Difference between a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Massage Therapist

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Difference between a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Massage Therapist

writes on April 25, 2016

Massage therapy is a booming profession!  The number of people wanting to become a massage therapist has increased. Like other allied health courses, massage therapist are subject to licensing in most states.  There is still a misunderstanding in the difference between a licensed massage therapist and certified massage therapist. We hope this article helps in explaining the difference:

Licensed massage therapist:

Licensure is a mandatory process of professional regulation by a government office (usually a State office).  A student who graduates from a massage therapy college should have a license in order for him or her to practice massage therapy.   Bottom line, if you don’t have a license you are not allowed to receive payment for your work.

State licensing requirements will vary from state to state and by localities within a state, therefore it is important for you to know the authority that governs massage therapy in your work area.

Certified Massage Therapist:

Certified means being authorized or officially attested in meeting specified standards in field of work.  A massage therapist who has received a graduation certificate of massage therapy must take a board certification exam (MBLEX) that is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).  

After a massage therapist successfully completes an approve massage training program.  They will receive a graduation certificate that is required to take the MBLEX exam.   Massage therapy certifications can be given by certified instructors and accredited schools and colleges for the purpose of showing the applicant has successfully completed their coursework.

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The bottom line is that,

“Certification is desired and will help a therapist increase their knowledge and skill set.  Being licensed is mandatory in most states.”

Get your license now! Take the first step towards your career. Search the nearest massage therapy school and ask for more information or you can visit the Myotherapy College of Utah is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.


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By | April 25th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment
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    Please have a native English speaker edit this article.

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