Vermont Requirements to Enroll in Massage Therapy Schools

The cost of living in Vermont is high, so the fact that Vermont does not require licensing is not necessarily a guarantee that you will be able to build up a practice there.  However, if you’re good at it you can always try and shine.

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


Vermont does not have a statewide regulatory massage therapy board in place; however, if you are interested in pursuing a massage therapy education, then you may want to study and take a national licensing exam after completing your education.

Another option may include looking into the requirements that are needed in bordering states (such as New York, New Hampshire and Massachusetts) in order to take the required courses for massage therapy licensing in these particular states.

Schooling Details and Requirements (Credit Hours)

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMC) offers a qualifying test that is required in many states.  If you wish to become voluntarily certified through this program, then follow the link provided here to learn more – NCBTMB .

By becoming certified, you can then register with this site so that people in Vermont seeking a certified therapist will be able to find you.

Licensure Qualifying Programs

The Vermont chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is currently pursuing regulations for those who wish to become massage therapists in the state of Vermont.  As it stands, Vermont is the only New England State that does not have any regulations for this particular industry.

However, if you choose to practice massage therapy in Vermont, be aware that you must still abide by the laws of the United States.  It has been stated by the American Massage Therapy Association that all members of Vermont who choose to practice massage therapy must do so within their “Scope of Practice.”

Under the American Massage Therapy Association, the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) has recommended to the legislature that no licensing be required in Vermont.  For now, the state of Vermont recommends that if you choose to practice here, you undergo the tests and education required by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Licensing/Certification Requirements

No massage therapy licensing requirements are needed in the state of Vermont.

Key Agencies/Boards involved and their contact information

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has its own chapter in the state of Vermont.  If you wish to understand more about the chapter, regulations and upcoming legislative processes regarding certification, you can access the website by clicking here.

Once you have become an established massage therapist in the state of Vermont, you may post an ad on the AMTA-Vermont website advertising your qualifications for as little as $10.

There are several professional associations that you as a massage therapist can belong to.  A note: The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is the largest professional organization of its kind.

You may find them by following the provided link: ABMP.  Also be sure to check out the National Association of Massage Therapists (NAMT) by visiting their website.  You can join online and discover all of the benefits that a national and credited professional association can offer to you as a massage therapist.

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

Many states of the United Sates are members of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.  You can find out about the different licensing exams at this site and learn more about your profession and where you can obtain continuing education.

Although continuing education is not required in Vermont, it is an important tool in most professions for keeping massage therapist practitioners up-to-date on current trends and laws.  You can find out more about The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards at this link: F.S.M.T.B.

Additionally, you should check your local city or county regulations for massage business license requirements.  Many counties require businesses to register their names at the county courthouse in the Assumed Name Index.

Massage License Renewal Process

Because the state of Vermont does not require a massage therapy license, there is no need for renewal of your license.

Massage License Reciprocity

Any practitioner from any state is welcome to come to Vermont and open up a massage therapy business.  Not having a licensing and certification requirement, however, might indicate that the competition will be increased here in the state of Vermont.

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+

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2 comments on “Vermont Requirements to Enroll in Massage Therapy Schools
  1. Marnie says:

    Can I start gaining hours for certification in VT thru online course?

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