In Wisconsin, massage therapists get certified by the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Affiliated Credentialing Board.
You need to complete a training program and pass an exam in order to get licensed.
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The program has to be approved, for an individual to receive their certification.
The training program can’t last for less than 600 hours.
An approved program looks like the following:
- 125 hours – Kinesiology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology
- 50 hours – Law, business,
- 6 hours – ethics
- 6 hours – Wisconsin massage law and rules;
- These hours can be done separately
- 200 hours – Theory and technique
- 100 hours – hands-on practice
- 20 hours – student clinic
- 5 hours – CPR and first aid
CPR training may be pursued through alternate ways.
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|Blue Sky School of Professional Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork||350 Double Tree Lane Grafton, WI 53024|
|Blue Sky School of Professional Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork||2005 West Beltline Hwy #201 Madison, WI 53713|
|East-West Healing Arts Institute||6425 Normandy Lane Madison, WI 53719|
|Fox Valley Technical College||1825 North Bluemound Drive, PO Box 2277 Appleton, WI 54912|
|Fox Valley School of Massage||Marina View Building 130 Main Street #205 Menasha, WI|
|Madison Area Technical College||3550 Anderson St. Madison, WI 537045|
|Milwaukee School of Massage||830 East Chambers St. Milwaukee, WI 53212|
|Serenity Now School of Massage||1015 N. 6th Street Wausau, WI 54403|
|The Institute of Beauty & Wellness||342 North Water St. Milwaukee, WI 53202|
|Western Technical College||400 Seventh St. North La Crosse, WI 54601|
|Wisconsin School of Massage Therapy||N112 W16760 Mequon Rd. Germantown, WI 53022|
Future massage therapists in Wisconsin take two examinations: MBLEx and an exam covering state laws and rules.
The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards offers the MBLEx that has multiple choices and costs $195.
Candidates must apply and only the approved ones can sit through it, but everyone has to read the candidate handbook.
It’s possible to receive a temporary license before taking the national examination, but the individual will work under supervision.
The exam on laws and rules is open book and can be taken online, and an ID and password are needed for this.
Candidates can’t take it without authorization, and the passing score is 85%.
This exam costs $75, and those who failed must retake it and pay the fee again.
The website of the Department of Safety and Professional Services has application forms available for download.
There are a series of documents applicants will need to attach to the applications, such as:
- a copy of his or her malpractice policy with an expiration date.
- a notarized affidavit
- a fee of $150 – $75 for the state law exam and $75 for credentialing
Those who want a temporary license need to pay an extra $10 and to fill out an extra form.
License by Reciprocity
Some individuals may have obtained their certification in a different state or country.
They can receive another license in Wisconsin if the jurisdiction issuing their certificate has similar standards.
The standards can be similar if:
- the jurisdiction requires a diploma from NCBTMB or another agency recognized nationally
- the instruction lasted at least 600 hours or was approved by an accrediting agency
Those interested will need to provide a copy of the rules and regulations in that jurisdiction and verification forms.
Candidates need to pass the state jurisprudence examination, provide malpractice liability insurance and be certified in CPR/ AED.
The fee for license by reciprocity is $157, as follows: $75 for the state law exam and $82 for credentialing.
Practitioners need to take out a malpractice insurance policy covering at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and per year.
Massage therapists need to renew their license every other year, after they continue their education, for 24 CEUs per 2 years.
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Read the full guide: How to Become a Massage Therapist