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Michigan Massage Licensing

All massage therapists are required to obtain a license from the State of Michigan. It is a criminal violation of the law to practice massage therapy without a board-issued license.

For our students, the school pays for their Massage Board Licensing Exam and their initial State Licensing fee. Our students receive guidance in completing their Michigan licensing application, and we submit their forms to the State upon completion of the student's program.

Continuing Education Requirements

The following information is based on input from Michigan’s Bureau of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), AMBP, AMTA and our Lobbyists.

  • Regardless of when it was issued, all Massage Licenses expire and must be renewed by October 31st. The license expiration date and year is printed on the license. A renewal can be done in advance up to a maximum of 90 days prior to the expiration on October 31st.
  • An initial license lasts for one year plus the extra months prior to October 31st. Continuing Education is not required for initial license renewal for therapists after their first year.
  • Renewed licenses are good for 3 years. Beginning on or after November 1, 2018, all renewed massage licenses will be required to complete 18 hours of CE over the next three years. Massage licensing CE will be required for all renewals on and after 2021.
  • If your license expires on October 31, 2018 you will need to complete 18 CE hours before you can renew your license in 2021. Of the 18 CE hours, 2 hours must be in ethics or professional boundaries, and 1 hour must be in pain management.
  • The 18 hours of CE must be completed during that 3-year renewal cycle. Your CE cannot be taken before you renew your massage license for the October 31, 2018 expiration. If you take classes now, they will not count towards CE.*
  • After October 31, 2018, you will be able to begin taking classes for CE credit. CE providers must be approved by the NCBTMB, FSTMB, or COMTA. Massage schools/programs approved by the State will also be approved to offer CE classes.
  • CE hours cannot be carried from one renewal period to the next. If you complete 25 hours of CE in a 3-year cycle, you still must complete 18 hours for the next renewal.
  • You will not need to submit CE proof when you send your license renewal. The State will conduct random audits of the renewals. You will have no idea when or if the State will require your CE documentation. Always keep your CE certificates on hand for at least 4 years after renewal.
  • No more than 12 CE hours can be completed in a 24-hour period.
  • You cannot earn CE credit for the same class more than once.
  • CE credit will not be granted in any of the modalities that are exempt from the massage license law. At this time, the list of exempt modalities that do not count for CE includes the following: Feldenkras, Trager, Polarity, Asian Bodywork, Reiki, Shiatsu, Reflexology and Structural Integration.
  • In addition to your CE, a Federal Law requires all individuals licensed under the public health code to complete training on how to identify human trafficking. This is a one-time training requirement that is separate from CE. This requirement begins in 2022. The human trafficking rule will apply to both initial and renewed licenses. As with CE, the State may randomly audit for documentation of completing training.
  • Irene’s will include human sex trafficking information in our curriculum. Students will meet this requirement when they graduate. The school will also create training opportunities for graduates to meet this requirement.
Note - Irene’s Myomassology Institute always encourages our alumni to further their education, increase their knowledge and improve their skills. Irene’s philosophy was, “You’re always a student!” Contact the school at 248-350-1400, if you have questions.

Therapists will find the application at the following link.