How to Become a Massage Therapist in Oklahoma - OK
How to Become a Massage Therapist in Oklahoma
There are currently no state level requirement for Oklahoma massage therapy certification and licensure, but that may change in the near future because state legislation has been introduced to require state licensing of individuals, schools and instructors. The Oklahoma chapter of the AMTA is also very active in advocating for standards and regulation at the state level and will likely call for a requirement for Oklahoma massage therapy certification. Many cities do have their own regulations for licensing and certification, which can vary quite a bit from city to city. Generally, the health department in a city handles the licensing. A list of some city regulations can be found on the website of the Oklahoma chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) at http://www.amtaok.org/Local%20Laws%202007.htm.
With 42 states currently controlling the licensing and/or certification of massage therapists and more with legislation in the works, it is recommended that you seek national certification to maximize your marketability. In thirty-three states, national certification is a requirement for practice. Certification also allows for reimbursement by some insurance companies. This requires a minimum of 500 hours of classes from a school recognized by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), with some states requiring as much as 1,000 hours. Nationally, members of the AMTA average 633 hours of initial training and 92% take 25 hours of continuing education classes each year.
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
1901 South Meyers Road, Suite 240
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Toll free: 1-800-296-0664
The certification process requires that you submit and application with signed forms for the background check, a statement of understanding, a statement of compliance with regulations stated in the Candidate Handbook, a copy of a US government issues photo ID and $225. If approved, you will be allowed to take the test for certification.