How to Become a Massage Therapist in Pennsylvania - OR
In Pennsylvania, massage therapy certification opens up many professional opportunities. Pennsylvania is actively revising a bill at this time that licenses massage therapy professionals within the state that recognizes the importance of the art and science of bodywork and massage therapy.
Steps to becoming a Massage Therapist in Pennsylvania
- After completing the necessary education you will then be able to sit for a national licensing examination that is given by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. At this time Pennsylvania law recognizes the NCBTMB examination and does not require a state specific test in order to grant a license within the state.
- Finally once you have completed the national certification you can apply for a license within the state of Pennsylvania. Additional qualifications you must meet by the laws of Pennsylvania include: the applicant is of good moral character, possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent, has paid the fee for licensing, and is not addicted to alcohol, narcotics or other habit forming drugs.
- Pennsylvania law also states that an applicant for license and a practicing massage therapist must have a current CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) certificate. Contact the Pennsylvania chapter of The American Heart Association to find out how to become certified.
- Find a job as a massage therapist. Massage therapy is useful in many settings and you could find work in a spa or a chiropractic office. As well you could find a job in a rehabilitation setting.