Massachusetts Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements
If you've graduated from a massage school in Louisiana and are interested in practicing massage therapy as your career, it is important to stay up to date on the rules and regulations that apply to massage therapists in Massachusetts to verify what the requirements are.
Massachusetts Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements
The application asks you to list all professional licenses/certifications you have held in the United States, or any country or foreign jurisdiction, and the state/jurisdiction from which the license/certification was originally issued. You'll need to enclose a certificate of standing from each state or jurisdiction outside Massachusetts in which you have been licensed/certified, indicating the status of your license and any disciplinary actions. Certificates are required for all licensure status including lapsed, expired, etc. Contact that jurisdiction and have the document mailed to you for inclusion with your application. Maintain the official statement(s) in the unopened, jurisdiction-sealed envelope(s) to accompany your application. The documents may also be mailed directly to the Board.
On the application for a massage therapy license in Massachusettes, you must list all offenses including OUI, DUI, and Operating after/with suspended license or registration. Dispositions of 'continued without finding' ('CWOF') or 'admission to sufficiency of facts' must be reported. Do not include minor traffic offenses.
You must obtain an official transcript from your Massage Therapy training program and include the still-sealed envelope with your application. You must also include a completed Transcript Analysis form and supporting documents with your application.
Two signed letters of reference must accompany your application. One letter must be from an employer in the massage therapy or medical field, massage therapy educator, massage therapist, or health care provider with whom you have had a professional relationship and should address your competence and integrity. The other letter may be from any unrelated person who can comment favorably upon your professional integrity.
You must provide a copy of your liability insurance policy declarations page that indicates the amount and effective date of coverage. The policy must be in your own name and provide for a minimum of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and at least $1,000,000 aggregate. The Board cannot make recommendations about insurers; however, professional associations are usually a good source of information.
Include a check or money order for $225.00 in U.S. funds made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This initial nonrefundable fee includes both application processing and your first license.
Both the application and checklist pages of your application must be notarized. Allow 4-6 weeks for processing. You will be contacted via e-mail if further information is required. If you do not have an e-mail address, you will be contacted by postal mail; but this may take longer.
Mail the complete application package to: Board of Massage Therapy, 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710: Individual Licensure, Boston, MA, 02118-6100.
Note that in the state of Massachusetts, the address that you choose as your mailing address is public record and will be released to anyone upon request.