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Learn Massage Therapy in Virginia - VA

Once you’ve completed your massage therapy training in Virginia, then taken and passed the certification exam, the hard work is over. Licensure in Virginia is as simple as submitting a brief application, paying your $105 fee, and mailing in your paperwork. There are some basic questions about your experience and any past licensures but shouldn’t take more than an hour to complete.


the application, they will not accept your application and they will not refund your fee. Likewise, the affidavit portion of the application must be notarized by a notary public or, again, the entire application will not be accepted.

The application is available for download at: http://www.dhp.state.va.us/Forms/nursing/MT/examination_forms.doc

If you were certified in another state or country but would like to work in Virginia, you can be licensed by endorsement (rather than education) by completing the following application: http://www.dhp.state.va.us/Forms/nursing/MT/endorsement_forms.doc

All other questions related to licensure and continuing education be directed to:

Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
6603 W. Broad St., Fifth Floor
Richmond, VA 23230-1717
Tel: 804-662-9909
Fax: 804-662-9943
E-mail: nursebd@dhpvirginia.gov

Every two years, the license will need to be renewed and each therapist must complete 24 hours of continuing education during that time. Twelve of these must be directed by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). This board not only hosts the exams but provides terrific resources for massage therapist to prepare for the exam including offering online practice tests and study materials. The NCBTMB website (http://www.ncbtmb.org/) also makes available a number of tools for massage therapists who own their own businesses including marketing materials, consumer brochures, and access to logos therapists can use on their materials and business cards to add credibility to their business.

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