New York is not an easy state to become licensed, mainly because of the extremely high schooling requirements. You need to have 1000 hours of in-class education with at least 150 hours on an actual person.
One benefit however is that no national exam is required to become licensed. A state exam, the ‘New York State Massage Therapy Examination’ is however required. This exam is only offered twice a year, in January and August, so it’s important to plan ahead.
Another small additional item you must do is complete a course in CPR in the 3 years before getting licensed.
As of January 1st 2012, you are required to maintain your license by paying a fee and completing 36 hours of continuing education in your 3 years before your license expires.
- License application: $108.00
- License renewal: $55.00/3 years