How to Become a Massage Therapist in Indiana - IN

All uncertified massage therapists seeking certification in the state of Indiana after July 1, 2009 must comply with the guidelines outlined below.   Prior to this date, uncertified massage therapists who had practiced massage therapy professionally for at least two years were eligible for massage therapy certification in Indiana, under the Grandfathering provision, without meeting educational requirements. 

Candidates wishing to become Licensed Massage Therapists in the state of Indiana must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have successfully completed an accredited massage therapy school or program and at least 500 hours of supervised classroom and hands-on instruction in massage therapy.  Program study areas typically include massage therapy theory and practice, and anatomy and physiology, among other electives.  There are more than twenty accredited schools in the state of Indiana that offer a diploma or certificate in Massage Therapy.
  • Take and pass a board-approved certification examination.

The State of Indiana will issue Massage Therapy licenses to individuals who have met the above requirements AND who have received Massage Therapy certification from either the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FTMTB).

Once you have passed your exam for massage therapy certification in Indiana, submit your notarized proof of completion and passage of one of these examinations, along with a non-refundable $100 application fee and a notarized proof of professional liability insurance to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA).  For more information contact IPLA at http://www.in.gov/pla/massage.htm.

Steps to Taking the National Certification Exam for Massage Therapists

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is the independent organization that sets national standards and credentialing in the field of Massage Therapy, and provides certification and resources for tens of thousands of massage therapy professionals and students across the nation. 

To become nationally certified, candidates must first take and pass a standardized NCBTMB exam.  The timeframe for taking the exam and having it processed can range from one to two months, and requires a $225 registration fee.  A candidate handbook detailing the subject areas and content of the examination can be downloaded from the website at http://www.ncbtmb.org. 

Educational and Practical Requirements: candidates must have graduated and completed 500 hours of instruction from an NCBTMB Assigned School.  This includes in-class and hands-on instruction.  NCBTMB Assigned schools may be found at http://www.ncbtmb.org/cgi-bin/schoolsearch.cgi.

There are other options for candidates who received their education and training outside of the United States, and for those who have not yet completed their educational requirements.  See http://www.ncbtmb.org/pdf/CandidateHandbook.pdf for full information.

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