The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy was established in May of 2005 in an effort to protect the public from unqualified massage practitioners. The new Board established minimum educational requirements (500 hours) and approved massage licensing exams. The establishment of this Board and education requirements is helpful for massage therapists who want, or need, to move and apply for a massage license in another state.
For massage therapists moving to neighboring Florida, this blog will guide you all the way through the Florida licensing process. To set you on the right path I first have a few questions to ask you.
Have you completed 500 hours of massage education?
No. If you do not have 500 hours of education, you will need to complete this minimum education requirement before proceeding. Florida has strict guidelines about this requirement. They do accept any applicants with less than 500 hours of massage training. Contact the Florida Board of Massage to learn more about completing your 500 hours of education.
Yes. 500 hours is equal to the minimum requirement for Florida Massage License applicants. I now have another question for you.
Have you passed the NCETMB or the MBLEx?
No. You are required to complete one of the above exams before Florida will issue a massage license to you. Here is a printout of what you need to do next. Start here.
Yes. All of Georgia’s approved massage licensing exams are approved exams in Florida. You have one last question (I promise).
Do you have an active Georgia Massage license?
Yes. Here is your printable checklist for getting your Florida Massage License. Start here.
No. If you had a massage license recently, but let it lapse, or you never applied to the Georgia Board after completing 500 hours of training and taking a board-approved licensing exam, start here.
***On a side note. I have seen on another Florida CE provider website claim that Georgia is the only state to require licensed massage professionals to maintain their NCTMB credential. This is not true. Georgia also accepts the MBLEx as an approved licensing exam.
Please leave a comment below if you need clarification on something or have a more specific question. I’d be happy to help!
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