Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements
The state of Hawaii has required statewide licensing since 1947. The Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy is responsible for overseeing the licenses for massage therapists, massage establishments, and massage apprentices.
Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements
Hawaii's requirements are unique in comparison to other states.
Hawaii bestows the designation of "Massage Apprentice" as a permit to practice massage therapy and gain practice hours to fulfill your licensing requirements. This is not a license to perform massage for compensation. In order to get a massage permit in Hawaii, you will need a minimum 150 hours of massage training in very specific areas related to massage by an approved educational institution. The school must provide transcripts with hours of education completed, rather than credits, in order for you to properly meet the requirements.
Here is the direct link to the State Massage Therapy Application with instructions included
There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 payable to Commerce & Consumer Affairs. You will also need to send a photocopy of both sides of your current infant and adult CPR card.
The state of Hawaii has its own exam that you must take after you have completed and submitted your license application. In Hawaii the National Massage Certification Exams (NCETM/TMB or MBLEx) are not required, nor are they reciprocated if you are trying to get your Hawaii Massage Therapy License.
Dates for the Hawaii massage exam are regularly administered on each of the islands throughout the year.
Hawaii requires license renewals to take place every 2 years on June 30th. If timely renewal is not made, then a 'forfeiture of the license' occurs. No continued education hours are required. The renewal fee is $25.