Montana established state wide licensing of massage therapists in 2005. The state requires 500 hours of education at an approved massage therapy school as well as passing the MBLEX massage exam to receive a license. There are no additional requirements from the state to teach massage therapy in Montana.
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 and passing the MBLEX exam. The curriculum is set by the state in their curriculum guidelines, and requires:
- 200 hours of instructor supervised massage assessment, theory and application
- 125 hours of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
- 40 hours of pathology
- 10 hours in business and ethics
- 125 hours of electives
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, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 12 hours every 2 years.
The state of Montana 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 Montana if a teacher is teaching massage theory. An initial 2 year license costs $140, with a $90 renewal fee every 2 years.