One that I frequently receive is from Ohio licensed massage therapists looking to relocate to Florida, and which licensing exams are approved by the Florida Board of Massage.
And you most likely know Ohio had its own state massage licensing exam until 2012. The Ohio Board of Massage then ruled to discontinue administering their own exam and accept the FSMTB’s MBLEx as their state licensing exam. This was a good thing for massage license portability and reciprocity.
If you received your Ohio massage license by taking the MBLEx, you are considered an endorsement candidate for a Florida massage license. As an endorsement candidate, here is your candidate checklist for getting your Florida license.
But what if you took the former exam administered by the Ohio Medical Board before 2012?
I have contacted the Board about various state licensing exams, including the Ohio state licensing exam, and I always receive the same response:
A state licensing exam is not a Florida Board of Massage Therapy approved exam. The following exams are approved for obtaining a Florida license: NCETMB, NCETM, NESL or the MBLEx.
So, yes you will need to take one of the approved exams. The Florida Board of Massage does not budge on this issue.
If you passed the previous Ohio Massage Board exam, I am confident you can pass either the MBLEx or one of the NCBTMB exams (even if you went to school years ago). The Ohio exam was known for being quite difficult.
If you need to take a Florida approved exam, you will be considered a license by examination candidate. Follow the checklist for examination candidates, and you too will be on your way to getting your Florida massage license.
The State Medical Board of Ohio is charging a $50.00 fee to complete and send a letter of good standing or license verification to another State Board, Canadian Province or other jurisdiction. If you have questions regarding the forms or fees, you may call the CME and Renewal department at 614-466-3934, or email [email protected].