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How to Become a Massage Therapist in Michigan - MI

Early in 2009, the rules and regulations regarding the licensing and registration of massage therapists in Michigan have changed.  The Michigan Department of Community Health is currently in the process of appointing a state Board of Massage Therapy that would be responsible for massage therapy certification in Michigan.  The board will develop the rules, regulations and standards that will be required for all massage therapists in Michigan to become licensed.  This process can take 12-18 months.  Applications and licensure of massage therapists is expected to begin no earlier than January 2011.  For the most recent updates, visit the massage therapy page on the Michigan Department of Community Health website: http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/.

Basic guidelines to follow if you are interested in massage therapy certification in Michigan include:

  1. Have a high school diploma or equivalent. 
  2. Be of good moral character. 
  3. Be 18 years of age. 
  4. Research the jurisdictions for massage therapists in your area.  These can vary by state, city and even county. 
  5. Find, apply, and enroll in a massage therapy training program. 
  6. Become certified in CPR. 
  7. Complete your training program, which you include a curriculum of no less than 500 hours.  . 
  8. Consider getting certified.  Although not currently required in Michigan, it will serve as beneficial when searching for a job.  Certification is available through the National Board of Massage Therapy.  Five hundred hours of massage therapy training are required for licensure. 
  9. Submit your name to the Michigan Department of Community Health for an application for licensure.  This will be mailed to you when it becomes available.
  10. Search for a job as a massage therapist or consider going into business yourself. 
  11. Check in frequently with the Michigan Department of Community Health to be sure you are meeting all requirements as they become available.

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