How to Become a Massage Therapist in Washington - WA
Massage Therapist Licensing in Washington
In Washington, massage therapy certification is a requirement of licensure. The licensing program is a bit more thorough in Washington than in other states but, for the most part, the application is time-consuming but not too complex. In addition to school records, exam scores, and demographic information, the application also requests several items that other states don’t.
For example, they ask that all applicants are certified in CPR, that they have completed AIDS education courses and that they include a photo with their application. Any item left out of the application will disqualify the applicant and forfeit any fees paid.
The application costs are $65 for the written portion and $50 for the practical exam. Once passed, the license costs $115. This initial license is good until the therapist’s next birthday (unless their birthday is within 90 days of receiving their license). The state board sends all licensed therapists a reminder well in advance of its renewal date so that they can complete the necessary requirements for renewal.
Finding a Massage Therapy Job in Washington
Once Washington massage therapy certification and licensing is complete, you’re ready to find a job! The great thing about massage therapy is that there are so many options and opportunities. For those who enjoy a fairly regimented schedule and helping injured patients, working in a doctor’s office, hospital or rehabilitation facility may make the most sense. On the other hand, if working in a more relaxed environment where the clients are tourists or those who wish to be pampered and relieved of stress, the opportunities in the hospitality industry are boundless. Spas, hotels, cruise lines, health clubs, and resorts are always looking to hire qualified massage therapists.
With 30 four-year colleges and dozens of professional and semi-professional sports teams in the state, Washington also offers countless opportunities for massage therapists with an interest or focus on sports medicine.
Finally, many massage therapists find that the best environment for them is one that they can control completely themselves. Becoming your own boss allows you to set your own hours and fees and choose the type of client you want to serve. Keep in mind, though, that without a team to support you and an established business on which to build, you will be in charge of building your business, marketing yourself, and managing your own finances. The real benefit to this structure, however, is that you will keep 100% of whatever you work hard to make!
Most of the schools in Washington provide career counseling, networking opportunities, and job boards and additional massage therapy opportunities can be found at: http://www.alltherapyjobs.com as well as traditional job sites like indeed.com and monster.com.