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Massage Exam, License and Certification Information by State

Washington Massage Regulatory Board and Exam Licensure Process

Massage News
NCBTMB and FSMTB have reached an Agreement. NCBTMB will no longer accept applications to utilize their Licensing exams effective November 1, 2014 for completion February 1, 2015. The MBLEx will be the sole licensing exam for the Massage Profession, this will facilitate portability and standardization for Massage Therapists.

Washington Health Professions Quality Assurance Board of Massage - regulated by the Department of Health.

Application- for licensure to practice massage in Washington. Take your Jurisprudence Exam online. Check status of your application. Sign up to receive email updates from the WA Massage Board.

Laws for Certification in Reflexology. **Effective July 1st 2013**

- Credential Application- 200 hours of instruction and a passing score on the Reflexologist Certification Exam- American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB). To be grandfathered in (July 1st 2014), you will need to have practiced Reflexology for 5 years prior to July 1st 2013. When you are a Llicensed Massage Practitioner (LMP) you're able to practice reflexology without getting a reflexology certification.

Washington Massage Schools - A list of massage schools in Washington Approved Schools

A minimum of 500 hours from an accredited school is required to obtain a Massage Therapist license. The State also requires a jurisprudence (Law) exam (located online) along with proof of passing the MBLEx, administered by the FSMTB, at Pearson Vue testing centers. will help you prepare for your end-of-term exams and the licensing exam. If you plan to have dual licenses for Washington and Oregon, our site will help you with the Oregon Exam and Practical as well. Our database of over 3500 questions in massage application, massage assessment, body systems, pathology, business ethics, kinesiology, anatomy and physiology will help review your massage curriculum. You will have access any time, day and night. Each graded question is accompanied by a rationale that explains the information in the question and answer and includes the ability to review every test you take on your Results Page.

***** Renewal & Application Fee Changes ****

*** CE Changes: On January 1, 2010, new rules on continuing education (CE) went into effect. FAQ ** Changed to 24 CE/ 2 years

Page Updates 5.18.16

Web Information
List of accredited schools
Education Requirements
500 Hrs
Licensed Massage Practitioner LMP
Type of Credential
State Law Test
Laws, Rules & Regulations - Open book Exam
State Practical or Written Exam
Written Exam-MBLEx
National Exam Requirement
24/ 2 years ** CE Changes**
Initial Cost of License
Require City License

Check Local City & County Business Regulations

Renewal Fee
$81/ year
Liability ins
Credentialed Practitioners

Washington State Board of Massage
PO BOX 47877
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: 360-236-4700
Fax: 360-664-9077


Massage Schools in Washington




Denton Massage School

426 North Olympia Ave.

Arlington, WA 98223

Arlington 360.435.8490

Bellevue Massage School

15921 NE 8th #106-C

Bellevue, WA 98008


Bellevue 425.641.3409

Whatcom Community College

237 West Kellogg Rd.

Bellingham, WA 98226

Bellingham 360.383.3000

Northwest School of Animal Massage

Fall City, WA 98024

Fall City 425.222.3703

Cortiva Institute

2030 SOUTH 314th Street

Federal Way, WA 98003


Federal Way 253.237.5301

Tri-City School of Massage

26 East Third Ave

Kennewick, WA 99336


Kennewick 509.586.6434

Northwest School of Massage

13033 NE 70th Place

Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland 866.713.1212

Clover Park Technical College

4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW

Lakewood, WA 98499

Lakewood 253.589.5800

Spectrum Center School of Massage

12506 18th St. NE #1

Lake Stevens, WA 98258


Lake Stevens 425.334.5409

Ananda Massage Training

6505 218th Street SW #15

Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Mountlake Terrace 360.301.6260

Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage

2401 Bristol Court SW #103-B

Olympia, WA 98502

Olympia 800.615.5594

Center for World Indigenous Studies

1015 4th Ave. West #A&B

Olympia, WA 98502

Olympia 360.586.0656

Port Townsend School of Massage

1071 Landes Court

Port Townsend, WA 98368


Port Townsend 360.379.4066

Ancient Arts Massage School

1319 Lee Blvd.

Richland, WA 99352

Richland 509.943.9589

Everest College

2111 N. Northridge Way #218

Seattle, WA 98133

Seattle 206.440.3090

Northwest Academy of Healing Arts

2707 California Ave. SW #201

Seattle, WA 98116


Seattle 206.932.5950

Carrington College

10102 E. Knox Ave., Suite 200
Spokane, WA 99206

Spokane 877.206.2106

Inland Massage Institute

775 East Holland Ave. #110

Spokane, WA 99218

Spokane 509.465.3033

Spokane Community College

1810 North Greene St.

Spokane, WA 99217

Spokane 509.533.7000

Everest College

2156 Pacific Ave.

Tacoma, WA 98402

Tacoma 253.926.1435

Institute of Structural Medicine

103 Ross Rd.

Twisp, WA 98856

Twisp 509.997.9392

Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage

7723 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. Van Mall Sq.

Vancouver, WA 98662

Olympia 360.350.0015


Washington Continuing Education

24 CE Credits Biennially Hours Requirements & Limitations
List of Choices
Ethics, Communication, State Laws & Regulations 4 Required for Renewal Ethics Bench
*- Professional Roles & Boundaries
2 Must be in the 4 hour Ethics requirement
Ethics Bench
Direct (Live) Supervised Training 8 Required for Renewal
Remaining 12 hours from any of the following
Self-Care   Not Limited
Self-Care Guru
Business & Marketing 8 Minimum Allowed
Business Mastery
Adult CPR/ First Aid   Not Limited
Basic Training
HIV/ AIDS Training   Not Limited
Basic Training
Specialized Training   Not Limited
Special Population Techniques
Distance Learning 12 Minimum Allowed
CE Catalog
Books, Research Materials, & Related Publications 2 Minimum Allowed
Research Community
Multimedia Devices 12 Minimum Allowed
CE Catalog
Teaching a CE Class 8 Minimum Allowed
Active Service on a Massage Related Board or Committee 12 Minimum Allowed
Keep Record of Hours & Duties
Advanced Knowledge   Not Limited Advanced Instruction Forum
Teacher Training   Not Limited Instructor Headquarters
Keep Records of CE Hours 5 Years

Washington State Board of Massage
PO BOX 47877
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: 360-236-4700
Fax: 360-664-9077



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