DPH: Massage Therapist Licensing Requirements

Massage Therapist Licensing Requirements


Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


An applicant for licensure must meet the eligibility requirements outlined below:


Graduation from a school of massage therapy offering a course of study of not less than five hundred (500) classroom hours with the instructor present, and at the time of the applicant’s graduation held a current school code assigned by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and was either (A) accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education or by a state board of post-secondary technical trade and business schools; or (B) accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).  Please note that on-line instruction is not acceptable towards meeting the 500 classroom hours:


Recent graduates of an approved massage therapy educational programs are eligible for a temporary permit.  Please note that a temporary permit is not available to licensees applying from other states or for applicants applying for reinstatement of a lapsed Connecticut license;


Successful completion of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork formerly administered by the NCTMB.   Please note that the National Examination for State Licensing (NESL) examination formerly administered by the NCTMB examination does not satisfy the examination requirement. 


Documentation Requirements


Applicants must arrange for the following to be submitted directly to office:


A completed application with photograph and fee of $379.75.  Applications are only accepted online.  Paper applications are not accepted.  Please select this link to apply online;

Please note that $4.75 of the application fee covers the Department’s cost for querying the National Practitioner Data Bank;


A separate bank check or money order in the amount of $4.75 made payable to, “Treasurer, State of Connecticut”.  This payment covers the Department’s cost for querying the National Practitioner Data Bank;


Verification form sent directly from the educational institution documenting completion of a massage therapy course of study;


Verification of successful completion of the MBLEx examination or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Examination (NCBTMB);


If applicable, a verification form sent directly from each state licensing authority where a license, registration or certification is or has ever been held.  Some states may charge a fee for this service.  For fee information, please contact the issuing authority prior to submitting your request.


All supporting documentation should be sent directly from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Massage Therapist Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS # 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax: (860) 707-1982

Email: dph.alliedhealth@ct.gov

Content Last Modified on 11/16/2017 10:14:01 AM