How do I get a Massage Therapy certification?

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How do I get a Massage Therapy certification?

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Massage therapy certification requirements will vary from state to state, with some states requiring mandated licensure. Students who choose to become certified in massage therapy will typically attend an accredited, five-hundred (500) plus hour education curriculum and participate in hands-on training clinics. Passing a background check and the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLE) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board is also required.

According to the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), board certification is the profession's highest voluntary credential and shows a higher level of commitment to the profession by meeting greater educational and work experience requirements.

To obtain board certification, students will need to complete at least seven hundred fifty (750) hours of accredited classroom education. They will need to get two-hundred-fifty (250) hours of professional massage experience within six months of training and participate in Code of Ethics training. CPR training and passing a national background check is also required.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 74% of practicing massage therapists run their own business, and in 2019 the average annual income for a massage therapist was estimated to be $29,349.

For more information on massage therapy certification, check out this article: Massage Therapy Certificate Overview

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