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A Higher Credential is Needed in the Industry
Board Certification Creates a New Standard
- Represents the highest standard in the field
- Communicates a commitment to safe, ethical practice
- Provides a competitive edge
- Gains visibility and credibility
- Increases employment opportunities within/between states
- Reassures clients and employers that you are committed to excellence in your professional development and conduct
- Includes a listing in NCBTMB’s Find a Practitioner resource
- Will be highly promoted and publicized—at the individual and collective levels—by NCBTMB
- Reinforces and underscores practitioners as healthcare providers on par with other professionals requiring certification
- Requirements for this credential were established by practitioners within the field to uphold a high standard of excellence. For more information read the Massage Therapists Job Analysis Study
How to Achieve Board Certification
There are two ways to achieve the Board Certification credential.
- Meet the requirements below or
- Keep an active National Certification through timely recertifications and meet the requirements below. In this case, you may be able to transition to the Board Certification credential without taking the new exam.
Board Certification Requirements
Pass the Board Certification exam (The exam may be taken twice within a six-month period, with a 45-day wait between sittings.)
- $250 for new applicants
- $225 for applicants who have taken an NCBTMB test for state licensure
Complete a minimum of 750 hours of education
- Hours completed in your massage therapy program (required)
- Continuing Education taken from an NCBTMB Approved Provider
- ANY courses taken from ANY accredited college or university
- Complete 250 hours of professional hands-on experience over no less than six months from graduation
- Pass a thorough national background check
- Obtain a current CPR certification
- Affirm their commitment to the NCBTMB Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
- Commit to opposing Human Trafficking
*** The Board Certification Credential does not accept transcripts or allow education from a school whose NCBTMB assigned school code was not in good standing with NCBTMB as of January 01, 2013.
*** NCBTMB reserves the right to deny, revoke or suspend a school’s NCBTMB Assigned School Code if that school is not meeting current NCBTMB standards and requirements. These actions may affect an applicant’s ability to meet the educational requirements of Board Certification.