As you make a decision to embark on a career as a massage therapist, it is important to know and understand the process of actually becoming a licensed massage therapist. Licensing requirements differ state by state and is often presided over by a division of the state government. In the state of Colorado, massage therapists are required to complete at least 600 hours of training. Sometimes there may be specific requirements about how these hours are spent such as: hands-on practicum, in-class or online, etc.
Upon completion of your 600 hour program, you will need to be prepared to pass one of two exams, the NCETMB or MBLEx exams in order to apply for a State Massage Therapy Registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Along with this application to be registered by the state, you will need to have a criminal background check completed.
Consider the cost of tuition and other expenses including: textbooks, massage table and linens, lotion, licensing and exam fees and other start-up expenses.
Finally, start to figure out where you would like to work as a licensed massage therapist. More and more, massage therapists are finding work in a wide variety of locations – from spas and salons to doctor’s offices. You will need to become aware of how you would like to serve your potential clients. And make sure it comes from a place that truly resonates with your core beliefs as a provider of a deeply healing a nourishing practice.