​Michigan Massage Licensing

All massage therapists are required to obtain a license from the State of Michigan. It is a criminal violation of the law to practice massage therapy without a board-issued license.

For our students, the school pays for their Massage Board Licensing Exam and their initial State Massage Licensing fee. Our students receive guidance in completing their Michigan licensing application, and we submit their forms to the State upon completion of the student’s program.

To obtain a Michigan state massage license, the following requirements must be met.

  • Graduate from a State Approved School (minimum of 625 hours)
  • Pass the Massage Board Licensing Exam (MBLEx)
  • Submit a Massage Licensing Application form
  • A Criminal Background Check

Massage License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

The following information is Irene’s Myomassology Institute’s best understanding of Michigan’s Massage Licensing Board’s licensing rules.
  • An initial massage license (your first one) expires on October 31st. If you received your license less than 120 days prior to October 31st (after July 4th), you will be given one full year plus the number of days until that expiration date. For example, a license issued on September 1st will be valid for 14 months (until October 31st of the following year).
  • Continuing Education (CE) is not required for initial license renewal for a therapist’s first year of practice.
  • The license expiration date and year is printed on your license. You will be sent renewal information in the mail 45-60 days prior to the expiration. It is your responsibility to assure the State has your current address. If you move, you must submit your new info to the State in writing.
  • Renewed licenses (your second, third, fourth. . . ) are good for 3 years. 
  • All renewed massage licenses will be required to complete 18 hours of CE over the next three years.
  • If you renewed your license on October 31, 2018 you will need to complete 18 CE hours before you can renew your license in 2021. If you renewed your license in 2019, you will need CE completed by 2022. If you renew in 2020, you will need CE completed by 2023, and so on. 
  • Of the required 18 CE hours, 2 hours must be in ethics or professional boundaries, and 1 hour must be in pain management. 
  • The 18 hours of CE must be completed during that 3-year renewal cycle. Your CE cannot be taken before you renew your massage license. If you take classes before that, they will not count towards CE. 
  • Massage schools/programs approved by the State for entry level education are approved to offer CE classes. 
  • CE providers can also be approved by the NCBTMB, FSTMB, or COMTA. 
  • CE hours cannot be carried from one renewal period to the next. If you complete 25 hours of CE in a 3-year cycle, you still must complete 18 hours for the next renewal.
  • You will not submit CE proof when you send your license renewal. The State will conduct random audits of renewals. You will have no idea when or if the State will require your CE documentation. Always keep your CE certificates on hand for at least 4 years after renewal. 
  • No more than 12 CE hours can be completed in a 24-hour period. 
  • You cannot earn CE credit for the same class more than once. 
  • CE credit will not be granted in any of the modalities that are exempt from the massage license law. At this time, the list of exempt modalities that do not count for CE is: Feldenkrais, Trager, Polarity, Asian Bodywork, Reiki, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Structural Integration.

Note – Irene’s Myomassology Institute always encourages our alumni to further their education, increase their knowledge and improve their skills. Irene’s philosophy was, “You’re always a student!” Contact the school at 248-350-1400, if you have questions.
You can find the application for Michigan Massage Licenses at this link.

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