Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a massage therapist?

You must complete 500 hours of massage therapy school and pass the National Certification Examination (prior to November 1, 2014) or the Federation of States Exam for Massage Therapy (MBLEx). Once you have done that, you may submit your application with the requested information and the appropriate fee.

Once I become licensed, what is required to renew the license?

When a license is initially obtained, you will receive the expiration date for that licensing period as everyone receives the same universal expiration date. The license will need to be renewed the following renewal cycle. Licenses are renewed every even year at which time 12 hours of continuing education must be obtained. Continuing education is waived for the first renewal.

How do I know what type of continuing education classes I need to take?

You may take any class which is approved by one of the national associations, approved massage therapy schools or persons who have been approved by the Panel. 

If I have a massage therapy license in another state, can I become licensed in South Carolina?

If the requirements for licensure in that state are at least equal or greater than our requirements, endorsement may be granted. This includes, but is not limited to the type of examination that you passed for entry into the massage profession. South Carolina requires passage of the MBLEx as of November 1, 2014. Prior to November 1, 2014, South Carolina accepted passing exam scores from the National Certification Exam and the MBLEx. If you are granted a license, it must be renewed the following renewal cycle as everyone receives the same universal expiration date regardless of when you are initially licensed.

I had a provisional license and I let it expire. Can I reinstate that license?

No, provisional licenses cannot be reinstated. Once the license expires you must meet the full licensure requirements which includes but is not limited to completion of 500 hours from a massage therapy school, and passage of the MBLEX.