Louisiana Massage Therapy Schools & Certification Requirements

Louisiana is known for the hustle and bustle of the New Orleans lifestyle.  Here the culture and food is rich and fun, drawing thousands upon thousands of new massage clients into the state.  If you think you would enjoy embarking on a massage therapy-licensing journey, then Louisiana is the place to do just that.

With a set Board and requirements, you can rest assured that the process will go smoothly and you will soon be on your way to becoming a licensed Louisiana Massage Therapist.  Here there are nearly 2,500 licensed individuals who make their living solely off of the hospitality industry and massages.

Begin your journey towards success and live out your dream of becoming a successful massage therapist today!

Scroll straight to the bottom to see a list of the top massage therapy schools in Louisiana.

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

Louisiana has set requirements for the aspiring massage therapist to meet and complete.  These requirements ask that you complete a certain amount of schooling, licensing and business criteria.  Continuing reading to find out more about the massage industry here in the state of Louisiana.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

The state of Louisiana requires that you obtain at least 500 hours of massage therapy education prior to applying for your massage therapy license.  These 500 hours will include the following topics:

  • 325 hours dedicated to studying massage therapy techniques and clinical,
  • 125 hours studying anatomy and physiology,
  • 50 hours of related massage therapy course work
  • Business and Ethics
  • CPR/First Aid certification

In addition to the 500-hour curriculum requirement, you must also receive a passing score on the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

There are several approved massage therapy schools that provide the required curriculum for your massage therapy license.  The following is a list of these schools and programs along with their contact information.

Blue Cliff College
1505 Metro Drive #1
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: 800-499-7293

Medical Training College
10525 Plaza Americana Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: 225-926-5820

Blue Cliff College
803 Barrow Street
Houma, LA 70360
Phone: 800-511-9506

Blue Cliff College
100 Asma Blvd. #350
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: 800-514-2609

Unitech Training Academy
3605 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: 337-988-6764

LA Institute of Massage Therapy
3750 Nelson Road
Lake Charles, LA
Phone: 337-474-3737
Email: info@LaMassageSchool.com

Blue Cliff College
3200 Cleary Avenue
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: 800-517-8176

Career Technical College
2319 Louisville Avenue
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: 318-323-2889

Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: 504-762-3144

Blue Cliff College
8731 Park Plaza Drive
Shreveport, LA 71105
Phone: 800-516-6597

Career Technical College
1227 Shreveport Barksdale Hwy.
Shreveport, LA 71105
Phone: 318-323-2889

Unitech Training Academy
111 Crosley St. Suite #4
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: 318-651-8001

Licensing/Certification Requirements

In order to become a licensed massage therapist in the state of Louisiana, you will need to fully complete the application and the application process.  In addition to your application you will also be asked to submit the following documentation:

  • Complete and submit a Louisiana Licensure Application for Board consideration.  The application must be submitted with a signed and notarized Affidavit of Application.
  • Submit a $75 application fee.  This fee must be paid by either check or money order made payable to “LBMT”.
  • A criminal background check.
  • You must submit official education transcripts.  This includes high school level education as well as massage therapy program transcripts.  All transcripts must be sent from the school directly to the Board.
  • Proof and scores of taking and successfully passing one of the national exams.
  • A current 2×2” passport size photo of yourself on photo paper.

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

The Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy is the primary governing agency that oversees and regulates the licensing process for all massage therapists in the state of Louisiana.  Should you need to contact the Board, please consider the following contact information:

Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
2645 O’Neal Lane
Building C, Suite E
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: 225-756-3488
Fax: 225-756-3493
Email: admin@labmt.org

Requirements to Start A Massage Business in Louisiana (Massage Establishment License)

Starting your massage business in Louisiana takes a lot of initiative and hard work.  The state requires you to take several actions, which include some of the following factors:

  • Choosing the right business structure
  • Writing your business plan
  • Creating and registering your business
  • Naming your business
  • Obtaining tax information and an ID number
  • Checking zoning requirements
  • Obtaining a business license

In addition to the above-mentioned business related actions, the Board also requires you to apply for an Establishment License.  That form can be found by following the link provided here.

This license is required if there are more than one licensed massage therapists practicing in one location.  The cost of applying for an Establishment License is $100 every year and it must be renewed each year on March 31st.

Massage License Renewal Process

The renewal period is every year during January 1st to March 31st.  Any renewal applications sent prior to January 1st or after March 31st will not be accepted for renewal.  As of January 1st, 2013, the Board will not be mailing out renewal notices, instead you will be receiving an email reminder.

To renew your license you must do so by filling out the renewal application found here.  This physical application may be mailed directly to the Board.  If you would prefer, there is also a renewal online process that you may utilize, which can be accessed by visiting this link.

To accompany your application, a $125 renewal fee will be required.  If your renewal application is late (after March 31st), a late fee of $100 will be added to your total fee amount.

In addition to applying for renewal, the state of Louisiana requires that you complete a total of 12 continuing education hours during the year.  If you take more than 12 hours, these hours may not be applied to the next year (no rollover continuing education credits allowed).

Massage License Reciprocity

If you have a license from a state or jurisdiction other than Louisiana, then you may be eligible for reciprocity.  Check with the Board directly about the limits and requirements for applying by endorsement.  You may need to prove verification of your license and educational background depending on where you are moving from.

Note: Specific personnel information, office addresses, fees, payments etc. may change over time. Although we do our best to keep this site up to date, please ensure you contact the state board to obtain the most recent information at the time of your application.

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Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

2 comments on “Louisiana Massage Therapy Schools & Certification Requirements
  1. I have an Associate degree in CIS, which I also took a lot of business administration classes along with that. I am interested in taking an online course’s until the hands on portion is necessary. I am interested in owning my own business so I would want to be the Certified Massage Therapist. Also is training available for facials?

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