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How to Become a Massage Therapist in Alaska - AK
By an allied health world contributing writer
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Currently the State of Alaska does not require massage therapists to obtain a license in order to practice massage therapy nor are there state requirements and regulations for massage therapy certification in Alaska. But this does not mean there are no laws in effect. There may be local health departments that do require licensure. Before you start a massage practice in Alaska be sure to check with your city and county authorities as to what regulations and laws might apply to your massage therapy practice.
For example, in Anchorage, if you want to set up your massage therapy business, you’d need to have an Anchorage Business license. To do this you should contact the city of Anchorage at: www.cityapplications.com/business-licenses/AK-Alaska/biz-Anchorage and fill out an application.
Even if you don’t need a formal license, it’s better to hold certification and have extensive training in bodywork and holistic healing. As such, you should receive formal training from an accredited body before you can begin practicing. If you live in a major Alaskan city such as Anchorage, there are numerous massage therapy schools where you can enroll. In Anchorage there are a number of schools offering massage therapy education. Each is qualified to provide the curriculum and training to people interested in becoming a professional massage therapist.
No matter which way you go, make sure that you choose a school that has been accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). The NCBTMB is a nationally recognized credentialing body formed to set the standards for those who practice therapeutic massage and bodywork.
2007 National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
1901 S. Meyers Rd., Ste. 240, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181-5243
(800) 296-0664 or 630-627-8000
After you have completed your training in to earn your massage therapy certification in Alaska, you’ll need to be able to pass the test that consists of a written exam and a practical exam.
Passing the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is the important step in beginning a massage therapy career. By taking and passing the exam, you can demonstrate to future clients that you have achieved a certain level of competency in massage and bodywork.
The national accreditation board administers the bodywork exam for all aspiring massage therapists. In order to take this exam, you must first demonstrate that you have met the eligibility requirements to sit for the National Certification Examination.
For example, it’s suggested that you’ve taken the following in your studies:
- Physiology and anatomy
- Massage theory and application
- Business and ethics
- As well as additional hours of related coursework
Once determined eligible to sit for the NCE, you'll receive a letter giving you a toll-free number in and information on how to contact NCBTMB's testing center. Exams are generally given five or six days a week depending on the testing center.