| License Description|
A. An applicant seeking initial certification shall submit a completed application and required fee and verification of meeting the requirements of ?54.1-3029 A of the Code of Virginia as follows:
1. Is at least 18 years old;
2. Has successfully completed a minimum of 500 hours of training from a massage therapy program, certified or approved by the State Council of Higher Education; or an agency in another state, the District of Columbia or a United States territory that approves educational programs, notwithstanding the provisions of ?22.1-320 of the Code of Virginia;
3. Has passed the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage, the Licensing Examination of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, or an exam deemed acceptable to the board; and
4. Has not committed any acts or omissions that would be grounds for disciplinary action or denial of certification as set forth in ?54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia and 18VAC90-50-90.
B. No application for certification under provisions of ?54.1-3029 B of the Code of Virginia shall be considered unless submitted prior to July 1, 1998.
C. An applicant who has been licensed or certified in another country and who, in the opinion of the board, meets the educational requirements shall take and pass the national certifying examination as required in subsection A of this section in order to become certified.