Wisconsin Massage Therapist License Exam

To get licensed in Wisconsin, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.  Whether you live in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison 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 Wisconsin.

Who Grants a License:  Licenses are granted by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

Qualifications to receive a License:  A candidate needs to complete a minimum of 600 hours of instruction from an approved school or program.

The candidate must also pass the following exams:

1.       The candidate must pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) or the exam given by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

2.       The candidate must pass the state law exam.

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

The application to take the NCCAOM Exam can be found at NCCAOM application. More information can be found on the NCCAOM Exam in the Certification Handbook.  Information on NCCAOM’s Asian Bodywork Therapy can be found in the ABT Certification 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

NCCAOM - Asian Bodywork Therapy Exam

The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and test takers have two hours and thirty minutes to complete the computer-based exam.  The exam uses an adaptive testing process, where the computer-based exam determines the level of the candidate based on whether a correct answer is given to a specific question. If a question is answered correctly, the next question is a bit more difficult. If the answer to a question is incorrect, the next question will be a bit easier. You are unable to return to a previous answer in the adaptive testing process. The adaptive testing process determines a candidate’s knowledge level and a certain level must be attained to pass the exam.

The exam is divided into eight content areas:

-          Practice Management 
-          Assessment 
-          Analysis and Differentiation of Syndromes/Patterns
-          Treatment Principle
-          Evaluation/Adjustment of Treatment
-          Client Education
-          Apply Treatment

Wisconsin State Law Exam:   The exam is an open-book, online exam covering Wisconsin statutes and administrative code provisions covering massage therapy.   To take the test, a candidate must first submit an application to the Department and the Department will issue an identification number and password to give you access to take the test online.  A passing score is required for licensure.   When the candidate completes the test online, the results page must be printed by following the “Print Test Feedback Report” instructions.  The results page must be included with the candidate’s application package.  The Department cannot access a candidate's test scores.

How to Apply for the License:  Candidates must provide the Department the following:  (1) completed application; (2) transcript of completed course of study; (3)Wisconsin State Law exam results page; (4) proof of professional liability insurance and (5) verification of passing the NCETM, NCETMB, MBLEx or NCCOAM exams.  The documents should be sent to:

                    Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
                    PO Box 8935
                    Madison, WI  53708-8935

Phone: (608) 266-2112

Official results from the MBLEx or the NCCAOM exam must be sent directly to the Department from those organizations.

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

License Renewal Requirements: A massage therapist must renew her license every two years.

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

Applicable Regulations:  Massage therapists in Wisconsin are governed by Administrative Code, Chapter 460, Massage Therapy and Bodywork. 

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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%)

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