Certification & Regulations


Washington State Regulations for Equine Massage Licensing Programs: WA State requires a licensure, “Large Animal Endorsement”, from the Department of Health, Board of Massage and the course of study being from an approved WA State recognized school, in order to practice equine massage. Out of state students will receive a certification of completion from Langley Equine Studies, LLC upon graduation. Each State’s laws governing equine massage differ. This program is based on WA State Approved Massage School requirements, set forth by the Department of Health Board of Massage. WA State requires current WA State Licensed Massage (human) Practitioners (LMP), wanting to add the Large Animal Endorsement, to their existing license, to receive 100 hours of equine massage course study and from an approved WA State School. For students who do not have a human license (LMP), but want to receive an equine endorsement, 300 hours course study is required from an approved WA State School in order to practice equine massage as a vocation in WA State.

There are 3 steps in obtaining your license:

  1. Attend and graduate from Langley Equine Studies which is an approved school
  2. Pass the NBCAAM exam (NBCAAM – National Board for Certification of Animal Acupressure & Massage)
  3. Apply and obtain your license/certificate from the DOH Board of Massage

National Board of Certification for Animal Accupressure and Massage
Washington State Department of Health Animal Massage