The FSMTB governs and administers the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). It serves the massage therapy and regulatory communities as the national entry-level licensure examination. The MBLEx is currently utilized for licensure in 46 of 49 regulated jurisdictions. These include the District of Columbia and the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The MBLEx is administered in both English and Spanish by Pearson VUE, the global leader in electronic testing services, at high-security test centers located throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.
To ensure that the MBLEx reflects current practice, FSMTB conducts a Job Task Analysis (JTA) Survey every five to seven years. The JTA seeks input from massage and bodywork professionals across the United States. This data is then used to analyze and revise MBLEx content as deemed necessary by the profession, guided by psychometric professionals.
FSMTB is in the process of analyzing results from the most recent JTA, which was conducted in July of 2017. To view past survey results, please visit the Exam Content page.
Please note: passing the MBLEx is only one of the steps necessary for licensure in your state. Please check with your state licensing board or agency regarding the licensure requirements for the state in which you plan to practice.
FSMTB Massage Education Policy
Effective July 1, 2017, candidates seeking access to the MBLEx will be required to substantiate either:
a. enrollment in and having received education and training in all subject areas of the MBLEx Content Outline from an approved massage therapy education program; or
b. graduation from an approved massage therapy education program.
Substantiation documentation must be submitted to FSMTB directly from the education program.
An approved massage therapy education program is one that is approved or recognized by the state board or agency authorized to regulate massage therapy in the state in which the school is located.
In the event the massage therapy board/agency does not approve or recognize education programs, approval or recognition from the relevant state department of education or like agency, in the state in which the school is located, shall apply. In the event of a conflict between the state board/agency and department of education, the approval or recognition of the massage therapy board/agency shall prevail.
In the event the massage therapy board/agency does not approve or recognize education programs, and there is no approval or recognition from the relevant state department of education or like agency, in the state in which the school is located, the massage therapy education program must obtain approval from FSMTB.
You may contact Kevin Snedden, Director of Professional Standards, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Will it be hard? Do I know enough? What if I don’t pass?
Are these crazy rumors true?
We are here to help you understand as much as possible about the exam as well as to address your concerns. We are always happy to talk with you and listen to your input. We want to help.
Our colleagues at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) want to help massage professionals, students and educators understand the exam a little better too. They put together a webinar that includes an interview with our executive director, who addresses some common concerns regarding the MBLEx.
We hope you find it useful.
Thanks to our friends at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals for recording the webinar.
If you still have questions please contact us.
Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination Office
FSMTB Executive Office