We previously notified you about Indiana House Bill 1289, changing the state's massage therapist regulation system from "title protection" to mandatory licensure. The bill passed in the legislature, and has now been signed into law by the governor.
Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: State Board of Massage Therapy
402 W Washington St, Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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)
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 HB 1360, which proposed that massage therapists be subject to the same general standards of practice as members of other health professions in Indiana, failed in the state legislature and will not become law. We will continue to keep you updated on legislative proposals affecting massage therapists 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.