Michigan Massage License Requirements

Licensing Board Contact InformationName:
Board of Massage Therapy

Licensing Division
PO Box 30018
Lansing, Michigan




License - Massage Therapist

Required Hours:
500 hours from approved school

Exam Required:
NCETMB or other national exam

12 hours annually

Michigan Massage License Requirements

Michigan Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements

If you've graduated from a massage school in Michigan 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 Michigan to verify what the requirements are.

Several cities/townships (county health department) also regulate this type of business. Contact the local city/township clerk's office for any ordinance or zoning laws that require a permit.

Michigan Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements

Successful applicants for a new Massage Therapy license in the state of Michigan, will:

Licensure based on completion of an approved educational program/supervised curriculum and passing one of the required examinations.

Complete the application and return it to the Michigan Board of Massage Therapy with the appropriate fee. A check or money order drawn on a U.S. financial institution and made payable to the STATE OF MICHIGAN must accompany the application. An application accompanied by the appropriate fee is valid for two years.

All applicants for a health profession license in Michigan are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. The Michigan Board is not able to accept a fingerprint report that has been obtained for any other purpose.

Arrange for a verification and/or certification to be sent directly to the Michigan Board from any state or province where you currently hold or have ever held a permanent license or registration. Contact the licensing agency in the state(s) where you have been licensed to request this information be sent to the Michigan Board as copies are not acceptable.

Arrange to have passing exam scores from the MBLEx, NCETM, or NCETMB examination sent directly to the Michigan Board from the testing organization.

All applicants for a Massage Therapist license by examination must have graduated from high school or earned a GED. Contact your high school to have a copy of your final high school transcripts sent directly to the Board office OR have the GED testing company provide verification of passing the GED examination sent directly to the Board office.

All applicants for a Massage Therapist license by examination must have completed a supervised curriculum in massage therapy that has been approved by the Michigan Board. A list of the approved massage therapy supervised curriculums is linked to below in additional resources.

In order to verify that you completed an approved supervised curriculum, you must send Certification of Completion of Massage Therapy Supervised Curriculum form (included in the application packet link below) to your massage therapy training program for completion of Section II. This form must be submitted to the Board office directly from the massage therapy training program. If your massage therapy program does not appear on the list of Michigan Board-approved curriculums, they will contact the program to provide them with the form they must submit for approval.

If you completed a massage therapy curriculum outside of the United States, you must have your education reviewed and certified for equivalency by a credentialing agency that is accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The list of accredited NACES credentialing agencies can be found on their website, www.naces.org, under 'Current Members'. The review must be a course-by-course evaluation that determines whether the massage therapy curriculum you completed was equivalent to an approved program in Michigan. A copy of the credentialing report must be sent directly to the Michigan Board from the agency that performs the review.

Begin Your Massage Therapy Career in Michigan!

Additional Michigan licensing resources
Michigan Massage Therapy Instructions & Application Packet
Michigan Board Of Massage Therapy Approved Education Programs