Compared to most other massage therapists, New York massage therapists looking to relocate to Florida will encounter an extra step in the transfer process.
The education requirement is not the problem. At this time, the state of New York requires 500 hours more hours of massage training than Florida.
The licensing exam is where you likely will find a delay in the transfer process.
New York State is one of the few remaining states that still administers its own state massage licensing examination. Any massage therapist that leaves the state of New York will find that having your own state exam can be a problem for reciprocity and license portability, especially those moving to Florida.
The New York State Massage Therapy Exam (or any other state massage licensing exam) is not an approved licensing exam for obtaining a Florida massage license. Before qualifying for a Florida massage license, you will need to pass a Florida Board-Approved Examination (MBLEx, NCETMB, NCETM, or the NESL).
To help make this process easier, follow this step-by-step guide to the Florida license by examination process. I will guide you through the entire process, and hopefully make your move a little less stressful.
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