When to Apply
You must be at least 18 years old before applying for a Delaware Massage Therapist license.
If you previously applied for a Delaware Certified Massage Technician, it is not necessary to re-submit documents already in possession of the Board office. If you believe that the Board office has any of the documentation required below, contact the office to confirm.
Requirements for All Applications
- Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Massage Therapist Licensure form. Follow the instructions on the application carefully so that all needed questions are completed. This includes verification under oath that you have not engaged in any acts or offenses that would be grounds for disciplinary action (24 Del. C., § 5308 (a)(4)).
- Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” If you hold an active Delaware Massage Technician certification, submit the upgrade processing fee. However, if you have never held an active Delaware Massage Technician certification or if your certification is not active, submit the Massage Therapist processing fee.
- Complete the Criminal History Record Check form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
- Arrange for an official score report to be sent directly from either the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) to the Board office.
- A score report received from you, rather than directly from FSMTB or NCBTMB, is unofficial. If you submit an unofficial copy of the score report, the Board office will not issue a license it receives the official score report from FSMTB or NCBTMB.
- To request NCBTMB exam scores, login to your Career Management System profile on www.ncbtmb.org. The Score Report Request form is available on your profile.
- For information on FSMTB’s MBLEx exam, see www.fsmtb.org.
- Enclose a copy of your current CPR certification card (front and back). Online CPR courses are NOT accepted.
- If you are now (or have ever been) certified or licensed to practice massage by another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive verification of your license or certification directly from each jurisdiction in which you are now, or have ever been, licensed or certified.
- This requirement applies regardless of whether you are filing an initial application or by reciprocity.
- To request verification of certification or licensure, contact the licensing office for each jurisdiction where you have ever been licensed/certified and request a verification letter, which is also called a letter of good standing, to be sent directly to the Delaware Board office. Contact information for other state Boards is listed on the American Massage Therapy Association website. For jurisdictions other than states (such as city, county or Canadian province), request the verification from the agency or organization that issued the certificate or license.
- Copies of licenses are not acceptable.
Additional Requirement for Initial Applications
You are filing an “initial application” if you are:
- not licensed by any other jurisdiction, or
- licensed by another jurisdiction but you have not practiced continuously in that jurisdiction for at least two years before applying in Delaware.
If you are filing an initial application, the following is required in addition to the items listed in Requirements for All Applicants.
- Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from your massage school or approved program to the Board office.(Section 4.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations)
- The transcript must show that you have completed 500 hours of supervised in-class study as a student in a school which trains massage or bodywork therapists, or as a student in an approved program of massage or bodywork therapy. The school or program of training must include a curriculum of no less than:
- 100 hours of anatomy and physiology
- 300 hours of technique and theory of massage or bodywork therapy
- 75 hours of elective courses in the field of massage therapy
- 25 hours of ethics, law and contraindications.
- A transcript received from you, rather than directly from your school or program, is considered unofficial. If you submit an unofficial copy of the transcript, the Board office will not issue a license until it receives the official transcript from the school or program.
- Submit proof that the State has approved the school or program.
- An example of the proof required is a copy of the certificate of approval issued by the State. You may obtain the certificate from either your school or the State agency responsible for approving the school/program.
- The approval must cover the period during which you attended the school/program.
- Submit a copy of the school or program catalog.