Oregon Massage Schools, Certification & Requirements

As you pursue your Massage Therapy License in the state of Oregon, be sure to follow all of the rules and regulations set for you by Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.

Here it is very easy to obtain an education, making the process towards licensing much easier.  Additionally, the fees in Oregon to apply and become a massage therapist are not very high compared to other states in America.

In this article you will find the answers to many of your questions regarding massage schools, examinations, licensing and other necessary information to obtain your massage therapy license in the state of Oregon.

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

Brief Summary of the Main Highlights

In order for you to become a massage therapist in the state of Oregon, you must meet certain education, examination and additional licensing requirements set by the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists.

There are set standards, rules, guidelines and minimal requirements that are created for everyone to meet.  There will be no exceptions, so please be sure that you read and follow directions very carefully as you pursue your massage therapy license here in Oregon.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

To qualify for becoming a massage therapist in the state of Oregon, you must meet the education requirements set by the Board.  Additionally, you must pass the current Oregon Practical Exam and other Board approved written exams.  As for the required educational hours, you must obtain a minimum of 500 in-class instructional hours, as well as training and hands-on experience.

This 500-hour requirement consists of 200 hours of health sciences (Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology and Kinesiology), as well as 300 hours of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Communication, Ethics and Sanitation.  These hours must be obtained and approved prior to you taking the Practical Exam.

For you to apply for your massage therapy license by examination, follow the link provided here to print and fill out the necessary forms to continue towards obtaining your license.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists does not list qualified programs so it is up to you as the student to verify that your school of choice is teaching the curriculum required.  Below is a list of some of the accredited and approved schools for you to consider:

Licensing/Certification Requirements

For you to become fully licensed in the state of Oregon, you must first meet the educational requirements, pass the current Oregon Practical Exam, and pass a Board Approved Written Exam. You can access the forms handbook by clicking the link provided here: Application Handbook

Additionally, please be aware that there is a $50 application fee and a $150 examination fee.

Key Agencies / Boards involved and their contact information

The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists is the responsible organization for regulating and governing the practice of massage in the state of Oregon alone.

This particular board provides licensing, continuing education requirements, promotes education and administers tests for you and other aspiring massage therapists in the state.

The Board values accessibility, accountability, collaboration, communication and integrity within the massage industry in the state.  Their vision is dedicated towards an ongoing relationship with you as the massage therapist and the public as a whole.

If you would like to contact the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists, please refer to the following information provided below:

The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists

748 Hawthorne Avenue NE

Salem, OR 97301

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Phone: 503-365-8657

Fax: 503-385-4465


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

In Oregon, you will find that some cities require a facility fee prior to you establishing your massage therapy business.  There is an application that you must fill out and submit to the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists prior to opening your massage establishment.

If you are interested in finding out more, please visit the link provided for opening a massage business in the state of Oregon: Facility Permit App.  If you choose to pursue this application, please be aware that there is a $50 application fee for processing.

There are specific rules regarding facilities and sanitation for operating a business from home, if you choose to do so.  However, it is your responsibility as the applicant to determine whether you are required to obtain a business license to work from home.

Massage License Renewal Process

If your license expires in October, November, or December you can renew your license online.  If this is the case, you can click the provided link to take you to the online renewal page: Online Renewal.

Otherwise, use this link to apply for a renewal and to declare your continuing education credits: Renewal and CE Hours.  The renewal fee is $100 and you must renew your massage therapy license at least every other year.

If this is your first renewal period, the continuing education hours are waived.  Everyone else will need 25 hours with a minimum of 12 contact or hands-on hours.  If taken with an instructor, CPR classes count as contact hours.  Online courses are acceptable for non-contact hours.

Massage License Reciprocity

State Endorsement applications are reviewed on an individual basis and may be granted without further examination to applicants who are currently licensed in another state. The state’s licensing requirements must be equivalent to or exceed that of Oregon’s.

You must have passed a written and practical examination, which must be equivalent to or exceed the requirements set by the state of Oregon. Verification from the licensing agency and a copy of your current license must be submitted with the application. However, Oregon currently recognizes very few state programs.

Here is a list of the top massage therapy schools near you. We have an arrangement with all of them that allow you to request information for FREE. Please do so and take that first step toward a better future.

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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+

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8 comments on “Oregon Massage Schools, Certification & Requirements
  1. Yoav says:


    I am about to start massage therapy school in waimea, Hawaii.

    I come to oregon often, so I want I make sure that it will be easy for me to transfer my liscence.

    The school is called Hokulani massage academy. I was planning to study with them all the anatomy, physiology and massage required classes (150 hours), and then do my practicum as an apprentice with an experienced LMT, about 430 hours hands on required I believe…

    What steps will I have to take, once licensed, yo ensure I can also work in oregon?

    Thank you so much for your help,


    • Neal Lyons says:

      Generally speaking, States want you to have the same amount of training/requirements satisfied as it would require its own residents to meet. If you are transferring you will have to provide your credentials to the evaluation board in Oregon and apply for reciprocity. Moving to a State with less stringent requirements is easier. If a State has more requirements, you will need to take the necessary steps to fill the gaps. Some States however consider the years of practical experience you have and can make exceptions based on this.

  2. Kristine Gosson says:

    Good morning. I am currently licensed in Washington state and work at a massage envy on the east side. I have moved into Beaverton Oregon and want to have a license in Oregon as well. I understand that in order to obtain my license in Oregon I will need my unopened transcripts, the problem I am having is, I am not sure which way to go, my college went bankrupt and is no longer around. I have been working in Washington for just under 8 years now, is it possible to transfer my license into Oregon? I ultimately would like to keep my Washington license as well. Thank you so very much for your time

    • Neal Lyons says:

      Kristine – sorry to hear. I can understand how frustrating the logistics can be. We have seen State boards make exceptions in such situations from time to time. You will have to articulate your situation in a letter and include a copy of your degree to show that schooling has been completed. What will also help is some language / letter from the WA State board attesting to the existence and rigor of the school when it was in existence. What you are essentially doing is building a case to support your request. The more alternative documentation and support you can provide the better.

  3. Becky Teacutter says:

    I am currently licensed in the state of Texas. Will I have to take the practical exam to apply for reciprocity in Oregon?

  4. Tam says:

    I am attending massage school in California but have to move to Oregon unexpectedley before I will be able to finish my hours. Will I be able to roll over those hours completed to a school in Oregon?

    • Neal Lyons says:

      mostly yes, but the best way to ensure is work with the school you are transferring to and ask them to do a comparison of courses taken vs what they require for course completion. much of this is dictated by the state board.

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