Illinois Massage Licensing, Exam and Certification Details

Illinois MBLEX Massage Exam and Certification Information

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Massage Therapy Licensing and Certification in Illinois - Here you can find data and forms for licensure.

Massage Therapist License Application - Direct link to PDF file with instructions and documents to submit.

Illinois Massage Schools - A list of massage schools in Illinois- Approved school info

Renew online - Use this online license renewal page - 24 CE Credits/ 2 year - Approved CE providers

If you are considering a career in Massage Therapy in the state of Illinois, you will need to be licensed. To become licensed, you must graduate from an Illinois approved massage program consisting of a minimum 500 hours didactic. Upon completion of your massage training, you will need to pass the MBLEx or Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination, which is the accepted state exam.

An excellent method of preparing for the MBLEx is to access the Massage Exam database of over 3500 massage questions. Set up in an interactive format, you can create, take, and review as many exams as you would like during the period of your subscription. Every answer comes complete with a rationale so you are actually learning the material while you are testing. Have a question about the practice massage exams? Just use our massage support desk staffed by licensed and certified massage therapists.

If you are really interested in Illinois Massage Licensing, then you should reference this document which is the state Massage Licensing Act. It has every detail about massage therapy licensing in Illinois. You may also refer to the contact information below.

Web Information
List of schools
Education Requirements
500 Hrs
Massage Therapist MT
Type of Credential
State Law Test
State Practical or Written Exam
Written Exam MBLEx
National Exam Requirement
Initial Cost of License
Require City License
Check Local City & County Business Regulations
Renewal Fee
$175/ 2 years
Liability ins
Credentialed Practitioners

Department of Professional Regulations
320 W. Washington St. 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: 1.888.473.4858


Massage Schools in Illinois



Continuing Education Credits

John A. Logan College

700 Logan College Rd.

Carterville, IL 62918

Carterville 618.985.3741

Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Ave.

Champaign, IL 61821

Champaign 800.346.8089

Cortiva Institute

17 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60602

Chicago 312.253.3333

Marco Polo Schools

4011 West School Ave.

Chicago, IL 60641


Chicago 773.205.5400

New School for Massage Bodywork & Healing

800 North Wells St. #300

Chicago, IL 60610

Chicago 888.461.0114

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

65 East Wacker, 21st Floor

Chicago, IL 60601




Rosel School of Massage Therapy

2446 West Devon Ave.

Chicago, IL 60659

Chicago 773.508.5600

Soma Institute

55 East Jackson Blvd. #300

Chicago, IL 60604

Chicago 800.694.5314

Morton College

3801 South Central Ave.

Cicero, IL 60804

Cicero 708.656.8000

Cortiva Institute

241 Commerce Drive

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crystal Lake 312.253.3333

First Institute

790 McHenry Ave.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crystal Lake 815.828.4336

School of Holistic Massage & Reflexology

515 Ogden Ave. #300

Downers Grove, IL 60515


Downers Grove 630.968.7827

Illinois Central College

1 College Drive

East Peoria, IL 61635


East Peoria 309.694.5422

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartin Drive

Elgin, IL 60123


Elgin 847.697.1000

Zen Shiatsu Chicago

825A Chicago Ave.

Evanston, IL 60202


Evanston 847.864.1130

ASIS College of Lake County

19351 West Washington Street

Grayslake, IL 60030


Grayslake 847.543.2000

Cortiva Institute

3033 W Jefferson Street #105

Joliet, IL

Joliet 630.410.6160

National University of Health Sciences

200 East Roosevelt Rd.

Lombard, IL 60148

Lombard 800.826.6285

Kishwaukee College

21193 Malta Rd.

Malta, IL 60150


Malta 815.825.2072

Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road

Palatine, IL 60067

Palatine 847.925.6685

Moraine Valley Community College

9000 West College Pkwy.

Palos Hills, IL 60465

Palos Hills 708.974.4300

Rockford Career College

1130 South Alpine Rd. #100

Rockford, IL 61108

Rockford 815.965.8616

European Massage Therapy School

4905 Old Orchard Center St. #710

Skokie, IL 60077

Skokie 847.673.7596

University of Spa & Massage Therapy

2913 West White Oaks Dr.

Spingfield, IL 62704


Springfield 217.753.8990

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Rd.

Ullin, IL 62992

Ullin 618.634.3200

ASIS College of Lake County

Southlake Campus

1120 South Milwaukee Ave.

Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Vernon Hills 847.543.6501

Illinois Continuing Education

24 CE Credits Biennially
Requirements & Limitations
List of Choices
Renew on December 31st every Even year
Direct Contact (Live) Illinois Board Approved
Required for Renewal
Remaining 12 hours may be contact or noncontact hours with exam and certificate- 50 min= 1 CE hr
Professional Ethics, Boundaries, or Communication
Required for Renewal
Ethics Bench

Body Mechanics & Self-Care

Not Limited
Self-Care Guru
Business Practices
Not Limited
Business Mastery
Adult CPR/ First Aid Instructor-Led
Direct Contact (Live) or Online
Basic Training
Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Physiology of Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Cultural Competency & Specialized Training
Not Limited
Special Population Techniques
Pathology of the Human Body
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Self-Study: Books, DVD's, Research Materials, & Related Publications
Not Limited
Research Community
Somatic Education
Not Limited
Advanced Instruction Forum
Teacher Training  
Not Limited
Instructor Headquarters
Publishing an Article, Lecture, or Teaching a CE Class about Massage
Limit of 1 article per renewal & First time presentations
Active Service on IL Massage Related Board, Task Force, Committee, or Attending Meetings
1 hour of CE for each Meeting/Day/Hour
Keep Record of Hours & Duties
*CE Sponsors Must be Board Approved
Excess Hours taken may NOT carry over to the next renewal period
No CE requirements for First Renewal
Keep Records of CE Hours
5 Years- Audit Selected at Random Annually

Department of Professional Regulations
320 W. Washington St. 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: 1.888.473.4858


* Board Approved Sponsors & Programs

  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
  • Course offered by Board Approved Massage School
  • Illinois State pre-approval