This Licensing Package Includes:
10-Hour Florida Massage Laws and Rules Course
Free Bonus: Complete Licensing Guide
Free Bonus: Printable Process Checklist
3-Hour HIV/AIDS(No longer required)
2-Hour Prevention of Medical Errors(No longer required)
Moving is hard enough, let alone leaving one massage business to join or build a new one.
Whether you are making a permanent move, or just escaping the cold for a few months of the year to Florida, with that transition comes needing another massage license.
If you are “transferring” your license from another state, you may have found the application process is not quick and easy. You also likely have questions.
Having gone through the process myself, I can testify firsthand about the confusion and frustration that can occur. I’ve also helped 2000+ massage therapists make their professional move to the Sunshine State a little easier, and I want to help you, too!
I have heard every question and concern. I’ve organized years worth of applicant questions, online research, and emails to the Florida Board to create a detailed licensing guide, a simple checklist, and I’ve broken down the process into easy steps to help make this move a little easier for you.
Simplifying the Florida Application Process
If you are overwhelmed by government websites, special situations like grandfathering, deciphering laws and statutes, and the paperwork -who needs to send what and where?? – you are in the right spot.
Let’s break the licensing process down into simpler terms. There are five (5) basic requirements you need to complete in order to obtain your license. Let’s cover the those steps.
Step 1: Fill out Your Application
Is your head spinning and you don’t even know where to begin? Relax and know that in most cases, it is best to start with the application.
Once you submit your application and pay your fee, you will get a file number. You have one (1) year to complete the all of the requirements, or you will need to start a new application.
The only reason not to start with the application is if you do not have 500 hours of massage education. You need to review this FAQ first.
Step 2: Request a State Verification
A verification form is included with the Florida Board of Massage License application.
You must request an official license verification(s) from all state licensing boards where you hold, or have held, any health related professional license (e.g. massage, nursing, physical therapy assistant).
To obtain a state verification, you will need to contact the board, or boards, where you were licensed and request the verification be submitted to the Florida board directly from the other licensing board or agency.
If you have never held a massage, or health related license, you can skip Step 2.
Step 3: Complete a 10-Hour Florida Laws and Rules Course
All applicants must complete 10-Hour Law and Rules course. It can be taken from a Florida board-approved school or continuing education provider.
My Florida board-approved course is self-paced and does not need to be completed in one sitting. The exam is open book. Your completion certificate will be ready to print or download immediately after completion.
A Few Notes About the Course
If you need this course for board discipline…
This course is also approved for current licensees that are required to complete ten (10) hours of Florida Law and Rules for Board disciplinary/penalty reasons. Please include your Florida license number when taking your exam so that I can report your completed hours to CE Broker.
If you previously held a Florida license
If you had a Florida massage license years ago but it is now null and void, there is a chance you only completed four (4) hours of Laws and Rules before the requirement changed to ten (10) hours. If so, you now will need to take a 10-hour course if you are applying for a new license.
If you are looking for the other courses previously required for initial licensure
Two (2) hours of Prevention of Medical Errors and three (3) hours of HIV/AIDS are no longer required for obtaining a Florida massage license, so you only need to complete a 10-Hour Florida Laws and Rules Course.
Step 4: Fingerprinting / Background Screening
Florida requires a background screening for all new applicants. Fingerprints must be by a Florida Board of Massage approved Livescan provider.
Fingerprints are submitted electronically (no fingerprint cards) to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). This will trigger a search for any Florida and national criminal history records that may pertain to the massage license applicant.
Fingerprint scans can be completed in Florida or outside the state by a Florida Board of Massage-approved Livescan provider. Previous fingerprint used in other states for other licenses will not be accepted. I have not seen prints from the sheriff station work, either.
Step 5: Finish Any Additional Requirements (School Transcript or Exam)
It is possible you will need to submit materials in addition to the ones listed above.
I used to recommend people submit their school transcripts and exam scores in all cases. However, the Board office has updated their process, and sometimes they can make an application decision based on your state license verification.
Unfortunately, a complete list of which state licenses need to submit additional information is not available, as license verification comes in many forms and states sometimes change what they provide with a verification.
Once an application has been received it will be reviewed by Board staff. Upon review, it may be necessary for Board staff to request the additional information below.
In some cases, the Board office can make the determination of completion of 500 hours without a transcript. However, if this education equivalency cannot be determined, Board staff will request a change of application method (from endorsement to examination) and request documentation of education.
As with school transcripts, if proof of exam cannot be determined through your license verification, the Board staff will request your licensing exam scores.
An exam is required to obtain a massage license in Florida, even if you were grandfathered into licensure without an exam.
The Florida Board of Massage accepts the following exams:
- NYS Exam
- Florida State Exam prior to 1996
If you need to submit exam scores from the NCBTMB or FSMTB (MBLEx), my checklist will help you make that request. New York exam scores are included on their their license verification/certification.
If you are no longer NCBTMB certified, do not worry about it. Your exam scores never expire!
If you have not taken an exam yet, you will need complete it before getting licensed. Again, this is true even if you were grandfathered into licensure without taking an exam.
Once all requirements for licensure are met, a license will be issued and should be received in the mail within 7-10 working days.
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Still Have Questions?
In most situations, the above information is enough to get started. However, you may still have questions or require some extra guidance.
Included with our 10-Hour Florida Laws and Rules course is a very detailed guide to help you through the process with ease, as well as a printable checklist to keep track of your progress.
The Licensing Guide Will Help You Answer the Following Questions:
- Should I apply by endorsement or examination?
- How do I request a state verification from the state I was licensed in?
- How do I find approved fingerprinting locations in Florida or in my state?
- How do I request exam scores for the MBLEx or NCETMB?
- How do I request my school transcript, even if my school is closed?
- What are the steps to obtain a Massage Establishment license?
- What do I need to know for license renewal?
- What is the Board of Massage ORI number for fingerprinting?
- Are there additional local licenses and permits required?
- Plus many other helpful tips to help you avoid delays!
I’ve compiled years worth of research and experience, and this guide is exclusive to Advanced Massage Techniques customers.
What You’re Getting
1) Immediate Access to the 10-Hour Laws and Rules Course
Before attaining your Florida Massage Therapy License, the Florida Board requires all applicants (both endorsement and examination candidates) complete a board approved 10-Hour Florida Laws and Rules course, which may be taken in a home study format.
Quick and easy access to your learning materials via an eBook format with online exam. No need to wait for shipping or a CE class at a massage school in your area. Get started right away!
You can print or download your certificate immediately after completion of your exam.
The course is up-to-date so you are aware of the latest laws and rule changes.
2) Complete Licensing Guide and Step-By-Step Checklist
This detailed guide and checklist will answer the most common questions, help you quickly identify the steps needed to get your Florida license, and provide simple direction on how to complete each step.
When everything goes smoothly, it typically takes four (4) to six (6) weeks to complete the application process. This guide and checklist will help you avoid delays in processing time.
3) Personal Assistance
Please contact me to with any questions or snags you hit along the way. After helping 2000+ applicants, I have heard just about every situation possible. I email the board office frequently to ask them questions, so you don’t have to wait on the phone or wait for email replies.
“You have been awesome and amazing! I assumed these courses would take weeks of reviewing and study, yet I did it all in a few days!
For you to have simplified and streamlined the process, AND include the courses for under $100 is just refreshing and tribute to your profession.
~ Anthony DeFruscio