Recertification Requirements

All recertification will be accomplished through the online Career Management System.  If you have not already done so, you will need to create an account on our Career Management System.

National Certification (Retired after Dec. 31, 2012) 

Please note that the National Certification credential was retired as of December 31, 2012. If you recertified this credential before that date, it can be maintained through the earlier of your expiration date or December 31, 2016.
Current Nationally Certified Practitioners will need to transition to Board Certification by their expiration date. Download your Transition Checklist here, or simply follow the steps below.

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.
  • $85.

Once you have transitioned and become Board Certified, you will need to follow the Board Certification Recertification requirements (below).


Board Certification Recertification (Effective as of January 1, 2013)

Recertification is a vital part of how we maintain the ongoing integrity of the NCBTMB credential and you affirm your commitment to lifelong learning, an essential component. NCBTMB Board Certified practitioners must renew their certification every two years. 

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.

To recertify as a Board Certified Massage Therapist, the requirements are as follows: 
  • 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)
    • Volunteerism
    • Administration
    • Teaching/Teaching Assistant
    • Curriculum Development
    • Writing/Publishing
    • Research
  • 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.
  • $85
NOTE: You may submit your 24 hours of Continuing Education, as well as your 100 hours of hands-on work experience for recertification up to one year prior to your certification expiration date.

Rollover Hours

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

Continuing Education courses will only be accepted from an NCBTMB Approved Provider or an NCBTMB Board Approved Continuing Education Provider. Search for NCBTMB Board-Approved CE Providers by number, name, title, keyword, state or category.



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