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National Certification (Retired after Dec. 31, 2012)
The requirements to transition are as follows:
750 Hours of Total Education.
- Submit your massage therapy transcripts. If your school does not meet the 750 hour requirement, we will accept continuing education that you have completed in the past and any courses taken from an accredited college or university.
250 hours of Hands-on Work Experience.
- The work experience can be used since the time you became certified.
- These hours must be professional hands-on work performed after the therapist begins working legally within his or her state.
- 25 hours may be volunteer work.
- Maintain a Current CPR Certification.
- Copy of a Valid Government ID.
Once you have transitioned and become Board Certified, you will need to follow the Board Certification Recertification requirements (below).
Board Recertification Requirements
Once you have transitioned into Board Certification, the new renewal period is 24 CEs and 100 hours of hands-on work experience in a two year period.
- Pass a Thorough National Background Check.
Maintain a Current CPR Certification.
- Hours for CPR training may not be counted toward your 24 hours of Continuing Education required for recertification.
- Re-affirm Commitment to the NCBTMB Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
- Re-affirm Commitment to the NCBTMB Anti-Trafficking Pledge.
100 Hours of Documented, Hands-on Work Experience. This may include:
- Massage Therapy and/or Bodywork (all types, including Energy work)
- Teaching/Teaching Assistant
- Curriculum Development
24 Hours of Continuing Education Classes:
- 3 hours of the 24 hours must be in research.
- 3 hours of the 24 hours must be in ethics.
- No more than 4 hours of the 24 hours may be in self-care.
NCBTMB does not accept rollover continuing education hours from previous recertification periods. Recertification continuing education hours must be completed between the immediate previous and next recertification date.
Duplicate Continuing Education Courses
NCBTMB will only accept the submission of a specific course once during the same recertification period. Submission of the same course twice during the same recertification period will not be accepted. It is understandable that individuals may not completely grasp all information of a modality in one class so we encourage massage therapists to take additional review courses in any subject they would like, to fully grasp and digest the material. Please do not submit duplicate classes within the same recertification period.
Submitting different levels of a specific modality during one recertification period is perfectly acceptable. An example of this would be a modality that is taught in levels (level 1, level 2, level 3, etc...) or in terms of beginner, intermediate and advanced, etc...
Board Approved Continuing Education Providers