Are you considering a career in massage therapy in Florida and do not know the regulations or requirements?
Are you a massage therapist in another state moving to Florida and need to get a license there?
Maybe you have visited the Florida Board of Massage website, or a few websites of massage schools you are considering attending, and you need help figuring out the requirements, or your next step.
I am a licensed massage therapist in Florida and Florida Board-Approved continuing education provider that specializes in helping people with the licensing and renewal process.
I think I can help answer your questions, and get you started on the right path to help you meet your goals.
Here we go.
3 Routes to Licensure
First, Massage therapy is regulated in Florida by the Department of Health. Unless you have a license from the Florida Department of Health, you may not offer any massage services in the state of Florida.
So, how do you get a Florida massage license? There are three basic routes to licensure in Florida: Examination, Endorsement, and Apprenticeship.
This is the most common route.
Applicants will need to show proof of attending a Florida Board Approved Massage School, or a massage school approved in their state (500 hour minimum), and pass a Florida Massage Board-Approved examination (MBLEx, NCETMB, NCETM, NESL).
I have put together a free, printable checklist to walk you step-by-step through the Florida licensure process. Grab it here.
For more information on massage licensing exams: MBLEx vs NCETMB
If you attended a massage therapy school in another state and hold a massage therapy license in another state, this route is for you!
I received my license this way, and each week I help many people with the process of transferring their massage license to Florida from another state.
The endorsement process can be confusing. On my Florida endorsement page, I’ve created a flowchart to show the difference between endorsement and examination candidates, offer a checklist to streamline the process, and I also cover unique questions and special situations.
Florida is the unique in that it allows massage therapists to train through a Board-approved apprenticeship program.
This route has some flexibility and benefits as a route to licensure, but typically involves a much longer time commitment (12-24 months).
One advantage is that you will have plenty of hands-on experience upon completion of the program.
You will need to have your massage exam scores sent to the Florida Board of Massage if you did not already do so at the time of your exam:
NCETM, NCETMB, Or NESL (NCBTMB) (You will need to obtain login information from the NCBTMB to access this form)
Required CE Courses
Licensees will need show proof of completion of (2 hours of PME, 10 Hours FL Law and Rules, 3 Hours HIV) from a Florida Board-approved provider if not completed during massage training.
What happens after you apply for a license?
After you apply for your massage therapy license, your will receive a Florida File Number.
After the Florida Board of Massage receives your school transcript, your exam scores, and any other materials you may need to provide, the Florida Board of Massage will automatically issue your license.
Contact the Florida Board of Massage Therapy
Florida Department of Health
Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN #C-06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3257
If you have a more specific question, or need clarification on something, let me know in the comments below!
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