Arizona Massage Requirements

Arizona massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for an individual to become a massage therapist in the state.  In Arizona individuals who practice massage therapy are considered Licensed Massage Therapists and must graduate from a board recognized massage school and pass a board recognized examination.  Arizona enacted its massage practice law in 2003.  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 Arizona Board of Massage Therapy.

Arizona Massage Requirements

Arizona Board of Massage Therapy

1400 West Washington, Suite 300

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone Number: (602) 542-8604

Fax: (602) 542-8804


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Application & Initial License  $195.00

Fingerprint $24.00

Renewal $95.00

Education Requirements:

700 Hours from a board recognized massage therapy school


MBLEx Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards

CEU Requirements: 25 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.  

Arizona Board of Massage Therapy Laws Chapter 42 Massage Therapy 
Chapter Definitions Reference Resource for Arizona Massage Requirements 

Arizona Massage Requirements Chapter 42 Definitions Excerpt

32-4201. Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. "Board" means the board of massage therapy.

2. "Board recognized school" means a school that is any of the following:

(a) Accredited to offer massage therapy education by an agency recognized by the secretary of the United States department of education.

(b) If located in this state, offered by a community college or approved by the state board for private postsecondary education.

(c) If located in another state or a Canadian province, approved by an agency similar to the state board for private postsecondary education.

(d) A joint technical education district program that is offered by a joint technical education district as defined by section 15-391.

3. "Bodywork therapy" means massage therapy.

4. "Massage therapist" means a person who is licensed under this chapter to engage in the practice of massage therapy.

5. "Massage therapy" means the following that are undertaken to increase wellness, relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief and postural improvement or provide general or specific therapeutic benefits:

(a) The manual application of compression, stretch, vibration or mobilization of the organs and tissues beneath the dermis, including the components of the musculoskeletal system, peripheral vessels of the circulatory system and fascia, when applied primarily to parts of the body other than the hands, feet and head.

(b) The manual application of compression, stretch, vibration or mobilization using the forearms, elbows, knees or feet or handheld mechanical or electrical devices.

(c) Any combination of range of motion, directed, assisted or passive movements of the joints.

(d) Hydrotherapy, including the therapeutic applications of water, heat, cold, wraps, essential oils, skin brushing, salt glows and similar applications of products to the skin.

6. "Practice of massage therapy" means the application of massage therapy to any person for a fee or other consideration. Practice of massage therapy does not include the diagnosis of illness or disease, medical procedures, naturopathic manipulative medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine, chiropractic adjustive procedures, homeopathic neuromuscular integration, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, prescription of medicines or the use of modalities for which a license to practice medicine, chiropractic, nursing, occupational therapy, athletic training, physical therapy, acupuncture or podiatry is required by law.

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