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Texas Introduces Second Exam Option for Massage Therapy Applicants


June 5 Update: Texas Massage Therapist Exam Now Available in Chinese

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assessed applicant language requirements of those participating in the Texas Massage Therapist Examination and determined another language was needed in addition to English and Spanish.

Using input from the massage therapy industry and requests from translation services, the TDLR reported that simplified Chinese was the most requested language. So, the TDLR made simplified Chinese a language option for participants as of June 1, 2023.  

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) announced that massage therapist applicants now have a second licensing testing method from which they can choose. The exam options are:

  1. The Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), the industry standard, administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).
  2. The new Texas Massage Therapist Examination administered by TDLR vendor PSI. Applicants who take this exam will not have to take the Texas jurisprudence exam because the law and rules sections are incorporated as part of the exam.

Note: When considering future mobility and license portability, the MBLEx will satisfy exam requirements in other jurisdictions for those who move out of state. At this time, the Texas Massage Therapist Examination will not.

For information on the Texas Massage Therapist Examination content and subject-area breakdown, view page 12 of the Candidate Information Bulletin. This document also explains registration, cancellation policies, and PSI location sites. Students interested in taking the TDLR Texas Massage Therapist Examination can sign up here.

As exam applicants prepare for licensing exams, don’t forget about ABMP’s Exam Coach, an online test-prep program created by instructional designers and technology experts at ABMP. It serves as a useful, interactive, and fun test-prep program that can help reduce the level of test anxiety whether test takers are sitting for the MBLEx or another entry-level licensing exam.