Indiana Certification Process

Please refer to the following link for information regarding the regulation of massage therapy in other states: ABMP listing of state regulations.

After graduating from the program, the instructions below will guide the therapist through the process of becoming state-certified.

Instructions for Becoming State Certified

(Upon Graduation)




1. Criminal Background Check: As of July 1, 2011 all applicants MUST complete a criminal background check (CBC). To start your CBC visit  Note: A CBC completed prior to the submission of an application for licensure will not be considered valid. If an application is not received by IPLA before scheduling a CBC, the applicant will be required to submit to another check resulting in additional fees.


2.  Completed application. NOTE: Your Social Security number is required by the Professional Licensing Agency in accordance with IC 4-1-8-1. Disclosure is mandatory and this application cannot be processed without it.


3.  Application fee of $150.00. Application fees are nonrefundable. Please make check or money order payable to “Indiana Professional Licensing Agency”.


4. Passport Photo: A recent passport type photograph of the applicant, approximately two (2) inches by two (2) inches in size.


5. Massage Therapy Program/School: Official transcript of grades must be sent directly from the Massage Therapy program/school from which the applicant obtained his or her degree that shows that the applicant has met all requirements for graduation/completion.
Graduates of a foreign program must submit an official translation if the transcript is not in English. Transcripts not sent by the program/school will not be accepted.

If you are a foreign graduate, you must also submit a credentials evaluation. The credential
evaluation must be specifically prepared for the State of Indiana by the service listed below:

International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF)

P.O. Box 3665

Culver City, CA 90231

Phone:  310.258.9451

Fax:  310.342.7086


6.  Examination: Proof of completion and passage of an examination must be sent directly from one of the following entities. Examination results sent by the applicant will not be accepted.

Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)

National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)

National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)

National Board Certification Agency National Certification Examination (NBCA NCE)


7.  Proof of Professional Liability Insurance: You must include a notarized copy of your professional liability insurance with your application. It will need to list the State of Indiana as an additional insured according to IC 25-21.8-4-2 (3).


8.  Positive Response: If you answered “yes” to any questions on page 2 of your application, explain fully, including all related details in a signed and notarized statement. Include the violation, location, date, and disposition. You should also include any court records available regarding the incident.


9.  Other State Licensure/Certification: If you hold or have held a license/certificate/permit in any state, including Indiana, to practice any regulated profession, you must have that state board provide verification directly to the Professional Licensing Agency. We do not need verification of county or city permits.


10.  Name Change documentation: A notarized copy of a marriage certificate or an official affidavit indicating any legal name change must be submitted if your name differs from that on any documents.


11.  Positive Response Documentation: If you answer yes to any of the questions on the last page of the application please submit the following along with your application:

• A typed and DETAILED explanation of the incident(s)

• Court documents regarding the incident(s) explaining the charges, fines and current disposition

• Proof of completion of all court ordered remediation (i.e. probation, court ordered alcohol/drug treatment, community service, etc)

Failure to submit the aforementioned information will result in the delay of your application. All positive response applications are subject to the review of the Board.


The board could request additional documentation as they deem appropriate to make a determination on your application. All pending files (incomplete) shall be
closed after one (1) year from date of application, at which time reapplication will be necessary.



In compliance with IC 4-1-6, this agency is notifying you that you must provide the requested
information or your application will not be processed. You have the right to challenge, correct, or explain information maintained by this agency. The information you provide will become public record. Your examination scores and grade transcripts are confidential except in circumstances where their release is required by law, in which case you will be notified.



If you have questions concerning the application process, please call 317-234-2051, visit our website at or e-mail us  If you have any changes to the information you provided during the application process or after you are licensed (i.e. name change, address), be advised that it is your responsibility to update that information with the Professional Licensing Agency within thirty (30) days of a change. To update your name, you must submit proof of change (marriage certificate, legal name change court document, divorce decree) by mail or fax at (317) 233-4236. To update your address, you may submit this information by mail, fax, or e-mail.


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