South Carolina Massage/Bodywork Panel
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I become a massage therapist?
You must complete 500 hours of massage therapy school and pass the National Certification Examination or the Federation of States Exam for Massage Therapy. Once you have done that, you may submit your application with the requested information and the appropriate fee.
Once I become licensed, what is required to renew the license?
When a license is initially obtained, it will need to be renewed the following renewal cycle. Licenses are renewed every two years at which time 12 hours of continuing education must be obtained. (Continuing education is waived for the first renewal.)
How do I know what type of continuing education classes I need to take?
You may take any class which is approved by one of the national associations, approved massage therapy schools or persons who have been approved by the Panel.
If I have a massage therapy license in another state, can I become licensed in South Carolina?
If the requirements for licensure in that state are at least equal or greater than our requirements, reciprocity could be granted. However, if you took a state exam instead of the National Certification Exam or the Federation of State Exam, our Panel would need to review the exam or an outline of that exam before reciprocity could be granted.