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 seven hundred fifty (750) 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 750 classroom hours and completed 60 hours of unpaid and supervised clinical or internship experience; and

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. 


Documentation Requirements


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;


Verification of successful completion of the MBLEx examination or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Examination (NCBTMB);


Verification of 60 hours of unpaid clinical or internship experience.  The applicant shall arrange for the submission of a letter from the licensed supervisor indicating the dates, location and total number of hours of unpaid clinical or internship hours.  The letter shall be on business letterhead and shall be submitted directly to this office from the supervisor.


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