Alabama Massage Therapist License Exam

To get licensed in Alabama, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your massage license.

Need of a Massage License: A massage therapist needs a license to practice massage therapy in Alabama.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete a minimum of 650 hours from an accredited massage therapy school and pass the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).  For more information, see Alabama License Requirements.

Apply for the Massage Exam:   Candidates can apply online to take the NCETMB.   More information can be found in a Candidate Handbook.

How to Apply for the License:  A candidate for licensure must first send in an Application Request Form to the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.  The forms can be found online. 

Test Content:  The NCETMB consists of 160 multiple-choice questions with four choices provided for each question.  Test takers have two hours and forty minutes to complete the computer based exam.

The exam is divided into six content areas:

     -          General knowledge of body systems

     -          Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology

     -          Pathology

     -          Therapeutic massage and bodywork assessment

     -          Therapeutic massage and bodywork application

     -          Professional standards, ethics, business and legal practices

Fees:  There are fees to apply to become a licensed massage therapist.

Who administers the test:  National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. and Pearson Vue.

Need of Liability Insurance:  A massage therapist needs to carry at least $1,000,000 in personal liability insurance.

License Renewal Requirements:  A massage therapist must complete at least 16 hours of continuing education and renew their license every 2 years.

Applicable Regulations:  Alabama Code, Title 34, Chapter, 43; Alabama Board of Massage Therapy Administrative Code, Chapter 532X1.


For more information on massage therapist licensing and exam preparation, go to’s MBLEx Test Guide and NCETM / NCETMB Test Guide.

And take’s Massage Therapist Practice Tests:

MBLEx Practice Test

NCETM Practice Test

For massage therapy exam preparation products and services, such as study guides, flashcards and courses, go to’s  MBLEx and NCETM/NCETMB listings.