Regulation and Licensing for Massage Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a license to practice massage in Oregon?
For complete details on what education, testing requirements, and other specifics needed for licensure in Oregon, please contact the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT) at (503) 365-8657.  If you're moving to Oregon from another state where you had a license, you will still need to go through the application process and will most likely need to take the practical exam.

Do I have I take the MBLEx or one of the FSMTB exams?
The MBLEx is the only validated exam for entry-level licensure and is accepted by Oregon as a member state of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).  Oregon has played an ongoing role in the development and revision of the MBLEx as an appropriate examination for entry-level licensure in this state.  However, Oregon may accept an NCBTMB exam.

I have to take the practical exam.  What do I need to know (and where can I go for help)?
Oregon no longer requires a practical exam.

Do I have to keep my NCBTMB certification current to renew my license?
At no time do you need to have NCBTMB certification to have an Oregon license for massage therapy.  While Oregon may accept the NCBTMB written exam as part of the requirements for licensure, you do not need to be certified to become an LMT or renew as an LMT in Oregon.  If you choose to maintain certification through NCBTMB, you may use the CE hours you earn for NCBTMB towards your Oregon CE requirements as well.

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