To get licensed in Hawaii, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology. Whether you live in Honolulu, Maui, the Big Island or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started on the path to receive your massage license.
Need of a Massage License: A massage therapist needs a license to practice massage therapy in Hawaii.
Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Board of Massage Therapy.
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate needs to complete at least 570 hours of course instruction and training in massage from an approved school or program including:
- 100 hours of massage therapy techniques and theories
- 50 hours of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology
- 420 hours of practical training – this can be satisfied through an apprenticeship program
- CPR certification
The candidate must also pass the Hawaii Massage Therapy Exam that is administered by Prometric testing company.
For more information on qualifications, see Hawaii Massage Therapist Application.
Applying for the Massage Exam:
Candidates can apply to take the Hawaii Massage Therapy Exam online at Prometric.
Test Content: The Hawaii Massage Therapy Exam is a closed-book exam consisting of 100 multiple choice questions. Candidates are given 2 hours to complete the exam.
The exam is divided into 4 content areas:
- Laws and Rules
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Massage Theory
- Clinical Situations
How to Apply for the License: Candidates must provide the Board the following documents: (1) completed application; (2) transcript of completed course of study; (3) criminal background check if you have a prior record ; and (4) copy of unexpired CPR certification card. Candidates must send the documents to:
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Board of Massage Therapy
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Fees: There are fees to apply to become a licensed massage therapist.
License Renewal Requirements: A massage therapist must renew her license every two years.
Applicable Regulations: Massage therapists in Hawaii are governed by HAR Chapter 84 and Chapter 452.
For more information on licensing and exam preparation, go to Tests.com’s MBLEx Test Guide and BCETMB Test Guide.
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