Massage Therapist Licensing Requirements
Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.
An applicant for licensure must meet the eligibility requirements outlined below:
Graduation from a school of massage therapy offering a course of study of not less than five hundred (500) classroom hours with the instructor present and, at the time of the applicant’s graduation, held a current school code assigned by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and was either (A) accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or by a state board of post-secondary technical trade and business schools; or (B) accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Please note that on-line instruction is not acceptable towards meeting the 500 classroom hours:
Each person submitting an application on and after October 1, 2019, shall have graduated from a school of massage therapy offering a course of study of not less than seven hundred fifty (750) classroom hours, with the instructor present, that, at the time of the applicant's graduation held a school code and is accredited as outlined above.
Recent graduates of an approved massage therapy educational programs are eligible for a temporary permit. Please note that a temporary permit is not available to licensees applying from other states or for applicants applying for reinstatement of a lapsed Connecticut license;
Successful completion of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork formerly administered by the NCTMB. Please note that the National Examination for State Licensing (NESL) examination formerly administered by the NCTMB examination does not satisfy the examination requirement.
Applicants must arrange for the following to be submitted directly to office:
Verification form sent directly from the educational institution documenting completion of a massage therapy course of study;
If applicable, a verification form sent directly from each state licensing authority where a license, registration or certification is or has ever been held. Some states may charge a fee for this service. For fee information, please contact the issuing authority prior to submitting your request.
A complete application and fee of $379.75. This payment also covers the Department’s cost for querying the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Applications are only accepted online. Please select this link to apply online.
All supporting documentation should be sent directly from the source to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Massage Therapist Licensure
410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1982