State Board of Massage Therapy

The State Board of Massage Therapy regulates and licenses persons providing massage therapy services to the general public in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

The State Board of Massage Therapy regulates and licenses persons providing massage therapy services to the general public in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Board’s purpose is to safeguard the public from harm caused by unqualified persons; to assure the highest degree of professional care and conduct on the part of massage therapists; and to assure the availability of massage therapy services of the highest quality to persons in need of such services.

The Board’s duties include passing upon the qualifications of applicants for licensure; insuring the conduct of examinations; issuing and renewing licenses to massage therapists; revoking or suspending licenses issued by the Board; and maintaining a record listing the name of every massage therapist licensed to practice in the Commonwealth, along with the last known place of residence and the date and number of the license.

Board Laws & Regulations


Law - Act 118 of 2008 (PDF)

Act 48 - Schedule of Civil Penalties


Examination Information

The Board adopts the NCETM and NCETMB, including the NESL option, and MBLEx as  approved examinations for initial licensure.

Individuals planning to take the MBLEx offered by the FSMTB shall contact the FSMTB directly at or 1-866-962-3926 to apply for the examination.

As of November 1, 2014, The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) will no longer offer an examination.   Individuals who previously took the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM) or National Certification Examination  for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks (NCETMB) examination including the NESL option, offered by the NCBTMB,  shall contact the NCBTMB directly at or 1-800-296-0664 to request their results be released to the Pennsylvania Board.

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Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA

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RA-MASSAGETHERAPY@PA.GOV - Note: This mailbox is reserved for receipt of documentation specific to letters of good standing, exam information, disciplinary documents, transcripts and other education or employment verifications, and any other outside agency or related communications.

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Mailing address

State Board of Massage Therapy P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Mailing address

Physical address

2525 N 7th Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

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To contact the Board with general or application questions or assistance related to your license, application and/or for any technical support pertaining to the PA Licensing System known as PALS, please reference the link below.

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Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.