KY Licensure and Certification Links



Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
administers and enforces the statutory authority monitors the needs of the consuming public. The Board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession as a Massage Therapist. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The Board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 309.350 to 309.

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The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization whose examination is recognized by Kentucky as evidence of competence for license eligibility. NCBTMB’s certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), a national, non-governmental, public protection and standards-setting organization and is made up of a number of components: Eligibility, Examination, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, Continuing Education and Recertification.

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is an autonomous, not-for-profit organization comprised of state regulatory boards and agencies that regulate the massage therapy profession. The FSMTB was established in 2005 and operates under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All revenue collected by the organization is used to enhance FSMTB programs, maintain and improve the quality of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) and provide support to FSMTB Member Boards in fulfilling their responsibility of protecting the public.

FSMTB is governed by a board of directors comprised of seven voting directors and two non-voting members (immediate past president and executive director). The seven voting positions are elected into office by the delegate assembly at the FSMTB Annual Meeting. When making nominations, the Nominating Committee considers diversity of ethnicity, gender, geographic distribution and professional experience. Ultimately, the mission of the board of directors and FSMTB is to support our member boards in their work to ensure that the practice of massage therapy is provided to the public in a safe and competent manner.