Each state requires different forms of certification of licensure. Please check with the state where you are applying to see what is required before requesting certification from Idaho. Certifications can be obtained two ways from Idaho:
- Free primary source verification of license/registration status may be obtained via the web at license search. These certifications contain all public information.
- If the receiving state doesn’t accept web-based certifications or requires information exempt from third-party disclosure (example: exam scores) to be included in the certification, use this form, which includes a $10.00 fee.
Q: If I move to Idaho, do I have to have a license certification?
A. Yes. You will need to contact the state board(s) where you are or have been licensed and have them send a license certification directly to the Board at email@example.com.
Q: Who is required to be licensed?
A: Any person who practices massage therapy for compensation or holds himself or herself out to others as a massage therapist is required to obtain a license.
Q: Are there any special requirements for applicants who apply by endorsement?
A: Please see Rule 310 Requirements for Licensure by Endorsement. California applicants do not qualify for endorsement and should apply by examination.
Q: What qualifies as “clinical work” in an educational program?
A: Any supervised, hands-on training in a classroom setting including student clinic.
Q: May massage therapists practice therapeutic exercise?
A: According to Idaho Code 54-4004.3, massage therapists shall not perform therapeutic exercise.
Q: Are there any specialty qualifications or certifications for licensed massage therapists in Idaho?
A: The Board does not currently recognize any specialty certifications.
Q: What are the requirements regarding massage programs?
A: Schools must meet the minimum Educational Program Standards, please see Rule 600.
Q: If I am thinking about attending Massage Therapy School, how do I know that my school’s training meets the licensure requirements?
A. The Idaho State Board of Education (ISBE) regulates schools, and a list of proprietary schools can be found on the ISBE website. When deciding on a school, be sure the curriculum your school offers meets the requirements of Rule 600.
Q: If a school or student is interested in clinical fieldwork to help further a student’s hands on experience, are there requirements to be aware of?
A. Yes. Please see, Rule 600.