Alabama Massage Requirements

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 Requirements

Alabama Massage Therapy Board

2777 Zelda Road

Montgomery, AL 36106

Phone Number: (334) 420-7233  Fax: (334) 263-6115


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Alabama Massage Therapy Board

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Application $25.00

Licensing $100.00

Renewal $100.00

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 for further information on Board Certification.  

Alabama Board of Massage Therapy Administrative Code
Chapter 532 X-1

General Chapter Definitions Reference Resource for Massage Requirements 

Alabama Massage Requirements Definitions Chapter 532 X-1 Excerpt

532-X-1-.02 Definitions.

(1) In addition to those definitions contained in Code of Ala.

1975, §34-43-4, the following definitions apply in connection with

these rules.

(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

national organization.

(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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