Compared to most other massage therapists, New York massage therapists looking to relocate to Florida will encounter an extra step in the transfer process. Also, I have one tip at the end of this post that I get many phone calls about. This tip will help you avoid a delays with your license being issued by the Florida board.
The education requirement is not the problem. At this time, the state of New York requires 500 hours more hours of massage training than Florida.
The licensing exam is where you likely will find a delay in the transfer process.
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, especially those moving to Florida.
The New York State Massage Therapy Exam (or any other state massage licensing exam) is not an approved licensing exam for obtaining a Florida massage license. Before qualifying for a Florida massage license, you will need to pass a Florida Board-Approved Examination (MBLEx, NCETMB, NCETM, or the NESL).
To help make this process easier, follow this step-by-step guide to the Florida license by examination process. I will guide you through the entire process, and hopefully make your move a little less stressful.
And my final tip especially for NYS licensees to avoid frustration and delays: Make sure you apply as an examination candidate, and not an endorsement candidate. Since you did not take a Florida board-approved exam to get your NYS massage license, you are not and endorsement candidate. If you apply online, it will not allow you to move forward if you select that you are transferring from NYS to FL as and endorsement candidate. 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!