The state of Indiana requires that massage therapists obtain a licence to practice, which requires 500 hours of education and passing the MBLEX exam. There are no supplemental requirements issued by the state to become a massage therapy instructor at an approved 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 and passing the MBLEX exam. The 500 hours of education at an approved Indiana massage school must include:
- Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
- Massage Theory and Assessment
- Ethics and Business Practices
There are no explicit requirements beyond a license for massage therapy teachers. Most states require at least 2 years of experience in the field before teaching massage therapy, and applicants for massage therapy teaching positions should expect that hiring institutions would prefer at least 2 years experience to consider a candidate.
Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers
Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure does not have a continuing education requirement for renewal.
The state of Indiana 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 Indiana if a teacher is teaching massage theory. An initial 4 year license costs $100. After that, licenses must be renewed every 4 years at a cost of $150.