How to Become a Massage Therapist in Wyoming - WY
Wyoming is one of only eight states that don’t regulate massage therapy at a state level. Other states that don’t regulate massage therapy are Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma and Vermont. Even so, many Wyoming cities and counties have their own regulations for massage therapy. For example, the City of Cheyenne in Laramie County has enacted strict regulations for massage therapists, including a licensing requirement.
Although in many parts of Wyoming massage therapy certification in not a requirement, national certification is still an option to consider for those who wish to become a massage therapist in Wyoming. NCBTMB massage therapy certification applicants must complete and show proof of at least 500 instructional hours in related courses and demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform massage therapy. They must complete and pass the standardized NCBTMB exam, and show that they’re upholding NCTMB’s Standards of Practice, as well as the Code of Ethics.
Once the applicant has completed the required course hours and demonstrated the appropriate skills as outlined above, it’s time to begin the application process to take the NCBTMB certification exam. First, the applicant should contact his school to have a sealed copy of his official transcript sent directly to the NCBTMB’s offices at the following address:
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
1901 S. Meyers Road, Suite 240
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: (800) 296-0664
Next, the applicant should complete the required application form. The following information should be submitted with the completed application form:
- Photocopy of current U.S. Issued Photo ID or Driver’s License
- Signed Background Check
- Statement of Understanding
- Candidate Compliance
- Applicant Authorization (if applicable)
- $225 Certification Fee
Applications are processed by the NCBTMB within four weeks. Once the application process has been completed, the applicant will receive one of three responses.
Authorization to Test Letter (ATT Letter): The ATT letter indicates that your application has been accepted and will contain instructions on how to make arrangements to complete your test. This is the ideal outcome.
Letter of Incomplete Application: The Letter of Incomplete Application will explain what pieces of information were missing from your application and explain what to do next. If you do receive this letter, be aware that you will wait an additional 3 to 4 weeks for your ATT letter, assuming your application is approved the second time. This is why it’s important to be sure that your application is complete and that you’ve provided all required documents the first time.
Denial Letter: If you receive a Denial Letter, the NCBTMB will provide you with the reasons for denial.
Once you’ve received your ATT letter, you can make arrangements to take the test as described in the letter. The NCBTMB exam staff will take your fingerprints electronically, as well as a photograph of you. Be sure to bring valid identification on the day of the test, which includes one of the following:
- Current driver’s license
- Current passport
- Current Military ID card
- Current State ID card
- Canadian Provincial Citizenship Card
After you’ve taken the test, you’ll receive an unofficial score of “Pass” or “Fail.” Your official scores and report will be mailed to you about two business days after completion of the exam. Since Wyoming has no state regulations in place for massage therapy, you won’t need to have the NCBTMB mail your scores to your state regulation office, but those who plan to practice in counties that require licensing may request that scores are mailed to the appropriate agency.