Massage Therapy License Requirements


If you are a United States resident and interested in becoming a Massage Therapist, you've come to the right place.

On our website, you will find accurate, helpful information about the requirements for the credentials you seek. Individual states (and sometimes even cities) will all have specific requirements in order for you to work as a "Certified Massage Therapist", "Massage Practitioner", or "Licensed Massage Therapist" legally. Official credentials obtained from the state or local municipality you reside in will allow you to practice as a fully licensed Massage Therapist and help others in the exciting and rewarding field of Massage Therapy.

The majority of the states in America have statewide Legislative and/or Practice Acts that created standards for Massage Licensure to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of it's citizens by requiring those who practice the profession of massage therapy within their states to have a level of education and proven knowledge to be qualified as Massage Therapists.

The individual State Boards interpret and uphold the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct for Massage Therapists. The State Massage Boards are authorized to issue certifications, designations and/or licenses to qualified candidates who have attained the required education and successfully completed mandatory examinations, which may be similar or vastly different from state to state. The Massage Boards are responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the state's individual Rules and Regulations and handles the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of violations.

Many of the states in America allow Massage therapists to be licensed by certification from the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) in combination with formal education (successful completion of a course of massage study, from anywhere between 500 to 1000 hours from an accredited massage school approved by the states. In the majority of states candidates must meet both education and examination requirements.

It is important to note that your national certification from NCBTMB is a voluntary certification, and not a license. Licenses are issued by government entities and provide licensed professionals with specific authority (e.g. use of a protected title and/or a specific scope of practice). In the majority of the United States of America, a state license is required to advertise or practice massage therapy and bodywork.

Click through to the state you're interested in to find helpful, state-specific information and direct links pertaining to massage therapist licensing requirements!