Idaho Massage Requirements

Idaho massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for an individual to become a massage therapist in the state.  In Idaho individuals who practice massage therapy are considered Licensed Massage Therapists and must graduate from a board approved  school and pass a board approved examination. The following information is offered as an assistance to those considering a career as a massage therapist.  The information should be verified by consulting the Idaho Board of Massage Therapy.

Idaho Massage Requirements

 Idaho Massage Regulatory Board

Idaho Board of Massage Therapy
Bureau of Occupational Licenses

700 W. State Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Mailing Address

PO Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0063

Phone  (208) 334-3233
Fax       (208) 334-3945


To see State Laws & Rules go to:

Idaho Board of Massage Therapy

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License    $125.00
Renewal   $75.00

Education Requirements:

500 hours


Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards MBLEx

CEU Requirements:

6 hours annually

Page last Update June 16, 2015

The National Certification Examination for Licensure is no longer offered as of November 1, 2014 and National Certification will no longer be offered as of December 31, 2016.  Those who are Nationally Certified will need to upgrade their Certification to Board Certified. Please go to for further information on Board Certification. 

State of Idaho Chapter 40 Massage Therapists

Idaho Massage Requirements Chapter 40 Massage Therapists Definitions Excerpts

 54-4002. definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1)  "Advertise" means, but is not limited to, the issuing or causing to be distributed of any card, sign, direct mail piece or other device or causing or permitting any sign or marking on or in any building or structure, or in any newspaper, magazine or directory, or announcement on radio or announcement or display on television, computer network or electronic or telephonic medium.

(2)  "Board" means the Idaho state board of massage therapy created pursuant to section 54-4006, Idaho Code. (3)  "Compensation" means the payment, loan, advance, donation, contribution, deposit or gift of money or anything of value.

(4)  "Massage school" means a massage therapy educational program that is registered by the state board of education in accordance with chapter 24, title 33, Idaho Code, or comparable authority in another state.

(5)  "Massage therapist" means a person who is licensed under this chapter and who engages in the practice of massage therapy.

(6)  "Massage therapy" means the care and services provided by a massage therapist.

(7)  "Practice of massage therapy" means the application of a system of structured touch, pressure, movement and holding of the soft tissues of the human body. The application may include: (a)  Pressure, friction, stroking, rocking, kneading, percussion, or passive or active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement; (b)  Complementary methods, including the external application of water, heat, cold, lubricants and other topical preparations; or (c)  The use of mechanical devices that mimic or enhance actions that may be done by the hands.

History:[54-4002, added 2012, ch. 261, sec. 1, p. 723.]

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