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Yes, you must hold an active license issued by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy in order to practice as a massage therapist in Georgia.
No, you must hold an active license issued by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy in order to practice as a massage therapist in Georgia.
Yes, you may be come licensed in Georgia if you meet all of the requirements for licensure by Endorsement to include having a massage therapy license, in good standing, from another jurisdiction, state, or territory of the United States or foreign country, which has requirements equal to or greater than the requirements within the State of Georgia.
Please refer to the Laws, Policies, & Rules drop down menu for links to the board rules and Georgia Law. Forms and applications can be found via the "Application/Form Downloads" link on the right hand side, above the quick links.
You must meet the requirements for licensure as a massage therapist in Georgia to practice the profession in this state.
You may check on
the status of your application, verify your license once issued or print a copy of your license once issued from the website: www.sos.ga.gov/plb
E-Mail addresses and/or your physical and mailing address change can be done on the from the link from the website www.sos.ga.gov/plb. You may also mail in the changes to the Board office @ 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858, or fax to (866) 888-7127. O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-14(c) requires licensees notify the Board of any address change within thirty (30) days.
Please submit your written request along with a copy of a marriage license, divorce decree or other court order/document identifying the name change via USPS mail or by fax to: (866) 888-7127. A copy of your driver’s license or social security card is not acceptable. If you would like a new pocket card, please include your license number and the appropriate fee of $25.00. You may also print a copy of your license form the site www.sos.ga.gov/plb. You should receive your new pocket card generally within fifteen (15) business days. Please do not send original documents as they cannot be returned.
Please write the Board and request
a duplicate card. Include your name, address,
license number and the $25.00 fee. You
should receive your new pocket card
within fifteen (15) business days. You may also print a copy of your license from the site www.sos.ga.gov/plb.
Yes. Twenty-four (24) Contact Hours of Continuing Education (CE) acceptable to the Board are required to be obtained by the expiration date of October 31st of every even numbered year.
Of the twenty-four (24) hours, twelve (12) must be obtained from direct, hands on supervised instruction. The remaining twelve (12) may include direct hands on supervised instruction or other massage therapy related hours.
NOTE: A massage therapist who received their initial Georgia Massage Therapy License within one year of the expiration date shall only be required to complete twelve (12) Contact Hours of Continuing Education acceptable to the Board.
Of the twelve (12) hours, six (6) must be obtained from direct, hands on supervised instruction. The remaining six (6) may include direct hands on supervised instruction or other massage therapy related hours.
An applicant who is licensed during the second year of the biennium renewal period shall only be required to provide 12 hours of continuing education (CE) hours through an approved provider for that renewal period. Of the twelve (12) hours, six (6) of the total 12 CE Hours must include direct hands-on supervised instruction. The remaining six (6) CE Hours may include direct hands on supervised instruction or other massage therapy related CE hours.
An applicant having graduated from a Board recognized approved massage therapy education program within one year of their application date shall be exempt from continuing education requirements for their initial biennium renewal period only.
*Board Rule 345-4-.02 CE Hours – Effective 03-29-2009NOTE: "Hands on" means direct hands on placement or movement on the physical body.
Fees are subject to change at the Boards discretion. Please refer to the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/33, click on the link entitled "Fee Schedule" on the home page to view the current fees.
Application processing may take up to twenty-five (25) business days from the receipt of the application in the Board Office. Should there be any information associated with the application which causes it to fall outside of the administrative guidelines established by the Board (i.e. criminal history, disciplinary history, incomplete application, etc.), processing times may be extended and/or Board review may be required.
Applicants may check the status of their application via the "Online Services" section on the Board website or by calling the Board office @ (478) 207-2440 for information.
Yes, “the licensee shall display the license certificate or a photocopy thereof in an appropriate and public manner at each location at which he or she practices” - O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-14(a).
An ORIGINAL school transcript requested directly from your massage therapy educational program registrar or other school official. The transcript must be on school or program letterhead, contain the name and contact information of the school or program official certifying the document, the curriculum and clock hours obtained, the completion or graduation date and the applicant's name and date of birth. The applicant may include the original transcript with their application provided it is in a sealed envelope from the school or request the school or program to mail the document directly to the Board office: Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858.
Applicants educated outside of the United States must provide an ORIGINAL credential evaluation report, in English, completed by International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD). The evaluation must include a certified copy of the school transcript which has been translated into English. For instructions on the credentialing process and fees you may contact ICD. Their contact information is as follows: International Consultants of Delaware, Inc., P.O. Box 8629, Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629, Contact Number: (215) 222-8454 x 603; Web Address: www.icdeval.com.
NO COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED; ORIGINALS ONLY
Refer to the Board Rule’s, Chapter 345-8, for the
curriculum and faculty requirements
and documentation required for a massage therapy education program to be considered for recognition by the
Georgia Board of Massage
Therapy as meeting the education requirements for licensure. Links to Board rules may be found at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/massage.
Programs located outside of the state of Georgia must be verified by the applicant as a program that has requirements substantially equal to or greater than those required of a Georgia based program pursuant to Board rule 345-8. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request from the school or program their certification, regulatory Board or other entity recognition or any other criteria requested by the Georgia Board. Not all massage therapy education programs will be acceptable to the Georgia Board.
In addition, you must complete a program with one transcript stating all the hours earned and in what subject areas or curriculum, even hours transferred in from another program or school. Multiple, incomplete transcripts will not be accepted.
No, there is no requirement at this time to offer a Georgia Law Exam as a requirement for licensure in this state. Licensees are required, and expected, to be familiar with the laws and rules regulating the practice on massage therapy in the state of Georgia.
Yes. The Board will accept any one of the following exams as one of the requirements for licensure to practice massage therapy in this state:
Yes, but ONLY for NON-RESIDENTS OF GEORGIA. See the Board rules and Georgia law for details.
Criminal background checks are required by the law (O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-8, 13) for each application submitted. Refer to the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy website at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/massage under “Download Forms” for “MT Fingerprint COGENT-GAPS Instructions”. Applicants must register with Cogent Systems and follow the guidelines found at their website at www.ga.cogentid.com.
*DISCLAIMER: The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy is not responsible for unacceptable or rejected fingerprints submitted; it is the vendor’s responsibility to provide acceptable fingerprints.
For those applicants NOT located/living in the state of GA, the fingerprints and processing must be completed at a Georgia COGENTS/GAPS location.
DO NOT MAIL FINGERPRINT CARDS TO THE BOARD OFFICES - THE BOARD DOES NOT PROCESS FINGERPRINT CARDS. THEY WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO YOU AND THIS WILL DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR APPLICIATION.
Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858
(478) 207-2440 (Customer Service) * (866) 888-7127 (Fax)
In the state of Georgia, applicants may contact the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission in order to obtain a copy of your official student record and/or transcript. The contact information for that entity is: 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305; Phone number (770) 414-3300.
Applicants not educated within the state of Georgia are encouraged to contact the massage therapy licensing board in the state where your massage therapy education was received in order to identify the entity which has been the designated authority to maintain student records for private or public post secondary schools that have discontinued operations in that state.