Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Colorado – Schools, Salary, and License Info

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Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Colorado

The Colorado Office of Massage Therapy supervises the massage therapists in this state.

Since 2014, the rules have tightened, and these professionals receive their license based on:

  • Completed education
  • Passing an exam
  • Passing a background check.

Educational Requirements

To pass the educational requirements, a future massage therapist must attend an approved school.

The approved schools meet these criteria:

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  • Certification from the Colorado Community College System
  • Approval from the Colorado Division of Private and Occupational Schools
  • Approval from an educational regulatory agency in another state
  • National accreditation
School NameAddress
Academy of Natural Therapy625 8th AvenueGreeley, CO 80631
Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy1490 West Fillmore St.Colorado Springs, CO 80904
Colorado School of Energy Studies100 Arapahoe #4Boulder, CO 80303
Colorado School of Healing Arts7655 W. Mississippi Ave.Lakewood, CO 80226
Colorado Springs School of Massage LLC5711 Constitution Ave.Colorado Springs, CO 80915
Connecting Point School of Massage and Spa Therapies104 Society DriveTelluride, CO
Crestone Healing Arts Center1689 Columbine OverlookCrestone, CO 81131
Delta-Montrose Technical College218 4th St.Paonia, CO 81428
Denver School of Massage Therapy14107 East Exposition Ave.Aurora, CO 80012
Denver School of Massage Therapy8991 Harlan St. #BWestminster, CO 80031
Healing Arts Institute4007 Automation WayFort Collins, CO 80525
Healing Spirits Massage Training Program100 Arapahoe Rd. #4Boulder, CO
Institute of Business and Medical Careers IBMCFort Collins College 3842 S. Mason St. Fort Collins, CO 80525
Institute of Business and Medical Careers IBMCGreeley College 5400 W 11th St. #D Greeley, CO 80634
IntelliTec Medical Institute6805 Corporate Drive #100 Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Komitor Healing MethodHealing Touch for AnimalsHighlands Ranch, CO 80163
Morgan Community College920 Barlow Rd.Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Pueblo Community College900 W Orman Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004,
Rolf Institute of Structural Integration5055 Chaparral Ct. #103Boulder, CO 80301
School of Inner Health1 Lovers LaneManitou Springs, CO 80829
U.S. Career Institute2001 Lowe St.Fort Collins, CO 80525

The program for this occupation can’t be shorter than 500 hours.

If you attended a program that was approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), it means you met the educational requirement.

Exam Requirements

To receive a license as a massage therapist, a person must pass an exam, which usually takes place after completing the educational program.

Candidates can choose one of the following exams:

  1. the licensing exam of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Board
  2. the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB)
  3. the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)
  4. another test that the Director approved.

From the list above, the 2nd and 3rd exams used to be offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

This Board now offers only the NCBTMB Board Certification Exam and the BCTMB.

This test is part of the Board Certification process and its requirements are more strict than for the initial license.

For the original license, a candidate can pass the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards examination, the MBLEx.

Those interested in taking this exam must pay the $195 fee when they submit an application.

The Application Process

The application is sent online to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

It takes about 5 days to process the applications, and if they’re approved, the candidates will receive an ATT.

The ATT gives them 90 days to schedule the exam through Pearson Vue.

To find out the scores, the candidate can mention in the application of the licensing agency where they want the scores to be sent.

This usually happens within 24 hours of testing.

Candidates must send the verification from all the tests related to massage therapy practice they passed, and they can do so online.

The official transcripts or certificates of education are required by the licensing agency.

However, it’s the issuing institution that has to send these documents.

The Office of Licensing in Denver is the only institution where hand-delivered transcripts or certificates are accepted, as long as they’re in their sealed and original envelopes.

The transcript should include the program’s accreditation or approval, but this can also be sent separately.

The accreditation proof can be a letter from the school or a print from the accrediting agency’s website, and can also be sent by email.

There is an application fee of $80.

Candidates have 30 days to complete the application, and they need to start all over again if they fail to do that.

The application must include the result of a background check done using the fingerprints.

This check can only be done by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The fingerprints can be submitted within 1 week of completing the application.

Liability insurance is also needed before starting their new careers.

If they don’t have the qualifying policy, they’ll need to attest they will obtain one.

The Healthcare Professions Profiles must also be completed by the candidates, and they can do this after submitting the application.

Out-of-State Massage Therapists

Those applying from out of state will have their status verified by the Office of Massage Therapy Licensure.

The license by endorsement will be given to the candidate if:

  • They’re in good standing
  • Their jurisdiction has similar standards to those in Colorado.

Only training is accepted id these conditions are met:

  • Graduating from a school with a code assigned by the NCBTMB
  • The candidate is in good standing

If the program lost its status, each case will be evaluated individually in Colorado.

Candidates will have to prove either:

  • Active practice (completing 400 hours in a year), OR
  • Prove continuing education for 24 hours
    • These must cover ethics for up to 2 hours, and practice building/ office management of up to 2 hours.

International Candidates

Candidates from other countries will have to be reviewed by:

  • The International Education Research Foundation (IERF);
  • The International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
  • The Colorado licensing agency

Any of these institutions will verify the candidate’s education, work experience as well as other credentials needed.

International candidates can submit their documents online for review.

Extra Information

The career of a massage therapist is a rewarding one.

As proof, just have a look at the median salary these professionals earn in the main cities of Colorado.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Colorado Springs$50,963
Fort Collins$49,846

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