New Jersey Massage License Requirements

Licensing Board Contact InformationName:
New Jersey Board of Nursing
Massage, Bodywork & Somatic Therapy Examining Committee

124 Halsey Street
Newark, New Jersey




Certification - Certified Massage Therapist

Required Hours:
500 hours

Exam Required:
NCETMB or diploma from state approved school


New Jersey Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements

If you've graduated from a massage school in New Jersey 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 New Jersey to verify what the requirements are. In order to practice massage therapy in New Jersey, you must first obtain a New Jersey Massage & Bodywork Therapist license.

New Jersey Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements There are four ways for an individual to obtain a Massage and Bodywork Therapist license in the state of new Jersey- examination, education current practitioner or endorsement (see additional resource links below for more information on each).

Successful Massage and Bodywork Therapist licensee applicants for the education pathway is for individuals who completed a course of study in massage and bodywork therapy that was at least 500 hours. The 500 hours of education must have included:
  • 90 hours of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology
  • ethics and law;
  • theory and practice;
  • electives related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy;
  • at least 100 hours of clinical practice.
The course of study must be taken in a school accredited or approved by:
  • the New Jersey Department of Education;
  • the New Jersey Department Labor and Workforce Development;
  • the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education;
  • or an agency of another state which substantially meets the requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education,
  • the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • or the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.
Successful Massage and Bodywork Therapist licensee applicants for the examination option is for individuals who have passed either: an examination offered by National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB); the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Asian Bodywork Therapy examination; or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).

All Massage and Bodywork therapy licenses expire every two years on November 30th of any even-numbered year, regardless of the date of licensure. A licensee who completes more than the required 20 hours of continuing education credits in any biennial period may carry no more than 18 of the additional credit hours into a succeeding biennial period. A licensee who carries over credits into a biennial period must complete, during that biennial period, at least two hours in the subject of ethics. Two hours of ethics education must be completed for every biennial renewal period. The massage and bodywork license renewal fee is $120.00.

Begin Your Massage Therapy Career in New Jersey!

Additional New Jersey licensing resources
New Jersey Board of Massage Therapy Laws & Regulations
New Jersey Board of Massage Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
New Jersey Board of Massage Therapy Massage & Bodywork Therapist Application
New Jersey Board of Massage Therapy Current List of Approved Schools