Massage Therapy Licensure in Florida

Though the Florida State Massage Therapy Association did help to form the first laws and rules regarding massage therapy in Florida, FSMTA does not regulate your license. The FSMTA promotes and protects the massage therapy profession and provides professional services to the members of the association.

The Florida Board of Massage Therapy (FLBOMT) regulates all massage therapy licenses in the state. Below is an overview of the FLBOMT’s Roles and Responsibilities.

The FLBOMT DOES

-Ensure that massage therapists practicing in Florida meet requirements for safe practice, through the licensure process

-Approve Continuing Education courses and massage therapy schools when appropriate

-Enforce the laws regarding the practice of massage therapy (Massage Therapy Practice Act). To review the Massage Therapy Practice Act, visit the Board’s website or call 850-488-0595 to request a copy

-Communicate with therapists and consumers on issues related to regulation and public health associated with massage therapy

-Adopt rules and policies that establish minimum regulatory standards for safe practice and clarify parts of the Massage Therapy Practice Act

The FLBOMT DOES NOT

-Promote the profession of massage therapy. The FLBOMT is not a membership organization for massage therapists. Such organizations are responsible for protecting the profession of massage therapy

-Provide a national certification. The board is not a national certification body. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBMT) is a national certification body, sometimes known as the “certifying board” – their primary focus is in upholding a national standard for the massage therapy industry.  This entity does provide exams that can be used to obtain licensure by the FLBOMT.

-Take any disciplinary action without an investigation of all facts involved in the cases. Therapists charged by the FLBOMT are entitled to a hearing and may hire an attorney to represent them

-Make or change regulation in secret. It is a public process that includes a public hearing and written and oral testimony by the public. A schedule of meeting dates is available on the board website

-Independently change the Florida statutes or the Massage Therapy Practice Act. Only the legislature can make changes to statute.

Board of Massage Therapy
4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 850-488-0595
Fax: 850-921-6184
Email: MQA_Massage[at]doh.state.fl.us
Website: www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/massage

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