Massage Therapy School Licensing
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Unless exempt, an individual or entity who provides at a minimum the course of instruction required for licensure to one or more students constitutes a massage therapy educational program and must obtain a massage school license.
Initial Licensure Requirements
To obtain a massage school license, a completed application on a TDLR-approved form (see Massage School License Application PDF) must be submitted with the required application fee of $1,500 and the following documentation:
- Lease agreement
- Detailed floor plan
- Inventory list detailing equipment in the facility
- Adequate equipment in good working order
- Financial statements or documents to sufficiently demonstrate financial stability and a capability to fulfill the training commitments (in accordance with the Massage Therapy Administrative Rules)
- Any additional required documentation for initial application
Each massage school must follow the curriculum outline prescribed by TDLR for the minimum 500-hour supervised course of instruction.
All initial and renewal applicants for a Massage School license must submit fingerprints for a national criminal history record review. This requirement became effective September 1, 2019. Please see the FAQs for additional information.
TDLR must conduct an inspection of a massage school before the school can begin operation. No massage school may be operated, instruction given, or student solicited or enrolled at any location which has not been approved by TDLR.
Each massage school location must be maintained in accordance with applicable state and local sanitary or health codes and regulations. (in accordance with the Massage Therapy Administrative Rules) .
The massage school license must be displayed in an appropriate and public manner at the school.
License Renewal Requirements
Licensed massage schools will receive a renewal notice by mail prior to their license expiration date. Schools must submit a copy of the renewal notice with any contact information updates along with the $1,000 renewal fee.
NOTE: If you do not receive a renewal form by mail within 60 days of your renewal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the responsibility of massage schools to renew their licenses regardless of whether an expiration notice was received by the licensee from TDLR.
Requirement to Notify That Criminal History May Prevent Licensure
Beginning September 1, 2017, HB 1508 (85R), codified as Section 53.152 of the Occupations Code requires that all entities providing educational or instructional programs that prepare a student for an occupation or vocation requiring a TDLR license to:
- Inform the student or program participant that eligibility for a TDLR license could be affected by the person’s criminal history;
- Notify students and participants that TDLR is responsible for having in place guidelines regarding a license applicant's criminal history, and to include information on an applicant's ability to be licensed under those guidelines;
- Provide students with information on other state or local restrictions that would affect the student’s eligibility for an occupational license issued by TDLR;
- Inform students of the student's right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from TDLR;
- Provide all persons who enroll in their program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.
Each entity or school required to provide notice is responsible for determining how best to provide the notice information to applicants and enrollees. TDLR has developed a suggested notice and acknowledgement form to provide guidance on how to provide this information. The Notice of Potential Ineligibility For License Form (PDF) is available for download.
An educational entity or training program operator who fails to provide this information to a person who is enrolled in their course may be liable for tuition or application fees paid by any student who is denied a TDLR license due to the existence of a criminal conviction.