RE: Information regarding North Carolina's back-to-practice permission date and safety guidelines to minimize risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19 in the workplace.
Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy
4140 Parklake Ave, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612
Title: Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
Requirement: 500 hours and MBLEx, NCBTMB
Renewal: 24 hours/2 years, or 12 hours/2 years for shorter license
Max 12 hours online
Max 3 hours of business
Min 3 hours of ethics
Legislators in North Carolina are considering two bills impacting the massage and bodywork professions. We are highlighting the bills and contact information for the sponsors and committees currently considering the bills.
North Carolina Massage and Bodywork Therapists must start paying a "Privilege License Tax" beginning July 1, 2018. This tax is $50 and is to be paid annually for license for the "privilege of practicing the profession." Here is a copy of the revised law that specifically includes massage and bodywork therapists (scroll down to 105-41): www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/ByArticle/Chapter_105/Art...
The public hearing on the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy's proposed rules concerning massage establishments and continuing education was held on April 19. Over 200 people attended the hearing, and the majority of attendees spoke on the record about the impact that the proposed rules would have on them and their businesses. It was an impressive turnout and an energetic showing of our profession's grassroots involvement in policy issues. We thank all of you who attended and who continue to be involved in the process.
The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy has issued proposed rules implementing the new state massage establishment licensing law. These proposed rules are not yet final. You can read the proposed rules here.
If you would like to submit written comments concerning the proposed rules, please submit your comments by May 14, 2018 to:
In our March 2015 legislative update we discussed that the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy (NCBMBT) had proposed rules to begin licensing massage establishments. ABMP is opposed to regulatory boards attempting to regulate businesses since local jurisdictions usually regulate businesses already if they find a need to do so.