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Professional FAQ

Can I call the Board office to change my address?

All licensed massage therapists and applicants must notify the Board of any change of residence, business, email or mailing address within 30 days of change of address [OAR 34-010-0025(7)].

This request must be in writing and may be done by mailing, faxing, or e-mailing (obmt.info@state.or.us). Please do not call the office

How many hours of continuing education are required?

25 hours of continuing education are required at renewal time. It must be completed during that license period with the exception of contact hours which may be carried over for one renewal. Continuing education requirements do not apply to a massage therapist's first renewal. For complete information see rule OAR 334-010-0050 and the Continuing Education Submittal Form.

Please see the renewal schedule and CE Submittal form for further clarification. 
 
How do I know if a course qualifies for continuing education credit?

For complete information see rule OAR 334-010-0050 and the Continuing Education Submittal Form. 
 
Where do I go for continuing education?

For complete information see rule OAR 334-010-0050 and the Continuing Education Submittal Form. What are the hourly requirements to be eligible for examination for an Oregon massage license?

Oregon requires 500 hours of education to be broken down into 200 hours of health sciences and must include Anatomy and Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology and the remaining 300 hours must be comprised of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Sanitation, Communication, and Ethics. If you meet the educational requirements, you would need to take the Oregon Practical Exam and either the NCBTMB exam or the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards MBLEx exam. If you have already passed either of these written exams, a photocopy of your results will satisfy that requirement.  

The board does not recognize work experience in lieu of education. If you were found to be lacking any educational hours or subject matter, you would need to obtain that additional education before being able to sit for the practical exam.

You can obtain your education through as many schools as you wish, as long as you are taking certified classes.

Per OAR 334-001-0060 (8) "Certified Class" means a class that is approved by the board and is offered (a) By a person or institution licensed as a career school under ORS 345.010 to 345.450; or (b) By a community college approved by the Department of Education; or (c) In another state and licensed or approved by the appropriate agency in that state.
 
For detailed information, look on our licensing page.   

If I passed the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the MBLEx written exam, will I be able to get an Oregon massage license?

The Board will accept one of the following approved written exams; the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), OR either the Therapeutic Massage (TM) or the Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (TMB) exams administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
  
Please note that passage of one of these examinations only meets the written examination requirements. Applicants will still need to take and pass the Oregon practical examination, unless they qualify for state endorsement.
 
For detailed information, look on our licensing page. 


What about reciprocity and endorsement? License by State Endorsement
 
State Endorsement applications are reviewed on an individual basis.  The Board may grant a license by Endorsement without further examination to applicants who are currently licensed in another state.  The state’s licensing requirements must be equivalent to or exceed Oregon’s.  The applicant must have passed a written and practical examination, administered by the licensing authority, which is equivalent to or exceeds Oregon’s. Verification from the licensing agency and a copy of the current license must be submitted with application. Very few states qualify for State Endorsement.  The following is a list of the only jurisdictions that might qualify for State Endorsement: 
  
  United States

 

  • Arkansas, if you took the state-administered practical exam
  • New Hampshire, if you took the state-administered practical exam
  • North Dakota, if you took the state-administered practical exam
  • Washington State, if you took the state-administered practical exam

  Canada

  • Newfoundland & Labrador
  • Ontario
  • Vancouver BC

To apply for Examination print and submit the following forms.

License by Health Endorsement
The Board may grant a license by Health Endorsement, after successful completion of examinations, to applicants who currently hold an Oregon license in an approved health related field.  The applicant must provide transcripts for 300 hours of Massage Theory and Practical Application, Clinical Practice, Business Development, Communication, Ethics, and Sanitation.   A copy of the current license and verification from the licensing agency must be submitted with the application.  The following is a list of the professions that qualify:  

  • MD
  • ND
  • DC
  • PT
  • OT
  • RN
  • LPN
  • LAC

Assistants to these professions DO NOT qualify for Health Endorsement.  (E.g. CCA, PTA, CNA)
 
For detailed information, look on our licensing page.  

 

Do I need to have CPR and First Aid certificates to qualify for examination or for renewal of my license?

First Aid is not a requirement for examination, initial licensure or renewal. CPR is required to examination, initial licensure and renewal.  

What is the current fee schedule?

334-010-0033
Fees
(1) The fees are: 
      (a) $100 per biennial renewal for initial license;
     
(b) $50 per biennial renewal for initial license under 12 months;
      (c) $150 per biennial renewal for active license;
      (d) $50 per biennial renewal for inactive license;
      (e) $25 per week, up to a maximum of $250, for any late renewal;
      (f) $50 for exam/endorsement application processing;
      (g) $150 for each practical examination;
      (h) $100 for mailing list; 
      (i) $10 for license reprint;
      (j) $10 for license verification;
      (k) $250 Credentialing Review;
      (l) Current Oregon State Police Criminal Background Check Fee; and
      (m) other administrative fees as allowed by law.
(2) Application and licensure fees are non refundable
(3) Examination fees are refunded only when requested in writing and either:
     
(a) the applicant is unqualified by Oregon statutes, or
     
(b) applicant requests refund postmarked at least 7 days prior to the exam.