Dept of Public Health: Board of Massage Therapy 
Lucas State Office Building, 5th Floor
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-7689
Fax: 515-281-3121

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours, and MBLEx or NCETMB
Renewal: 16 hours/2 years
Min 8 hours hands-on

Regulation Type: 
State License

Iowa Bill would alter massage licensing education requirements

House Bill 2126, sponsored by Representative Matt W. Windschitl (R-District 56), is described as “an act relating to the education requirements of massage therapists.” The bill as currently drafted eliminates the education requirements for Iowa massage licensing; however, ABMP has learned that the current form of the bill is a draft and that the intent is to replace the education hours requirement (currently at 600) with language that would identify credits or competencies as the educational requirements.

Iowa Will Increase Entry-level Education Requirements

HF 593 was signed by Governor Branstad on 4/13/2011. The law increases the entry-level education required for licensure from 500 to 600 hours. However, educational requirements under this paragraph are subject to reduction by the board if, after public notice and hearing, the board determines that the welfare of the public may be adequately protected with fewer hours of education.


The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy is now accepting the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB:


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