Florida Massage Therapist License Exam

To get licensed in Florida, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa 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 Florida.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the Florida Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Board of Massage Therapy.   

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete course of study at an approved massage therapist school or apprenticeship program. 

A candidate needs to pass either the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). 

For more information, see Florida Licensure Exam Requirements.   

Applying for the Massage Exam:      

Candidates can apply online to take the NCETMB.  More information can be found on the NCETMB in a Candidate Handbook.  

Candidates can apply online to take the MBLEx.  More information can be found on the MBLEx in a Candidate Handbook.  

Test Content:   The NCETMB and the MBLEx have the following content:

NCETMB

The exam 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

MBLEx

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions with four choices provided for each question.  Test takers have 110 minutes to complete the computer based exam.

The exam is divided into eight content areas:

     -          Anatomy & Physiology

     -          Kinesiology

     -          Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution, Special Populations

     -          Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue

     -          Client Assessment, Reassessment, & Treatment Planning

     -          Overview of Massage & Bodywork History/Culture/Modalities

     -          Ethics, Boundaries, Laws, Regulations

     -          Guidelines for Professional Practice

How to Apply for the License:  Candidates can apply online at Florida Massage Therapist Application

The application, school transcripts and tests results can also be mailed to the Board:

               Florida Board of Massage Therapy

               4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin # C-06

               Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256

Phone: (850) 488-0595

Official school transcripts and exam results must be sent directly from those organizations to the Board.  Candidates must also complete a 2 hour medical error prevention course and submit proof of completion to the Board.

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

Who administers the test:  The NCETM/NCETMB is administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and Pearson Vue and the MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

License Renewal Requirements: A massage therapist must renew their license every 2 years and complete at least 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in Florida are regulated by Title XXXII, Chapter 480, Massage Practice; Chapter 456, Health Professions and Occupations; and Administrative Rules, Chapter 64B7.

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

And take Tests.com’s Massage Therapist Practice Tests:

MBLEx Practice Test

NCETM Practice Test

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