The easiest way to keep your massage license active is to not let it expire in the first place. For massage license holders, you must take the necessary continuing education each year and submit the evidence to the board in your state to maintain your license. Each state has a different requirement in terms of the number of continuing education credits you need each year.
That said, it is simply not reasonable for many non practicing massage therapists to continue to keep their license active, but that’s ok. Renewing or reinstating an expired massage license is easier than it seems.
In a nutshell, you take the continuing education courses you need, you pay a renewal fee, provide evidence of continuing education and you are back in business. There may be slight nuances from one state board to another, but the requirements and procedures are generally the same across the country.
The number of continuing education credits you need are listed on the state board’s website. In most cases, you will NOT have to retake the massage certification exam in your state, unless a significant amount of time has passed since your massage license was last active. Another exception could be if the state board change’s its rules for maintaining certification.
Here is what you do to reactivate your massage license:
Go to your state board’s website and see if there is a place where you can type in your massage license number. Many state board websites allow you to find out the status of your license by simply typing in the number.
This step will confirm the status of your license. Do not automatically assume that your license is expired just because you haven’t renewed it in recent years. Remember that rules can change at any time, and sometimes you benefit from such changes.
Finally, prepare and send the evidence of continuing education along with the renewal fee to the address listed on the state board. Some states may require a form to be filled out as well, which will also be available on the state board’s website.
That’s it. Wait for the state board’s reply back and act accordingly. In most cases, these steps will suffice in reinstating your massage license. In rare instances, states may require that you take the licensing exam again. Some other exceptions include a blemish on your personal record (hopefully you don’t have anything serious on your record).
If you are an aspiring massage therapist and wondering if you will lose all the time and money you’ve invested in your education and profession, fret not. Renewing a massage license is not very difficult. Simply follow the process outlined above and you’ll be back in business in no time.
And if you are planning on relocating to another state, ensure that you read about the massage license transfer or reciprocity requirements as you will likely have to satisfy the requirements of the new state you will be moving to.