Alabama massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for an individual to become a massage therapist in the state. In Alabama individuals who practice massage therapy are considered Licensed Massage Therapists and must graduate from a board approved school and pass a board approved examination. A business must obtain a Massage Establishment License and hire Licensed Massage Therapists in order to offer the service of massage.
In order to operate a massage school Alabama massage requirements include application for massage school and approval to operate a massage school within Alabama. In order to instruct massage students at a massage school Alabama massage requirements include application for massage school instructor. 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 Alabama Board of Massage Therapy.
Alabama Massage Therapy Board
2777 Zelda Road
Montgomery, AL 36106
Phone Number: (334) 420-7233 Fax: (334) 263-6115
To See Alabama State Laws & Rules go to:
Education Requirements: 650 Hours from an approved massage therapy school
Exam: Federation of Association of Massage Therapy Boards examination the MBLEx.
CEU Requirements: 16 Hours Biennially
Page last Updated June 16, 2015
The National Certification Examination for State 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 NCBTMB.org for further information on Board Certification.
Alabama Massage Requirements Definitions Chapter 532 X-1 Excerpt
(1) In addition to those definitions contained in Code of Ala.
1975, §34-43-4, the following definitions apply in connection with
(a) “Act” refers to 1996 Ala. Act No. 96-661.
(b) “Course” is any outline or play of study, or portion of a plan
or program of instruction involving the imparting of knowledge,
skills, or attitudes for the purpose of preparing the individual
for gainful employment in an occupation nor vocation, or continuing
the individual’s education in said occupation or vocation, whether
conducted in person, by mail, or by any other method.
(c) “Curriculum” is a group of organized programs.
(d) “Deny” is to refuse the issuance of a license
upon initial application review or upon license renewal review.
(e) “Establishment” is a site, premises, business or operation
where massage therapy is practiced by a licensed massage therapist.
Any massage therapy business which engages in or carries on, as the
whole or part of its services, the practice of massage therapy not
at a fixed location but at a location designated by the customer,
client, or service, is an on-site or out-call massage therapy
(f) “Examination” as approved by the Board and is offered by a
(g) “Massage Therapist” is a person licensed under this Act who
practices massage therapy or touch modalities upon a patron of
either gender for compensation, working to alleviate pain, reduced
stress, and instigate the normalization of the soft tissue,
muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue of the patron. A
massage therapist shall not be designated as a “massage parlor”
(h) “Massage Therapy” is the profession in which the practitioner
applies massage techniques and related touch therapy modalities
with the intention of positively affecting the health and well
being of the client as defined in the Act. Massage Therapy does not
include diagnosis except to the extent of determining whether
massage therapy is indicated. Massage Therapy may be applied in
response to physician, osteopathic, chiropractic, podiatric, or
other prescription by a licensed practitioner in that field acting
within the scope of his or her profession.
(i) “Native American Healer” is a person who can establish by
information, contained on his or her birth certificate, by tribal
records or by other reliable records, that he or she is an American
Indian or Alaskan Native, having origins in any of the original
peoples of North America, as definite in Code of Ala. 1975, Section
25-1-10, and who practices traditional healing techniques.
(j) “School” is any institution, agency, business, or organization
offering or administering a plan, course, or curriculum for the
purpose of preparing individuals for gainful employment in an
occupation, vocation, or continuing education of individuals in
their occupation or vocation, whether conducted in person, by mail,
or by any other method.
(k) “Supervised Massage” is the viewing or monitoring of a student
demonstrating hands-on massage therapy by a licensed massage
therapy instructor of Alabama licensed massage therapist.
(l) “Student of Massage Therapy” is any person currently enrolled
in an Alabama massage therapy school program approved by the Board.
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