The state of Nevada licenses massage therapists, and requires that they go through 500 hours of education at an approved massage school, pass the MBLEX national licensing exam as well as a background check. They do not have additional certification requirements in order to teach massage therapy at a massage therapy school.
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, as well as passing a background check. The specific curriculum requirements during those 500 hours are not specified by the state, but schools must receive state approval before operation.
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 continuing education hours every 2 years.
The state of Nevada 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 Nevada if a teacher is teaching massage theory. An initial two year license costs $380, which includes a $5 application request form, $100 application fee, $150 license fee and a $125 background check fee.
It is important to note that the state of Nevada has an exceptionally long application process, and though their application is simple, they will require 3-5 months to review a candidates application and grant a license.