Texas Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements
If you've graduated from a massage school in Texas 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 Texas to verify what the requirements are. In Texas, a current state license from the Department of Health Services: Massage Therapy Licensing Program is required to advertise or practice massage therapy.
Texas Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements
Successful applicants for a new massage therapy license in the state of Texas must have satisfactorily completed massage therapy studies in an accepted course of at least 500 hours of massage instruction. All 500 hours must be submitted on a transcript, either from a massage school, a university or college, or another appropriately accredited training program (no online courses are allowed).
You must also pass an examination administered by either the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. In addition, applicants must take the state jurisprudence exam.
To apply for a massage therapy license in Texas, obtain a copy of the application and fill it out completely (see additional resources links below). The Department is required to run criminal history checks through the Department of Public Safety on all new applicants. Failure to fully and truthfully disclose criminal history information could lead to disciplinary action up to and including revocation or denial of licensure.
The license renewal period occurs every 2 years and license holders must complete 12 hours of CE.