For Texas massage therapists moving to Florida, the steps required to getting a Florida Massage License depend on how many hours of massage education you have.
300 hours of Training
Before 2007, Texas had one of the lowest training requirements for massage therapists at 300 hours, and their own state licensing exam.
500 hours of Training
Since 2007, Texas has required that massage therapists complete at least 500 hours of training and pass a board-approved licencing exam (MBLEx, NCETMB) before obtaining a massage therapy license.
Based on the above, here is what you need to do next.
If you have 500 (or more) hours of training…
If you have 500 hours of massage training, please see this page on transferring your massage license to Florida.
You will next determine if you are a license by examination or endorsement candidate. This will be based on your current license situation (active or expired), and whether you took a Florida Board-Approved Examination. Florida does not accept the old Texas State Licensing Exam.
Once you determine if you are an endorsement or examination candidate, be sure to print off a free checklist to help guide you step-by-step through the Florida license process.
If you have less than 500 hours of training…
The Florida Board of Massage requires 500 hours of formal massage education, and they make no exceptions to this rule. My suggestion is that you contact the Florida Board to request a list of board-approved schools that will allow you to sit in class and make up the remaining hours you need to get your license.
You will also need to complete a Florida board-approved exam (MBLEx, NCETM, NCETMB, NESL).
If you have a more specific question or situation, please leave a comment below. I’d be happy to help!