Hawaii Massage therapy License Application – CPR training requirement achieved painlessly

Hawaii Massage therapy License Application – CPR training requirement achieved painlessly.


Hawaii Massage Therapists are licensed through the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. If you are a prospective Hawaii Massage Therapy License applicant, the branch you are looking for is Professional and Vocational Licensing (PVL).  DCCA Oahu Office, where you can pick/drop off that Massage Therapy License application to become the coveted LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist), is in downtown Honolulu just a few blocks from offices of Fast CPR.  Fast CPR is a Hawaii based non-profit organization teaching CPR classes, helping Hawaii Massage Therapists get the correct CPR card that is on that DCCA Massage Therapy License Application.

Avoiding headache:  Little CPR Training Detail on the DCCA Application for Massage Therapists:

If you are a massage therapist looking to get CPR training in Hawaii to meet your DCCA Licensing requirements there is a wording on the application, if not understood correctly, may cause delays and loss of funds to the Hawaii Massage Therapy Applicant.  At the time of writing of this blog, the question number four on the Hawaii DCCA application for Massage License asks:

“Do you hold a current Adult and Infant CPR training card from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association?”


Simple enough right?  What can go wrong?

On this question you have the option to pick a Yes or a No.  But if you pick the No, you have the option to go through more processes, delays and steps to prove whichever card you show to DCCA will do.  Notice the application does not say “Do you hold a meets the guidelines of these organizations mentioned on the application type of card,” “With a similar logo on it type of card,” “etc.  Because, there are thousands of those cards out there, for dime a dozen on the internet, that you don’t need for your Hawaii Massage License.

Training Industry 101:

That CPR card that they refer to in the DCCA Massage License paperwork is actually a specific product manufactured and then distributed through specific channels.  It is one brand of card or the other they are asking for.  As a Hawaii Massage Therapy License Applicant, you should be aware that, product (i.e.. training card DCCA is asking you for), is Not purchased and distributed to students by everybody and their mother on the internet.  It only just seems like it is purchased and distributed by everybody and their mother on the internet, and only when you do an internet search looking for CPR training in Hawaii.  But you are not the only one facing this issue, many professions in Hawaii are affected by this.


Problem Local Hawaii Massage Therapists Face due to intentionally created internet confusion:

If you are a Hawaii massage therapist there are thousands of websites on the internet promising you that you can get a CPR card simply by watching some videos and just by clicking your mouse in the convenience of your Hawaii residence, all done in while you are in your pyjamas, without even having to put on rubber slippers to go out.  Sounds like a good deal?  Almost like “Lose weight while you sleep” kind of deal, right? But here is the losing hand you are dealt with as a Hawaii Massage License Applicant if you go their route:

  • You end up losing time and money on the online-only class.
  • You lose time in getting your Massage License application processed.

Those type of cards just mentioned, everybody and their mother sells on the internet through “All done online” courses will Not meet Hawaii Massage Therapist Licensing requirement!  Here is why:  Remember, what you are required to show on the Licensing Application is a specific branded product, other people that train you have purchased through specific distribution channels.  That card product is given to you after you receive a specific training curriculum.  You receive it most likely along with other branded products folks bought, and it took more branded educational products for folks to teach your class.  That was on top of every other cost it took to teach that class.  So, your real class, that meets the DCCA Massage Therapy License CPR card requirement, definitely does not cost the price of the Local Plate Lunch.  It is not available everywhere like mac salad next to the rice.


Moral of the story:

In the training industry, training folks in a classroom are hard work and it takes a lot of real human labour and resources.  Not everybody has the patience, training industry background, talent and resources to fill the seats of a real CPR classroom and really dish out that training like a champion.  It is much easier to offer a fully online course, and make it look like it is all the same stuff, trying to capture a training industry market share, without spending a dime on expensive equipment, facilities, support and labour costs involved in delivering training.   It is all done simply through website names that sounds like the two major brands of cards listed on the various applications.  There are thousands of websites, pushing “All done online” courses at ridiculously low prices in Hawaii from across the world.  These websites are trying to appeal to the Hawaii Massage Therapists trying to turn in their application and meet the Hawaii Massage Therapy License requirement.   A lot of Hawaii Massage Therapists lose time and money on these courses they have finished all online, without even doing a single compression on a CPR manikin. In the end when it is said and done, basically that “All online” course looked like it was going to meet the requirements, but simply didn’t. It is very frustrating for folks, understandably so.  But it’s the reality of life.


Where to go for help:

You need a training industry ally on your side.  Fast CPR is a Hawaii Based non-profit organization dedicated to helping Hawaii’s Massage Therapists, along with other Hawaii Licensed Professionals, meet their training requirements in CPR.  The Fast CPR training facility is in Downtown Honolulu.  Yes, it is a real brick and mortar place with first-rate staff and the best equipment.  CPR instruction conducted is through real in-person classes, using real trainers, real equipment and real resources to help you learn, pass the requirements and get that CPR card.   The organization’s goal is to improve Hawaii’s Health, Safety and Employment outlook.  It is best to work with people who care if you meet your employment objective to become a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Hawaii.

Fast CPR.  The fair advantage that comes from serving others:

Don’t tell anybody, its a secret!  But the training industry is a Service industry!   You do want the right brand listed on that Hawaii Massage License paperwork, while still getting trained by the right people that can get the job done.   Part of being a Kama’aina in Hawaii is that you know where to go and who to trust.  Trust is built over time.  Fast CPR trainers have been at it for 20 years in Hawaii teaching these classes.  Yes, when you do take that class at Fast CPR downtown Honolulu Facility and pass it, you do meet your Hawaii Massage License Application CPR card requirement.  Here is the CPR class schedule.

What to do after Getting your CPR card at Fast CPR in Downtown Honolulu: 

At Fast CPR, once the class is passed, you are ready to go.  So, with the CPR card in hand stride on over to the DCCA licensing office! Many local massage therapists book a CPR class at Fast CPR’s downtown Honolulu facility at 1188 Bishop Street suite 1110, train at the facility, pass the requirements, get their card on the spot and simply walk over to the DCCA/PVL office on 335 Merchant Street and turn in their paperwork along with the fee required to get their Hawaii Massage Therapy License.

Good Luck.  Once you get that Hawaii Massage License sky is the limit to how far you can go with your career.  But the sky is the limit in any profession only if you help others along the way.


This blog is presented for information purposes only to help Hawaii Massage Therapy License Applicants succeed.  It is intended for those applying for a Hawaii Massage License or those renewing it. Brands mentioned in this blog belong to their respective owners.


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