Indiana

Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: State Board of Massage Therapy
402 W Washington St, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-234-8800
Fax: 317-233-4236
Email: pla14@pla.in.gov

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist *Uncertified individuals must obtain license by January 11, 2023
Requirements: 625 hours, MBLEx or NCETMB; liability insurance
Renewal: Licenses expire every four years (2025, 2029, 2033)

Regulation Type: 
State License

Indiana Licensure Bill

Indiana SB 337

Indiana SB 337, recently introduced in the state legislature, proposes a mandatory licensure system for massage therapists in Indiana. SB 337 also proposes to require that all massage therapy instruction obtain Board approval.  Mandatory licensure bills have been introduced in several legislative sessions in the past and they have never succeeded.  We will keep you updated on the status of the bill.

Indiana Bill Would Change Governing Standards for Massage Therapists

Currently, massage therapists in Indiana are governed by the professional licensing standards of practice set forth in Indiana Code 25-1-11.  Under a new bill recently introduced in the Indiana legislature, HB 1360, massage therapists would instead be governed by the health professions standards of practice set forth in Indiana Code 25-1-9.  This change would mak

A Minor Legislative Change is Adopted in Indiana

Two bills, Senate Bill 348 and House Bill 1293, failed to pass the state legislature this year. The bills would have changed the current state certification (title protection) program, to a mandatory licensing (practice act) program. The bill would have also expanded the authority of the State Board of Massage Therapy by authorizing it to establish standards for the competent practice of massage therapy, approve massage therapy school curricula consistent with accepted national standards, and establish continuing education requirements. We expect a new bill to be introduced next year.

Indiana Bill to Require Mandatory Licensing Fails, State Certification Continues

Senate bill 573 failed to pass the state legislature this year. The bill would have changed the current state certification (title protection) program, to a mandatory licensing (practice act) program. The bill would have also expanded the authority of the State Board of Massage Therapy by authorizing it to establish standards for the competent practice of massage therapy, approve massage therapy school curricula consistent with accepted national standards, and establish continuing education requirements. ABMP expects a new bill to be introduced next year.

Indiana Bill Would Require Mandatory Licensing for the Practice of Massage Therapy

Indiana Senate Bill 573 (Landske) was passed by members of the Committee on Public Policy on February 14, 2013. This is the first step in a long legislative process. If passed, the bill would amend the current state certification law to a mandatory practice act. Anyone practicing, or advertising that they practice massage therapy, would be required to obtain a license in order to practice legally in the state.

Mandatory Massage Therapy Practice Act Introduced in Indiana

Introduced on January 4, 2012, Senate Bill 10 would require a license to practice massage therapy in Indiana. Currently, although Indiana’s certification system provides that only certified massage therapists may use the phrase “massage therapy” to advertise or market the services they provide, certification is not required to practice massage therapy. If SB 10 passes, only licensed massage therapists would be allowed to practice massage therapy.

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