To get licensed in Maine, massage therapists are required to take a massage exam that covers such subjects as anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology. Whether you live in Bangor, Portland 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 Maine.
Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate may either fulfill an educational requirement or pass an exam to get licensed as a massage therapist in Maine.
If the candidate chooses to get licensed by examination, the candidate needs to pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx).
To get licensed through the educational requirement the candidate needs to complete a training program consisting of no less than 500 clock hours approved by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
Applying for the Massage Exam:
Candidates can apply online to take the MBLEx. More information can be found on the MBLEx in a Candidate Handbook.
Test Content: The MBLEx exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions with four choices provided for each question. Test takers have 110 minutes to complete the computer based exam.
The exam is divided into eight content areas:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Pathology, Contraindications, Areas of Caution, Special Populations
- Benefits and Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
- Client Assessment, Reassessment, & Treatment Planning
- Overview of Massage & Bodywork History/Culture/Modalities
- Ethics, Boundaries, Laws, Regulations
- Guidelines for Professional Practice
How to Apply for the License: Candidates must provide the Department with the following documents: (1) completed application; (2) transcript of completed course of study or verification from the FSMTB of passage of the MBLEx; (2) criminal background check; and (4) current CPR certification. The documents should be sent to:
Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
Phone: (207) 624-8626
Fax: (207) 624-8637
Official MBLEx results must be forwarded directly to the Department from the FSMTB.
Fees: There are fees to apply to become a licensed massage therapist.
Who administers the Massage Test: The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and Pearson Vue.
Applicable Regulations: Massage therapists in Maine are regulated by Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, Chapter 127, Massage Therapists and Administrative Regulations, 02 041, Chapter 300.
For more information on licensing and exam preparation, go to Tests.com’s MBLEx Test Guide and BCETMB Test Guide.
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