Massage Therapist Training In Alabama

Alabama is a state that recognizes the NCBTMB exams along with the MBLex.  The first step in getting licensed is to pass one of the approved exams.

Basic Requirements to get Licensed

To take an NCBTMB exam you must have:

  • A minimum of 500 hours of instruction as follows:
    125 hours of body systems (anatomy, physiology and kinesiology)
    200 hours of massage and bodywork assessment, theory and application, in-class and supervised
    40 hours of pathology
    10 hours of business and ethics (minimum of 6 hours in ethics)
    125 hours of additional instruction in an area or related field that theoretically completes the massage program of study
  • Graduate of a NCBTMB Assigned School Code with a current valid transcript submitted to NCBTMB

There are no requirements to take the MBLex.  Remember though that the NCBTMB exams will give you more flexibility later on in your career.

Alabama Specific Requirements

Once you have passed your exam you need to apply for your license from the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy (This application costs an additional $25.00).  You must have at least 650 hours of training from an approved massage therapy school as well to apply.

If you already are licensed in another state, you can submit an application to the Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.  They will tell you if you are missing anything, you may not be required to do further training to be licensed depending on your background.

On-going Requirements:

  • To get your license and to practice in Alabama you must have Personal Liability Coverage of at least $1,000,000 that is nationally certified.
  • You need to renew your license every 2 years by taking at least 16 hours of continuing education over the course of the 2 year period.
  • If you took an NCETMB exam you must stay up to date if necessary.

Associated Costs with Licensing

  • NCETM/ NCETMB: $225.00
  • MBLex: $195.00
  • Alabama Board of Massage Therapy Application: $25.00
  • Licensing: $100.00
  • Licensing Renewal every 2 years: $100.00