Indiana currently offers its massage therapists voluntary state certification. A bill that has passed the Indiana Senate and is winding its way through the House of Representatives would require licensure of the state’s massage therapists.

To obtain certification, Indiana’s massage therapists are required to obtain 500 hours’ approved education and pass a state exam as well as an additional exam (two choices are the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination).

Increasingly, licensure is the credential that states have in place for massage therapists.

The new law would provide that “an individual must be licensed by the state board of massage therapy to engage in the practice of massage therapy … Makes it a Class B misdemeanor to practice massage therapy without a license.”

A licensing law would also pre-empt local ordinances, resolutions, rules and policies concerning massage therapists, except for zoning requirements and occupational license fees.