written and oral exam, Main requires 500 hours from a state approved school and CPR and First Aid, NCETMB, Maryland requires 500 hours and 60 college credits and NCE-Certified Massage Therapist 500 hours and NCE-Registered Massage Practitioner, 24 hours biennially, NCETMB or NCCAOM and state exam, Massachusetts legislation has been enacted to require state licensure of massage therapists, massage therapy schools and massage therapy businesses. Massage therapists should apply for and renew licenses in there local community, Mississippi requires 700 hours from an accredited school in state and CPR, First Aid, 12 hours from CEU Board approved program and CPR annually, NCETMB, Missouri requires 500 hours from a Board approved school, 12 hours biennially, NCETMB, Nebraska – 1000 hours and practical exam, 24 hours biennially, NCETMB, Nevada – 500 hours of schooling, CEU TBD, NCETMB or NCCA, New Hampshire – 750 hours and CPR, 12 hours biennially, NCETMB, New Jersey – 500 hours, NCETMB or diploma from state approved school, New Mexico – 650 hours and state exam and NCE, 16 hours biennially, NCETMB and State Exam, New York – 1000 hours and state exam, North Carolina – 500 hours from a Board approved school and NCE, 25 hours biennially, NCETMB, North Dakota – 750 hours and practical exam and NCE, 18 hours annually, State exam, NCETMB, Ohio – 600 hours and state exam, Oregon – 500 hours, 25 hours biennially and current CPR, NCETMB and practical exam, Rhode Island – 500 hours from a COMTA school, NCETMB, South Carolina – 500 hours from an approved school, 12 hours biennially, NCETMB, South Dakota – 500 hours and NCE, 16 hours biennially, NCETMB, Tennessee – 500 hours and NCE, 25 hours biennially, NCETMB, Texas -300 hours, 12 hours biennially, state exam (written and practical), Utah – 600 hours from Board approved school and NCE, NCETMB and Utah Massage Law and Rule Exam, Virginia – 500 hours from a Board approved school, NCETMB, Washington State – 500 hours, 16 hours biennially, NCETMB, West Virginia – 500 hours or NCBTMB certification, 25 hours biennially, NCETMB, Wisconsin – 600 hours and exam, State exam and NCETMB.