When it comes to practicing massage therapy professionally, you will need to meet certain requirements depending on where you intend to practice.
In 48 out of 5o states, you need some kind of credential to work as a massage therapist and each state has its own regulations.
In 44 out of the 48 states previously mentioned (plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), you are required to take and pass the MBLEx to become licensed to practice as a massage therapist.
Also, licensure isn’t a one time thing. To renew your license, you will usually have to also complete some Continuing Education (CE) course hours.
In addition to getting and renewing your license, you will also have to follow the specific acts, rules, regulations, and laws of your state regarding the practice of massage therapy.
To become a Licensed Massage Therapist in Arizona, you need to complete 700 hours of massage therapy school. If you graduate from an United States Department of Education accredited school in Arizona, such as ASIS Massage Education, you will be eligible for the license upon graduation—you do not need to take an exam.
If your school is not accredited, you must pass either the NCETMB or MBLEx exams once you have completed massage therapy school.
Here is contact information for Arizona’s Board of Massage Therapy:
Arizona Board of Massage Therapy
1400 West Washington, #230
Phoenix, AZ 85007