License to Treat

Every individual who wants to become a massage therapist needs to get their license soon after they qualify. A licensed/certified massage therapist has the liberty to start their own massage chain or get a job under an already existing organization. Either way, if a massage therapist does not own a license, they are not considered to be legal therapists. Because massage therapy is a task which needs physical contact with a client’s body, getting licensed is the best way to stay out of controversies and lead a legal massage-therapist life.

The terms and conditions of getting licensed in massage therapy depend and vary according to the place of residence or business. In some countries, license can be acquired through the State by applying for one.

In other countries, one has to sit for a test in order to acquire a license in massage therapy. Many institutes all around the world have various processes of licensing and certification.

To acquire a National Certificate, one has to take an exam prescribed by The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). It offers two types of certifications:

  • National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB)
  • National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)

Students appearing for the above exams are required to be graduates of an accredited school of massage therapy.

Getting licensed makes sure a massage therapist’s clientele is as varied and wide-ranging as possible. Clients too prefer therapists who are not only skilled and know their art best, but they also check if the particular therapist is licensed and properly certified. It increases their confidence and results in positive influence on the massage therapist’s future in the field.

Certified massage therapists who aspire to specialise in medical massage treatments, may get to work in rehabilitation clinics, doctors’ offices, fitness centres, sports organizations, etc who choose only those as professionals who hold a proper certificate of their skills as a therapist.