Massage Therapy Certification
Certification and LicensureTo help our readers better understand the requirements for state licensure and national certification in massage therapy, Allied Health World answers some of the more frequently asked questions people have about acquiring and retaining a license to practice
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What license is needed to work as a massage therapist?Most states regulate the practice of massage therapy by requiring licensure. A license to practice is granted upon completion of an accredited massage therapy program, which includes a number of hours spent in clinical practice, and the successful completion of an exam that tests related knowledge and applied skills. Because this test and the subsequent licensure is administered and granted on a state level, it isn’t transferrable to other states.
What is required to maintain state licensure as a massage therapist?Only a few states have continuing education requirements to maintain state licensure, and these requirements are typically minimal. To remain licensed, most states only require massage therapists to submit an application for license renewal along with a fee that is typically less than $200.
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