Idaho Massage Therapist License
To get licensed in Idaho, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology. Whether you live in Boise, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Coeur d’Alene or another city or town, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your massage license.
Need of a Massage License: A massage therapist needs a license to practice massage therapy in Idaho.
Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Board of Massage Therapy.
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate needs to graduate from an approved massage school and have completed a minimum of 500 hours of in-class training. The candidate must also pass the MBLEx.
For more information on qualifications, see Idaho Massage Therapist.
Applying for the Massage Exam: Candidates can apply online to take the MBLEx. More information can be found on the MBLEx in a Candidate Handbook.
MBLEx Test Content: The MBLEx exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions with four choices provided for each question. Test takers have 110 minutes to complete the computer-based exam.
The exam is divided into eight content areas:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution, Special Populations
- Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
- Client Assessment, Reassessment, & Treatment Planning
- Overview of Massage & Bodywork History/Culture/Modalities
- Ethics, Boundaries, Laws, Regulations
- Guidelines for Professional Practice
How to Apply for the License: Candidates must provide the Board the following documents: (1) completed application; (2) certified transcripts of completed course of study; and (3) verification from MBLEx of passage of the exam. Candidates must also submit a fingerprint card and state and national criminal record check. The documents should be sent to:
Idaho State Board of Massage Therapy
Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063
Phone: (208) 334-3233
Fees: There are fees to apply to become a licensed massage therapist.
Who administers the test: The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and Pearson Vue.
License Renewal Requirements: A massage therapist must renew their license every year. Renewal applications are mailed six weeks prior to the license expiration date.
Applicable Regulations: Massage therapists in Idaho are regulated by Title 54: Professions, Vocations and Businesses; Chapter 40: Massage Therapists.
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Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):
Anatomy & Physiology
Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
Professional Practice Guidelines