Missouri Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements
If you've graduated from a massage school in Missouri 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 Missouri to verify what the requirements are. A current license is required to provide massage therapy or operate a massage therapy business in Missouri.
Missouri Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements
Successful applicants for a new Massage Therapy License in Missouri will complete the Application for Permanent License (link available in the additional resources area below).
An applicant for licensure must submit the application fee along with the following documentation with their completed application:
- Verification of completing a massage therapy program with an official transcript sent to the board by the massage therapy school, program, or board approved mentor, or an official transcript placed in an enveloped that is sealed by the massage therapy school, program, or board approved mentor, which must be stamped or sealed officially on the backside of the envelope over the sealed flap. If a transcript is not available, the school, program, or
board approved mentor must complete Section V of the application. (NOTE: If provisionally licensed by Missouri, this verification is not required.)
- Verification of passing an examination. Missouri accepts the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETBM) as administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or its successor organization; National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) as administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or its successor organization; Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Examination as administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); The American Medical Massage Association National Board Certification Examination(AMMA NBCE) administered as of 2006; and Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) as administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or its successor organization.
You will need to log into the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) at www.machs.mo.gov. to make an appointment to be fingerprinted. The automated registration system walks an applicant through the steps to make an appointment. If an applicant does not have internet access, s/he can call 877/862-2425 and a representative will make the online appointment. At the fingerprinting appointment, applicants will be fingerprinted and have their photos taken. A receipt containing the TCN is provided after printing is completed. A copy of this receipt is to be sent to the board to verify the background check is in process. The results of the fingerprinting will be sent directly to the agency office.
If you wish to renew your license, a reinstatement form can be sent to you as they no longer offer online renewal. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 573/751-0735, or contact the board office at 573/522-6277 to request the appropriate form.
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