Moving to Florida?
Wondering how to transfer your current license to Florida?
I have helped a lot of massage therapists through this process. Transferring your license to Florida is more complicated than transferring a license to most other states, but by the end of this blog you should have all of the links and resources you need to get your Florida massage license.
It is best to plan your professional move ahead of time, or you may find yourself sitting in Florida waiting and waiting for your license to arrive. So in order to keep your massage income coming in, I suggest you start the process as soon possible.
They take the practice of massage therapy pretty seriously in Florida. The Florida Department of Health calls this transfer process “becoming licensed by endorsement.” Endorsement and examination candidates must complete three courses before applying for a license. These courses are 10 hours of Florida Law and Rules, 3 hours of HIV/AIDS, and 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors. These must be taken by a Florida Approved Continuing Education Provider.
Get the courses you need for your Florida Endorsement License. I have them available as a package or separately.
After you complete these required courses, send your transcript completion certificates to the Florida board.
You must show proof of your current massage state license. To do this you need to contact the state massage board where you are currently licensed. They will need to forward proof of your license to the Florida Board of Massage. Your current state must also verify that you previously completed a board-approved exam (i.e. NCETMB, MBLEx, NESL, NCETM) to obtain your current license.
If you have not previously completed the MBLEX or NCETMB
You will need to complete a national licensing exam in order to obtain a Florida massage license. Learn which massage licensing exam is right for you.
Provide the Florida Board of Massage with an official transcript (with a seal) from your 500 hour minimum massage training program.
Now, just patiently wait for the Board to approve your license.
Questions about this process?
Try my Florida License FAQ.
You may also leave a question in the comments below or email me anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ivy Hultquist, LMT