New York Massage Therapist License Exam

To get licensed in the state of New York, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Buffalo, New York City, Syracuse 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 New York.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the New York Office of Professions.

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete at least 1000 hours of classroom instruction and training in massage therapy from an approved school or institute registered with the New York State Education Department or from a school that has a curriculum that is substantially equivalent in both content and extent of training.

The candidate must also pass the New York State Massage Therapy Exam that is administered by Castle Worldwide, Inc. testing company.

For more information on qualifications, see New York State Massage Therapist License Requirements

Applying for the Massage Exam:  

Candidates can apply to take the New York State Massage Therapy Exam by printing the Examination Scheduling Form and submitting it to Castle Worldwide, Inc.

Test Content:   The New York State Massage Therapy Exam is given twice each year, in January and August, and consists of 140 question test, 20 of which deal with Eastern methods. 

The exam is divided into 4 content areas:

     -          Assessment and Evaluation
     -          Development of Treatment Plan
     -          Application of Treatment Skills
     -          Professional Responsibilities, Business Practice, and Professional Ethics

For more information on the exam, see the Exam Information Blueprint.

How to Apply for the License:   Candidates must provide the Office of Professions the following Application. Candidates must send the application to:

               New York State Education Department
               Office of the Professions
               PO Box 22063
               Albany, NY  12201

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

License Renewal Requirements :  A massage therapist must renew her license every three years and complete at least 36 hours of continuing education in that time period.

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in New York are governed by Commissioner’s Regulations, Article 155, Section 7800 et seq. and Part 78.

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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.