Colorado Massage Therapist License Exam

To get licensed in Colorado, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs 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 to be licensed to practice massage therapy in Colorado.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the Colorado Office of Massage Therapist Registration

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete a minimum of 500 hours of course and clinical work from an approved massage school.  The candidate must also pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).

For more information on qualifications, see Application for Original Registration – Massage Therapist.   

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

Test Content:   The MBLEx 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 must provide the Colorado Office of Massage Therapist Registration the following documents:  completed application, with criminal background check and finger printing.  The documents should be sent to:

                Colorado Division of Registrations
                Office of Licensing – Massage Therapy
                1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
                Denver, CO  80202

 Phone: (303) 894-7800

 Fax: (303) 894-7693

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

Who administers the test:  The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and Pearson Vue.

License Renewal Requirements: A massage therapist must renew their license every 2 years and there is no continuing education requirement.

Insurance Requirement:  Massage therapists must carry  professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $50,000 per claim with an annual aggregate liability limit of $300,000 for all claims.

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in Colorado are regulated by the Massage Therapy Practices Act, Title 12, Article 35.5 and the Colorado Massage Therapy Registration Rules and Regulations, 3 CCR 772-1

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 For more information on licensing and exam preparation, go to Tests.com’s  MBLEx Test Guide and BCETMB Test Guide.

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

 MBLEx Practice Test

 BCETMB Practice Test

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

Quality starts with...
...who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writers:
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.


Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.


Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.


Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.


Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

Kinesiology
10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)

Are you looking for MBLEx sample questions and guidance on how to pass the MBLEx on the first try?  

Check out the Practice Exam for the MBLEx with 875 massage therapy questions covering the same main sections as the actual MBLEx.