Massage Therapy Schools

Unless exempt, an individual or entity who provides at a minimum the course of instruction required for licensure to one or more students constitutes a massage therapy educational program and must obtain a massage school license.

To obtain a massage school license, a completed application on a TDLR-approved form must be submitted with the required application fee of $1,500 and the following documentation:

  • Lease agreement
  • Detailed floor plan
  • Inventory
  • Adequate equipment in good working order
  • Financial statements or documents to sufficiently demonstrate financial stability and a capability to fulfill the training commitments (in accordance with 16 TAC §117)
  • Any additional required documentation for initial application

Each massage school that operates a massage therapy educational program must follow the curriculum outline prescribed by TDLR for the minimum 500-hour supervised course of instruction.

TDLR must conduct an inspection of a massage school before the school can begin operation. No massage school may be operated, instruction given, or student solicited or enrolled at any location which has not been approved by TDLR.

Each massage school location must be maintained in accordance with applicable state and local sanitary or health codes and regulations. (in accordance with 16 TAC §117)

The massage school license must be displayed in an appropriate and public manner at the location of the educational program.

Notice for All Schools and Educational Programs Licensed by TDLR

As of September 1, 2017, House Bill 1508 requires that all entities providing educational or instructional programs that prepare a student for an occupation or vocation requiring a TDLR license to:

    1. Inform the student or program participant that eligibility for a TDLR license could be affected by the person’s criminal history;
    2. Notify students and participants that TDLR is responsible for having in place guidelines regarding a license applicant's criminal history, and to include information on an applicant's ability to be licensed under those guidelines;
    3. Provide students with information on other state or local restrictions that would affect the student’s eligibility for an occupational license issued by TDLR;
    4. Inform students of the student's right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from TDLR;
    5. Provide all persons who enroll in their program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. 

An educational entity or training program operator who fails to provide this information to a person who is enrolled in their course may be liable for tuition or application fees paid by any student who is denied a TDLR license due to the existence of a criminal conviction.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Why does my school need to provide this notice?
During the 85th Legislative Session, the Legislature passed House Bill 1508 that requires notice be provided to students in an educational program that prepares individuals for issuance of an occupational license. House Bill 1508 takes effect on September 1, 2017. (Chapter 53, Texas Occupations Code). Entities and schools that provide educational programs to prepare an individual for issuance of an initial occupational license must provide this notice.

2. What information should the notice include?
Section 53.152 of the Occupations Code requires entities or schools to notify each applicant to and enrollee in the educational program of the following information:

(1)  the potential ineligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for issuance of an occupational license after completion of the educational program;

(2)  the current criminal history guidelines issued under Section 53.025, Occupations Code, by any licensing authority that may issue an occupational license to an individual who completes the educational program;

(3)  any other state or local restriction or guideline used by a licensing authority described by Subdivision (2) to determine the eligibility of an individual who has been convicted of an offense for an occupational license issued by the licensing authority; and

(4)  the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter under Section 53.102, Occupations Code.

3. Who needs to receive this notice?
House Bill 1508 requires notice to each enrollee in and applicant to an educational program. Notice must be provided to individuals who are enrolled in an educational program subject to the notice requirement on or after September 1, 2017, and to individuals who apply for enrollment in the program on or after September 1, 2017.

4. How do we provide this notice?
Each entity or school required to provide notice is responsible for determining how best to provide the notice information to applicants and enrollees. TDLR has developed a suggested notice and acknowledgement form to provide guidance on how to provide this information. The form is available for download.

5. What happens if this notice is not provided?
If TDLR determines that the entity or school providing the educational program failed to provide the notice required by Section 53.152, Occupations Code, to an individual entitled to receive the notice and that individual was denied a license because the individual has been convicted of an offense, the law requires TDLR to order the entity or school to:

(1)  refund the amount of any tuition paid by the individual to the entity or school; and

(2)  pay to the individual an amount equal to the total of the following, as applicable:

(A)  the amount of any application fees paid by the individual to TDLR; and

(B)  the amount of any examination fees paid by the individual to TDLR or an examination provider approved by TDLR.

6. Do these requirements apply only to programs regulated by TDLR?
No.  House Bill 1508 requires all entities or schools that provide educational or training programs that prepare students for occupations that require an occupational license to provide the notice to its enrollees and persons who apply for enrollment in the programs. The information given here simply refers to schools and entities regulated by TDLR.  For information regarding a school or educational entity not regulated by TDLR, refer to the agencies that regulate those particular programs.