The state of Georgia requires that all massage therapy instructors have a massage therapy license and at least 2 years or 2000 hours of professional experience before beginning their career as an instructor at an approved Georgia massage therapy school.
Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors
Massage instructors teaching massage technique or theory courses are required to have a massage license, which requires 500 hours of massage education, a background check and passing the MBLEX exam.
The 500 hours of education at an approved Georgia massage school are not specifically outlined, but should include:
- Massage Theory and Technique
- Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
- Massage Business and Ethics
The state of Georgia requires that massage therapy teachers have a minimum of 2 years or 2000 hours of professional experience before they begin teaching at an approved Georgia Massage Therapy School.
Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers
Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every two years.
The state of Georgia does not explicitly require its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance. Given that insurance costs are relatively low, and risk can be potentially high, it is a good idea to carry insurance even though it is not required.
Liability insurance is available through a massage professional organization, such as AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) or ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals). AMTA’s professional membership explicitly includes insurance for massage professionals working as classroom teachers.
There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in Georgia if a teacher is teaching massage theory. An initial 2 year license costs $125. After that, licenses must be renewed every 2 years at a cost of $75, plus the cost of at least 24 hours of continuing education.