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

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Idaho

The Idaho Board of Massage Therapy issues licenses for those who want to become massage therapist professionals.

They need to meet certain criteria:

  • Completing certain education
  • Passing the appropriate exam
  • Pass a background screening


Future professionals are required to attend relevant programs that last for at least 500 hours.

These programs must include both a theoretical part and practice.

Popular Programs

They must cover:

  • A minimum of 125 hours of body systems coursework
    • Anatomy
    • physiology,
    • kinesiology
  • 200 hours must cover assessment, theory, and application of massage and bodywork
  • 25 hours of business and ethics
  • 40 hours of pathology

110 hours must cover supervised clinical work, but not before a minimum of 20% of the required instruction hours have been completed.

Candidates can also complete this requirement out of state, however, the standards of the school must meet those in Idaho.

School Name Address
American Institute of Clinical Massage 4365 Inverness Drive Post Falls, ID 83854
Coeur d'Alene Massage School 1625 North 4th Street #203 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
College of Massage Therapy Bingham Memorial Hospital 98 Poplar Street Blackfoot, ID 83221
Idaho School of Massage Therapy 3551 East Overland Rd. Meridian, ID 83642
Idaho State University ISU 921 South 8th Ave. Stop 8380 Pocatello, ID 83209
Intermountain College of Natural Health 206 Martin Street, Suite A Twin Falls, ID 83301
International Institute of Massage Therapy 1110 South Blvd. Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Massage Training Center 2200 S. Midland Blvd. Nampa, ID 83686
North Idaho Massage Academy - Mt. Baldy Professional Bldg. 1315 West Hwy 2, #4 Sandpoint, ID 83864
OZ School of Massage 1657 Reed Lane Soda Springs, ID 83276
Rexburg College of Massage Therapy 669 Pioneer Rd. #500 Rexburg, ID 83440
Three Oaks Academy 211 West State Street Boise, ID 83702
Twin Falls Institut of Holistic Studies 3999 US 93 Filer, ID 83328


Once the education is completed, the candidates can contact either the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork for an exam.

There are several exams accepted for issuing a license, though most of them aren’t offered anymore.

Some of these exams are:

  • Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)
  • National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)
  • National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB)

Currently, passing the MBLEx is enough to obtain the license.

This exam has multiple choices and can be taken either in English or Spanish.

Those interested must apply for the exam, and the process can be done either online or by mail.

Along with the application form, they also must also pay a fee of $195 and confirm they read the handbook for candidates.

Those accepted to take the exam, receive an ATT and they must schedule the test through Pearson Vue.

Massage therapists can choose to take the NCTBTMB Board Certification Examination which grants an extra certification, with increased career options.

For this certification, candidates must prove they:

  • attended a minimum of 750 hours of education
  • have at least 250 hours of professional work experience

Past certification results will also be accepted, including the ones obtained before a license was required in Idaho.

Application For the License

The Bureau of Occupational Licenses’ website has the application form candidates need to fill in, though these can also be requested in writing.

The form must be notarized.

Needed documents:

  • Official transcripts from the school
  • Proof of minimum 18 years of age – with either one: driver’s license, passport, military ID, or birth certificate
  • Minimum high school diploma or GED
  • Pay the $125 fee -$50 for the application and $75 for the initial license
  • Exam results

The legal background of the candidate will also be taken into consideration by the Board, and copies of charges and orders will also be needed, where these exist.

There are about 3 or 4 Board meetings per year, and applications must be sent in at least 1 week before these meetings.

The Board publishes the dates of the meetings on its website.

In some cases, the results from the exam may not be available.

These files might be approved without the results, but the Board must receive the results as well.

Complete files will receive priority.

The Board’s answer might be ready within 2 or 4 weeks after the meeting, though the candidates with a legal past might be called in for an interview.

Out-of-State Applicants

Massage therapists coming from a different state also need to apply for a license.

The request, however, should come from the Board of the state in question.

The request has to have the state’s regulations and related laws attached.

Massage therapists coming from a state with close or higher standards can receive their Idaho license by endorsement.

The candidates that qualify for endorsement have a different application form they need to fill in.

They must also prove they’re at least 18 years old.

Additional Information

The Idaho Board of Massage Therapy can be reached by email or by telephone.

The Idaho Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association is another institution where additional information can be requested.

Salaries depend on experience and extra credentials.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Boise $48,582
Meridian $48,531
Nampa $48,070
Idaho Falls $46,546
Caldwell $48,019
Pocatello $44,496
Coeur d'Alene $50,384
Twin Falls $44,342
Post Falls $50,493
Lewiston $50,553

Regional Salary in Idaho

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Boise City, ID140$50,380$24.22$66,560$24,790
Coeur d'Alene, ID40$58,690$28.22$75,730$33,030
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Massage Therapists, OCC Code 31-9011, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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