The state of Maine requires massage therapists to be licensed to practice massage therapy. Obtaining a license requires 500 hours of coursework, first aid and CPR certification and passing a background check.
There are no formal state requirements to teach massage therapy at an approved Maine massage school, but instructors practicing massage therapy, teaching massage theory courses or supervising clinical hours would need to be licensed as practitioners.
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, CPR/First Aid certification and passing the MBLEX exam. The 500 hours of education at an approved New Jersey massage school must satisfy the core curriculum
- 120 hours of anatomy, physiology and pathology
- 100 hours hands on clinical practice
- Remainder of hours covering massage theory, technique and contraindications
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, and license renewal for massage therapists does not require continuing education hours. Most states require between 12 and 24 hours every 2 years, and that should be a guideline for individuals hoping to apply for a massage therapy instructor position.
The state of Maine 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 Maine if a teacher is teaching massage theory. An initial 2 year license costs $40 plus a $25 application fee and a $21 fee for a background check. After that, licenses must be renewed every 2 years at a cost of $40.