RECIPROCITY applies to applicants who meet Provision 1 or Provision 2 as stated below:
  1. Provision 1: An applicant who has been STATE licensed for at least five continuous years immediately before the application submission date, and the state has standards substantially equivalent to Arizona standards.
    Required: Licensure verification must be submitted directly to this Board from the licensing agency.
  2. Provision 2: An applicant who holds current certification from the NCBTMB or another agency the Board recognizes as meeting equivalent educational and training standards.(Note: MBLEX does not certify) and graduated from a board-approved school* with at least 500 hours or more.
    Required: Exam results must be submitted directly to this Board from the testing agency. Massage school transcript reflecting completed clock hours must be submitted directly to this board from the school. *


REGULAR is for all other applicants.
  1.  An applicant who has graduated from an Arizona recognized school* located outside Arizona with at least 700 hours and passed an exam for State Licensing given by the Federation Board (MBLEX) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
    Required: Massage school transcript reflecting completed clock hours must be submitted directly to this board from the school.*
    Exam results must be submitted directly to this Board from the testing agency.
  2. An applicant who has graduated from an accredited Arizona recognized school* with at least 700 hours. If the school is not accredited, the applicant must also pass a test given by the Federation Board (MBLEX) or an exam given by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
    Required: Massage school transcript reflecting completed clock hours must be submitted directly to this board from the school.*
    If needed, exam results must be submitted directly to this Board from the testing agency. *
The “Recognized School List” is on the Board website under the Massage Schools tab. If the applicant’s massage school is not on the “Approved School List”, the school must complete and submit a “School Application” (found under the “Schools” tab on the Board website). The school must be approved before the applicant may apply. Allow 14 business days before inquiring as to the status of the school’s application for approval.