How long does it take to get massage therapy certification?

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How long does it take to get massage therapy certification?

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Depending on what state you are looking for licensure, the process may take quite some time. Generally, requirements include documentation of education along with passing the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

Most states require official transcripts from the school or program while some have an educational verification form that is to be completed by a representative of the school. You may also need an official transcript or diploma from your high school.

Other requirements may include:

A background check of your criminal history

Additional tests on state laws and rules

Proof of insurance

Proof of English proficiency

A business license

CPR or first aid certification

For other specifications, check your state's board rules. The process may take longer due state requirements such as proof of citizenship or legal status, application notarization, and/or any other needed information. The timeline may vary, but licensing agencies tend to ensure timely processing.

For more information about massage therapy licensing, check out this article: Massage Therapy License and Certification Information.

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