Objective and Function

The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Massage and Bodywork is to protect the public from unsafe practices and practices which tend to reduce competition or fix prices for services. The Board must also maintain standards of professional competence

and service delivery. To meet these objectives, the Board

  • develops standards for professional competency
  • promulgates rules and regulations
  • adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.

The Board issues licenses to massage therapists and certifications to massage technicians. It also issues temporary certifications to massage technicians.

The Board's statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 53.


The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m., with the exception of July and December. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover.

To ensure that business (such as a license application) is on the agenda for the Board's consideration at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the meeting date.



NEW CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Starting with the 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2016 licensure period, Certified Massage Technicians as well as Licensed Massage Therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE) unless licensed or certified fewer than 12 months before the 8/31 expiration date. For complete information on CE requirements, see Section 9.0 of the Rules and Regulations.

TRANSITION TO MBLEx: Starting 11/1/2014, the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) is the only examination available to new applicants for Massage Therapist licensure. The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is no longer accepting licensure exam applications. However, if you have already passed the NCBTMB exam, you may still use the NCBTMB scores to qualify for licensure. For information on applying for licensure, see Massage Therapist. For background on the exam transition, see FSMTB and NCBTMB Reach Agreement.

Phone - Fax - Email
(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711

Mailing address:
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904