***NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATE – THE FLORIDA BOARD RULED AT THE OCTOBER BOARD MEETING THAT THE NYS EXAM WOULD NOW BE ACCEPTED AND NYS APPLICANTS WITH VALID LICENCES WOULD NOW BE ENDORSEMENT CANDIDATES. THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED!***
Compared to most other massage therapists, New York massage therapists looking to relocate to Florida used to encounter an extra step in the transfer process. A step no massage therapists really wants to do – another licensing exam.
New York State is one of the few remaining states that still administers its own state massage licensing examination. Any massage therapist that leaves the state of New York will find that having your own state exam can be a problem for reciprocity and license portability. This was certainly true for those moving to Florida until recently.
The New York State Massage Therapy Exam (or any other state massage licensing exam) was not an approved licensing exam for obtaining a Florida massage license before October 2017. Before qualifying for a Florida massage license, NYS licensees were required to pass a Florida Board-Approved Examination (MBLEx, NCETMB, NCETM, or the NESL) in order to get a Florida license.
To help make this process easier, follow this step-by-step guide to the Florida license by endorsement process. I will guide you through the entire process, and hopefully, make your move a little less stressful.
One thing that is not updated on that checklist yet (because of the recent change) is obtaining proof of your NYS license and exam score. The NYS certification form can be found here.
And my final tip especially for NYS licensees to avoid frustration and delays: Make sure you apply as an endorsement candidate now. Since now took a Florida board-approved exam to get your NYS massage license, you are no longer an examination candidate like you would have been pre-2017. If you do this on the paper application, you also encounter a delay in you license being issued.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, or you can email me at [email protected].
I would be happy to help!