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How much training does it take to become a massage therapist in Hawaii

Tourism in Hawaii has seen an all-time high, as far as visitors and the money they're spending in the state of Hawaii. In June of 2010, the Hawaii Tourism Authority reported that the number of visitors to the "Aloha State" in the past year had increased by 13.6 percent. The total spending increased impressively, as well with a major jump in tourist spending from $131.7 million last year (2009) to $948.9 million. In addition, in the summer of 2010, daily spending in the state of Hawaii was up $10 (from $151 in 2009 to $161 in 2010). Let's also not forget about the increase to the state's "permanent population" either, Hawaii's population continues to grow, and so does the clientele for a licensed massage therapist in the state, as well.

There's no denying the fact that the millions of tourists who frequented Hawaii's spas and hotels took time out to relax and enjoy a soothing massage. Providing service to this fun and easy "vacation-minded" clientele is likely to appeal to residents all across the islands of Hawaii. Learn more about training to become a massage therapist in Hawaii.

The following requirements are regulated by the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy (Dept. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs) and are required for individuals wishing to train to become a certified or licensed massage therapist in the state of Hawaii.

Education

Students need to complete 570 hours of coursework, fieldwork and training at a school that has been approved by the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy (visit the Hawaii State Board of Massage Therapy website for information about an MT apprenticeship - $50 fee).

Application/License

The application fee for individuals applying to become a massage therapist in Hawaii is $50 and obtaining a license costs an additional $25.

Exam

While most states require certified or licensed MTs to take a nationally administered test, the state of Hawaii only requires MTs in training to pass a state exam in order to earn their certification as a massage therapist in Hawaii.

Renewal

Many regulated states require a set number of CEU hours or continued education unit hours. The state of Hawaii, however, does not require MTs within the state to complete CEU hours in order to renew their license. There is a renewal fee, in this state in the amount of $25.00 per renewal.

Regardless of where you choose to work as an MT in Hawaii, whether you decide to open up your own practice, or work for a spa, resort, hospital, university athletic center -- it helps to have connections with associations that are linked to your profession (this can be especially helpful for networking purposes and building clientele). Thankfully, Hawaii offers networking options to massage therapists through two primary organizations. The well-known AMTA has a local chapter located in Kailua, Hawaii (contact the AMTA by visiting their website:( http://amtahi.org )