Pennsylvania Massage License Requirements

Licensing Board Contact InformationName:
Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy

PO Box 2649
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania




Licensed Massage Therapist

Required Hours:
600 hours

Exam Required:


Pennsylvania Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements

If you've graduated from a massage school in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania to verify what the requirements are. All massage therapists in the State of Pennsylvania are required to obtain and maintain a state license.

Pennsylvania Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements

In order to obtain a license to practice massage in the State of Pennsylvania you must:
  • Possesses good moral character
  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Completed massage program of at least 600 hours of in-class, postsecondary education instruction approved by the board at a regionally accredited college or university, Pennsylvania private licensed school or its equivalent
  • Passed the licensure examination
  • Paid the application fee established by the Board,
  • Not been convicted of a felony under The Controlled Substances, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 223, No. 64), or convicted of an offense in another jurisdiction which, if committed in this Commonwealth, would be a felony under The Controlled Substances, Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act, unless a least ten years have elapsed since the date of conviction or you demonstrate significant progress in personal rehabilitation and demonstrate that licensure would not create substantial risk of harm to the public.
Pennsylvania also offers a temporary practice permit, which may only be issued within 6 months of completion of an approved massage therapy educational program. A temporary practice permit will allow the permit holder to practice massage therapy for a maximum period of six months from the date the permit is issued. You may not practice massage therapy unless you hold a temporary practice permit or current license.

The permit may not be renewed or extended. The temporary practice permit shall be promptly returned by the applicant to the Board when the applicant receives a license to practice massage therapy or when the permit expires.

Once you pass the examination, you must reapply using the examination application to apply for the permanent license. The temporary practice permit does not automatically become a permanent license. The educational documents will be the only item that will not need to be resubmitted when you apply for the permanent license.

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Additional Pennsylvania licensing resources
Pennsylvania Massage Therapy Law Enactment
Pennsylvania Massage Therapist Frequently Asked Questions
Pennsylvania Massage Therapist 'Special Notice' Applications for Licensure Provisions
Pennsylvania Board of Massage Therapy Acceptable CPR for Massage Therapy Licensing
Pennsylvania Board of Massage Therapy List of Continuing Education Programs