South Dakota Massage License Requirements

Licensing Board Contact InformationName:
South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy

P.O. Box 1062
Sioux Falls, South Dakota




License - Massage Therapist

Required Hours:
500 hours & NCE

Exam Required:

8 hours biennially

South Dakota Massage Therapist Licensing and Certification Requirements

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

South Dakota Massage Therapy Board - New License Requirements

The South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy oversees the issuance of the massage therapy licenses and this is where you will send your completed application along with a copy of your Birth Certificate or driver's license, and a copy of high school diploma or equivalent.

To be licensed as a massage therapist by the South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy, an applicant must submit a completed Verification of Education Form proving at least 500 hours of specific education and training from a board recognized facility or instructor. The 500 hours of education and training must include:
  • One hundred twenty-five hours of training in the body's system and anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology;
  • Two hundred hours of training in massage and bodywork assessment, theory, and application;
  • Forty hours of training in pathology;
  • Ten hours of training in business and ethics, with a minimum of six hours in ethics; and
  • One hundred twenty-five hours of additional training in an area or related field that theoretically completes a massage program of study.
Proof of a passing score on a national exam is also required for licensing. The board approved national examinations for purposes of licensure are:
  • NCETM (National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage $225)
  • NCETMB (National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork $225)
  • NBCA Massage Therapy Certification Exam (AMMA $275)
  • MBLEx (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards $195)
Applicants must also have a certification in adult CPR, and submit Proof of Professional Liability Insurance of at least $250,000.

A non-refundable fee of $75 is required to be submitted with your application. Any application pending for 12 months or more will be returned to the applicant minus the non-refundable $75 application fee. Also, a licensing fee of $45 is required to be submitted with your application. If your application is denied, the fee will be refunded.

The license renewal period occurs every year and 8 hours of CE have to be completed.

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Additional South Dakota licensing resources
South Dakota Massage Therapist Education Information
South Dakota Massage Therapist Application for Licensure
South Dakota Massage Therapist Frequently Asked Questions
South Dakota Massage Therapist Continuing Education Information