Depending on which state you plan on earning your massage therapy license, the number of hours of training needed to become an LMT varies but averages about 600-750 hours. In a couple states you could need up to 1,500 hours.

Can this training be completed in 3 months?  Let’s see. The low average of 600 hours divided by 8 hour days comes to 75 days. Then 75 days divided by 5 day weeks is 15 weeks. Since there are about 4 weeks in a month we divide 15 by 4 and we get our rough estimate of 3.75 months. If you need 750 hours that would add nearly another month to that estimate for close to 5 months. 🙂 Remember, that math considers going to class 8 hours a day, so the actual time it takes to complete your training will depend on your program’s schedule.

Without the math, 3 month accelerated massage therapy training programs are a rare option but may be found at some schools, 6 to 8 month programs are more common. There are even some degree programs available and they take 2-4 years to complete. It really just depends on how specialized you want your skills to be.

Become a Licensed Massage Therapist

An accredited massage therapy training program is a must, since massage therapists need to be licensed in most of the states. There are different sets of requirements in each state but all states do require that you pass the MBLEx exam.

How much does licensed massage therapist training cost?

Massage therapy school averages between 600-750 hours and the bottom line cost of a massage therapist education is approximately $9,000-$15,000. If you go to a community college, the cost of the course runs on par with the school’s tuition per credit hour, but private massage therapy schools will have different prices.

Massage therapy school prices can range anywhere between $6-$17 per hour of class time with an average of $9-$10/hour of education. The shorter the massage therapy program is, the less it will cost. Some programs do include the cost of the chair or table which runs around $500.

You can find your state requirements by clicking your state link here. On desktop the info is in the sidebar, on mobile it’s near the bottom of the page. If you think becoming a massage therapist is a good career choice for you, search for an accredited massage therapy program.


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