For Massage Apprenticeships, the requirements are as follows and can be found in Section 480.041, F.S. and Rule Chapter 64B7-29, F.A.C.
- Is at least 18 years of age or has received a high school diploma or graduate equivalency diploma;
- Is not enrolled simultaneously as a student in a Board approved massage school.
- The sponsoring massage therapist must have been engaged in the actual practice of massage for at least three years prior to the sponsorship, and be in compliance with Chapters 456 and 480, F.S., and the rules promulgated thereunder.
- The qualified massage establishment must be a licensed massage establishment and meet the requirements of Chapter 64B7-26, F.A.C. The qualified massage establishment must be equipped with the following:
- Linen and storage areas
- Hydro-therapy equipment, which must include cold packs and hot packs (such equipment shall be that which is generally acceptable in the massage profession).
- Textbooks and teaching materials on the following subjects:
- Theory of Massage
- Statutes and Rules on Massage Practice
If the apprentice is also studying colonic irrigation the following will also be required: colonic equipment, sterilization equipment (if non-disposable colonic attachments are used), and textbooks and teaching materials on colonic irrigation.
Completing the Apprenticeship
Once an apprenticeship certificate has been issued, you may begin your apprenticeship. Apprenticeship training shall be 12 months in duration.
You will be responsible for submitting four quarterly report forms during your apprenticeship, as well as an apprenticeship completion form once you have met all hour requirements.
Within the first quarter of the apprenticeship you must complete:
- 100 hours of study in Physiology,
- 100 hours of study in Anatomy, and
- 15 hours of study in Statutes and Rules of Massage Practice.
The complete course of study for apprenticeship (including the first quarter requirements above):
- 300 hours of Physiology
- 300 hours of Anatomy
- 20 hours of Theory and History of Massage
- 50 hours of Theory and Practice of Hydro-Therapy
- 5 hours of Hygiene
- 25 hours of Statutes and Rules of Massage Practice
- 50 hours of Introduction to Allied Modalities
- 700 hours of Practical Massage
- 3 hours of board-approved HIV/AIDS instruction
Terminating the Apprenticeship
If an apprentice or a sponsoring massage therapist wishes to terminate your apprenticeship prior to completion, the apprentice or sponsoring massage therapist may submit an apprenticeship termination form. Once terminated, an apprenticeship cannot be resumed.
If the sponsoring massage therapist submits an apprenticeship termination form, the apprentice may secure the sponsorship of another sponsoring massage therapist or qualified massage establishment.
Changing Sponsors / Qualified Massage Establishments
Applicants with Criminal History
Any applicant who has ever been found guilty of, or pled guilty or no contest/nolo contendre to any charge other than a minor traffic offense must list each offense on the application. Failure to disclose criminal history may result in denial of your application. Each application is reviewed on its own merits.
The Board of Massage Therapy has created guidelines for specific offenses to be cleared in the board office; however, staff cannot make determinations in advance as laws and rules do change over time. Violent crimes and repeat offenders are required to be presented to the Board of Massage Therapy for review. Evidence of rehabilitation is important to the board members when making licensure decisions.
Applicants with prior criminal convictions are required to submit the following documentation to the board:
Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the offense.
Final Dispositions/Arrest Records – Final disposition records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Completion of Probation/Parole/Sanctions – Probation and financial sanction records for offenses can be obtained at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. Parole records for offenses can be obtained from the Department of Corrections or at the clerk of the court in the arresting jurisdiction. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on court letterhead sent from the clerk of the court attesting to their unavailability.
Letters of Recommendation – Applicants who have listed offenses on the application must submit 3-5 professional letters of recommendation from people you have worked for or with.
Applicants with Discipline History
Applicants who have ever been denied licensure, had disciplinary action taken against their license, or have action pending against their license to practice any health care related profession by a licensing authority are required to submit the following documentation to the board:
Self-Explanation – Applicants who have listed disciplinary action on the application must submit a letter in your own words describing the circumstances of the action.
Agency Records – All relevant documentation regarding the action should be sent to the board office by the licensing agency. If the records are not available, you must have a letter on agency letterhead sent from the licensing agency attesting to their unavailability.
Applicants with Health History
Applicants who answer “Yes” to any of the Health History questions on the application are required to submit the following documentation to the board office:
Self-Explanation – Applicants must submit a letter in your own words explaining the medical condition(s) or occurrence(s). Include a description of all treatments and diagnoses you have received for any condition(s)/impairment(s) you are/have been treated for. Include all medications prescribed and all physicians/counselors that have provided treatment.
Physician(s) Letter – Applicants must submit a statement from your treating physician(s)/counselor(s) for each condition you are/were being treated for and whether or not you are currently able to safely practice massage therapy. The physician’s statement should include all DSM IIIR/ DSM IV, Axis I, II, and III diagnoses.
Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration
Effective July 1, 2012, Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes (F.S.), provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:
- For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
- Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;
- Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;
- Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;
- Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.
Submit application with the appropriate fee to the board office.If you completed your application online please submit the Sponsoring Massage Therapist Form and the Sponsoring Massage Establishment Form.
Once all an application has been received it will be reviewed by Board staff. It may be necessary for Board staff to request additional information. Once all requirements for licensure are met, Board staff will flag the proposed establishment for inspection.
Once Board staff receives a passing inspection result a certificate will be issued and should be received in the mail within 7-10 working days.
Do not begin your apprenticeship program until you have received your official certificate.
Application Fee – $100.00 (non-refundable)
Make cashiers check or money order payable to “Department of Health”.