New York Offers Massage Therapists “Licensure by Endorsement”

New York LicenseNew York has this concept – licensure by endorsement – which applies to massage therapists wishing to practice in New York but hold licenses from another state or jurisdiction. There are requirements for this licensure by endorsement and if you have plans to move to this state, you may want to check out the eligibility criteria.

The Office of the Professions of the New York Department of Education says that to apply for licensure by endorsement, you must:

1.  Have at least two years’ of MT practice in another state
2.  Be at least 21 years old
3.  Submit the completed application for New York state massage license and pay the application fee
4.  Be a high school graduate
5.  Be a green card holder or US citizen
6.  Be of good moral character (as determined by the Department of Education)
7.  Not have taken (or failed) the New York State Massage Therapy examination
8.  Be of good standing as a licensee in the current state of practice
9.  Have completed the CPR exam within three years prior to application for licensure

Unfortunately, there are more requirements to the nine mentioned above, but don’t be discouraged, especially if you already hold a license from another state.  Here are the other requirements:  you must show proof of the 1,000 hour education requirement for New York state and also show proof that you have two years’ professional experience in MT after having obtained your original license.

This experience must include western and/or eastern MT techniques.  One final requirement:  you must have passed a written exam in the state, county or country where you first practiced and that exam must be considered acceptable by the Department of Education.  One exam that it will accept for purposes of determination is the NCETMB.

Fortunately, there are alternatives to these requirements.  It would be worth your while to find out as much as you can about applying for licensure by endorsement.

Critical factors are your number of years’ experience, clock hours you have to your credit, and the exam you took in the state or county where you originally practiced.  We strongly recommend that you contact the Department of Education of New York:

by email:  [email protected]
by phone:  518-474-3817 ext. 150
by fax:  518-486-4846
by mail:  New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
New York State Board for Massage Therapy
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000

The keyword here is “alternatives.”  If you don’t meet the first nine requirements above, the Department of Education mentions other ways you can apply for licensure by endorsement.  Look into it!



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  1. johnei says:

    Massage is useful for all age group children,young or old people.It releases stress from mind.It gives relaxation in it’s genuine sense.You will feel light,energetic and stress free. Human body need regular message to remain healthy and fit.

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