How to Become a Massage Therapist in Kansas - KS

While many states have specific regulations and requirements for licensing massage therapists, Kansas does not have any distinct prerequisites. Instead, potential massage therapists should check with the city or county in which employment is sought to verify any provisions within the jurisdiction.

Steps to Become a Massage Therapist in Kansas

1.  Enroll in an accredited massage school.  Online options are also available.
2.  Complete the required curriculum and receive passing grades.
3.  Apply for national certification (Optional in Kansas)

Kansas is only one of fifteen states in the country that is not required to have national certification. Though in Kansas massage therapy certification is not required, the NCBTMB, or National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, is recognized and accepted, and can provide a reputable reference when attracting clientele to a business. Senate Bill 572 was introduced in Kansas in February 2008 to regulate state licensing of massage therapists and as of December 2009, this bill is still open.  If passed, NCBTMB certification will become mandatory in Kansas.  It is probable that bill will pass, therefore having the national certification completed ahead of time, will allow for a smooth transition when and if the requirements are updated.


As a resident of Kansas, massage therapy certification through the NCBTMB can be obtained by completing an application and submitting the required documentation.  This includes authorizing a background check, signing a Statement of Understanding, and completing a Candidate Compliance agreement.  A government issued ID with a photo must be included along with payment in the amount of $225.  Accepted forms of payment include check, credit card, money order, cashier’s check, or voucher.  All of the applicable forms can be found online on the NCBTMB website.  Additionally a sealed transcript from the massage therapy school must be sent to the NCBTMB board to be reviewed. 

In addition to the required documentation, applicants must complete the following steps:
1.  At least 500 hours of instruction must be completed.
2.  Exhibit proficiency of basic therapy skills.
3.  Receive a passing grade on the NCBTMB exam.
4.  Maintain Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of NCBTMB.
5. Recertify by completing continuing education courses. Complete continuing education


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