Hawaii Massage Therapist License Exam

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.

 And take Tests.com’s Massage Therapist Practice Tests:

 MBLEx Practice Test

 BCETMB Practice Test

For massage therapy exam preparation products, such as study guides, flashcards and courses, go to Tests.com’s MBLEx and BCETMB listings.

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.

Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.

Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.

Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.

Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)