Massage therapy licensing guidelines: Virginia

Massage therapy licensing guidelines in Virginia are managed and overseen by the Board of Nursing’s Department of Health Professions. Standard requirements are set forth for prospective massage therapists. Educational requirements, examination standards and a clean criminal background are guidelines used to ensure that candidates meet the expectations established by the Board of Nursing. Virginia escorts wishing to become licensed massage therapists should meet the following guidelines:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old or older.
  • Candidates must submit a fully completed application and non-refundable fee. The application must be notarized and include honest self-disclosures concerning past licensing experiences and criminal background histories. Applicants must be accompanied by other verifying documents.
  • Applicants must provide proof of at least 500 hours of formal education from a massage training program certified or approved by the State Council of Higher Education. Official transcripts must be sent to the Department of Health Professions.
  • Candidates must provide official proof of passage of the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCETMB) or the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM).
  • Licenses must be renewed every 2 years. Renewal requires licensees to obtain at least 24 hours of continuing education credit.
  • Licenses may be denied, suspended or revoked for various disciplinary issues including:
    • Falsification of records and information regarding credentials.
    • Engagement into a personal relationships with clients that cross boundaries of professional conduct.
    • Allowance of non-licensed individuals to work under one’s license and credentials.
    • Practice beyond the limits of one’s license.