Continuing Education Providers

Continuing education is a vital part of certification programs designed to credential professionals across the United States—and Board Certification is no different. Over a decade ago, NCBTMB established its Approved Provider (AP) program to serve as a key component of its massage therapy and bodywork credential. The principal intent of the AP program was to ensure that certificants had access to reliable, credible, high-quality continuing education throughout their careers. By obtaining continuing education (CE), a practitioner demonstrates a personal and public commitment to enhance continued competence in the massage and/or bodywork profession, which is why it continues to play such a critical role in NCBTMB’s certification program.

Additionally, continuing education plays a critical role in NCBTMB’s recertification program. In fact, Board Certified practitioners recertify every two years, and are required to earn 24 credits from an NCBTMB Approved Provider within that two-year period. This ensures that Certificants receive quality instruction of the highest standards.

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What is the purpose of Continuing Education?

Today in the United States relative to the massage and bodywork profession, a 500 hour (or more) core curriculum of entry level education is delivered to teach basic anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathologies of the body’s systems. It also incorporates entry-level bodywork, stress management, business, ethics and other types of modalities to gain students’ interests about the holistic realm. Upon demonstrated mastery of this information, along with hands on skills, an entry level massage therapist is judged to be competent to safely administer one to one hour and a half of full body massage.

This is simply the beginning of a therapist’s professional journey, a journey that must include some component of continued learning in both the educational and clinical (hands on) realms. In other words, an entry-level practitioner must do more to learn, retain and operationalize the necessary skills to maintain continued growth, awareness and professional competency, in addition to remaining vital and competitive within the profession.

Continuing education is one of the generally accepted methods which professionals and regulatory agencies use to ensure a therapist refines and builds on entry-level skills. It also is a means by which the larger health care and consumer communities can be assured that therapists maintain psychological, educational and professional high intentions in areas of ethical and operational excellence.

The purpose of continuing education is, more specifically, to:

  • detour the development of bad habits
  • acquire knowledge of more advanced modalities
  • learn effective new techniques
  • increase Practitioners’ awareness of other holistic modalities
  • continue to increase basic, intermediate and advanced skills
  • develop successful business/marketing methods and tools
  • refine massage therapists’/bodyworkers’ ethical behavior and standards of practice with clientele
  • discourage burnout due to repetitive bodywork
  • increase massage therapists’/ bodyworkers’ knowledge of medical and holistic practices, psychology, science and massage therapy
  • assist therapists, through additional knowledge and strengthened techniques, in remaining competitive within the marketplace
What is an NCBTMB Board Approved Continuing Education Provider?

An NCBTMB Board Approved Continuing Education Provider, commonly referred to simply as an Approved Provider, is a continuing education instructor who has exhibited quality instruction of the highest standards throughout the massage therapy and bodywork profession.

Board Certificants are must recertify every two years, and are required to earn 24 credits from an NCBTMB Approved Provider within that two-year period.

What are the requirements to become an Approved Provider?

Once you, the massage therapist, masters a modality or subject, the next progressive step is to become an Approved Provider. You must have full knowledge of the course you wishes to teach and also have the necessary documentation created before teaching the course, including:

  • Course description
  • Learning outcomes
  • Syllabi/outline of course

Before submitting an application to NCBTMB for approval, you must have taught the course at least one time within the last year to a group of five or more participants. You must provide the participants with an evaluation requesting feedback on the course, instruction and material. You may retrieve an evaluation form here.

How do I apply to become an Approved Provider?

To apply to become an NCBTMB Approved Provider, it is first important to understand if you will be applying as an individual, organization, or as part of a tradeshow/conference.

Individual

An individual is defined as one instructor teaching courses. This instructor can have help (assistants) in the classroom and administrative help but is the only person that teaches under the Approved Provider Individual status.

Organization

An organization is defined as two or more instructors that work under one entity. An organization must have a primary contact person that oversees the entire Approved Provider Organization, its instructors, courses, certificates, rules and procedures and all other aspects of the organization.

Conference/Tradeshow

An organization holding a conference with four or more instructors may complete the Conference/Tradeshow portion of the Interim Course Submission form, rather than submitting each course for the conference. The provider will submit the marketing information for the course and list which instructors are currently NCBTMB Approved Providers and which are non-NCBTMB Approved Provider. Once this is complete, have each non-Approved Provider submit his/her qualification to teach, along with the courses that each teaches on the Instructor Qualifications form.

ALL: Follow the steps listed below to apply to become an Approved Provider:

  • Go to www.NCBTMB.org and at the top of the page click “Register.”
  • Create a profile and click submit.
  • You will receive an account authorization email.
    • Copy the code found in the email, click the link within the email and paste the code into the box.
  • Create a username and password.
  • Verify all of your personal information.
    • Click the “Verify” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Click “Complete a Form” on the left hand side of the page.
  • Open the “Approved Provider Initial Application” link.
    • Complete all of the information and click submit.
  • If applying as an organization, please review the “Organization Check of Sheet.”
  • To review the fee structure, open the Approved Provider Fees and Costs page.
  • To review course guidelines and criteria, open the Continuing Education Course Criteria page.
  • To review administrative requirements, open the Administrative Requirements of Approved Providers page.

For any additional questions on becoming an NCBTMB Approved Provider, or on the application process, please call 1-800-296-0664 or email ce@ncbtmb.org.

Who do I contact at NCBTMB if I have questions about becoming an Approved Provider?

For any additional questions on becoming an NCBTMB Approved Provider, or on the application process, please call 1-800-296-0664 or email ce@ncbtmb.org.

Where can I read the Approved Provider Code of Conduct?

The NCBTMB Approved Provider Code of Conduct is as follows:

As an applicant for approval, I/our organization agree(s) to:

  1. Provide accurate information to the NCBTMB in all transactions to the best of our knowledge.
  2. Assure that course credits are awarded only to certificants who successfully complete the course according to the published requirements.
  3. Conduct the operations and programs in an ethical manner that respects the rights and worth of the clients we serve.
  4. Use and display the provider statement and logo according to the NCBTMB requirements.
  5. Furnish requested information, work cooperatively with the NCBTMB and pay fees in a timely manner.
  6. Accept that the NCBTMB audits courses for purposes of compliance with the criteria.
  7. After due review and comment period, abide by any revisions of the criteria or inform the NCBTMB of any intention to withdraw providership.
  8. Maintain compliance with the NCBTMB’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and policies and procedures.
  9. Adhere to the NCBTMB criteria/standards or relinquish the NCBTMB approval status after due process.
  10. Report to the NCBTMB within thirty (30) days any major organizational or program change that impacts the operation of the administrative unit on which provider approval is based.
What is the NCBTMB Approved Provider Program?

Continuing education is a vital part of certification programs designed to credential professionals across the United States—and Board Certification is no different. Over a decade ago, NCBTMB established its Approved Provider (AP) program to serve as a key component of its massage therapy and bodywork credential. The principal intent of the AP program was to ensure that certificants had access to reliable, credible, high-quality continuing education throughout their careers. By obtaining continuing education (CE), a practitioner demonstrates a personal and public commitment to enhance continued competence in the massage and/or bodywork profession, which is why it continues to play such a critical role in NCBTMB’s certification program.

NCBTMB recognizes its obligation to continue serving the profession by encouraging the personal and professional development of practitioners across the country. As the massage and bodywork professions mature, continuing education must also evolve. With this in mind, NCBTMB has reassessed the national AP/CE program and the evolutionary role it must play as massage continues to advance.

NCBTMB recognizes the critical need to ensure relevant and credible continuing education. The profession must define, differentiate and identify the educational level of the wide variety of modalities and subjects that practitioners study. Mature, advanced massage therapists desire access to accomplished instructors teaching appropriately advanced material. Conversely, recent graduates may need basic classes to refine newly acquired skills.

What is the purpose of the Approved Provider Program?

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) administers a certification program, Board Certification, accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Continuing education is a vital part of certification programs designed to credential professionals across the United States. Over a decade ago, the NCBTMB established its Approved Provider (AP) program to serve as a key component of its massage therapy and bodywork credential. The principal intent of the AP program was to ensure that certificants had access to reliable, credible, high-quality continuing education throughout their careers. By obtaining continuing education (CE), a practitioner demonstrates a personal and public commitment to enhance continued competence in the massage and/or bodywork profession, which is why it continues to play such a critical role in NCBTMB’s certification program.

NCBTMB recognizes its obligation to continue serving the profession by encouraging the personal and professional development of practitioners across the country. As the massage and bodywork professions mature, continuing education must also evolve. With this in mind, NCBTMB has reassessed the national AP/CE program and the evolutionary role it must play as massage continues to advance.

As in all aspects within the health and wellness continuum, nothing stays constant. What worked for massage therapy over a decade ago when the national CE program was emerging will no longer serve the profession today as we continue to advance into the future. More than ever, members of the public and healthcare professionals alike seek options - new ideas and answers to the age old question of how to better improve quality of life. For our profession to play a part, it must step up to the plate and evolve as well.

NCBTMB recognizes the critical need to ensure relevant and credible continuing education. The profession must define, differentiate and identify the educational level of the wide variety of modalities and subjects that practitioners study. Mature, advanced massage therapists desire access to accomplished instructors teaching appropriately advanced material. Conversely, recent graduates may need basic classes to refine newly acquired skills.

What are the objectives of the Approved Provider Program?

The primary objectives of the Approved Provider Program are to:

  • fulfill the roles, requirements and needs of Board Certification pursuant to its mission and purpose
  • be a model that state boards, peer organizations, continuing education providers, certificants, schools, can acknowledge, support and when applicable, emulate
  • utilize the knowledge of our educational leaders throughout the profession in concert to reflect the needs of the industry at large
  • further the knowledge of our massage therapists throughout the country
Why was the old Approved Provider Program revised?

In May of 2011, NCBTMB Board members and staff met with the massage therapy industry leaders, peer organization, Approved Providers, state Board Members, school owners and certificants to discuss the weaknesses of the Approved Provider program. All of the participants shared their experiences, visions and future needs of the Approved Provider Program. This meeting revealed that many aspects of the Approved Provider Program were in need of improvement.

NCBTMB Board Members continued to speak to massage therapists and providers, along with other medical professional, listening to each person’s concerns. Research on other medical professions’ continuing education programs was also performed; dissected and best practices from these programs were implemented into the current Approved Provider Program.

Once the program was written, a call for comment went out to NCBTMB Approved providers and schools. The feedback from these participants was received and evaluated. The revised program is the end result of listening to the profession. All feedback was incorporated to complete this project.

What does the future of the Approved Provider Program look like?

This program will continue to evolve with the profession. Within the Holistic realm there are many different modalities accepted for CE that are within the massage therapist’s scope of practice. NCBTMB does accept a wide variety of categories and will work with professionals, other peer organizations and state boards to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the profession.

Continuous upgrades of this program will be implemented as needed in the future. NCBTMB will be considering new processes that will help therapists and the profession grow.

RENEWING CE PROVIDER STATUS

How do I renew my Approved Provider status?

All Approved Providers are valid for a three-year period. Once your three-year period is up, you will need to resubmit the same documents, and follow the same protocol, as you did when you first applied.

As a reminder, follow the steps listed below to reapply to become an Approved Provider:

  • Go to www.NCBTMB.org and at the top of the page click “Register.”
  • Create a profile and click submit.
  • You will receive an account authorization email.
    • Copy the code found in the email, click the link within the email and paste the code into the box.
  • Create a username and password.
  • Verify all of your personal information.
    • Click the “Verify” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Click “Complete a Form” on the left hand side of the page.
  • Open the “Approved Provider Initial Application” link.
    • Complete all of the information and click submit.
  • To review the fee structure, open the Approved Provider Fees and Costs page.
  • To review course guidelines and criteria, open the Continuing Education Course Criteria page.
  • To review administrative requirements, open the Administrative Requirements of Approved Providers page.

For any additional questions, please call 1-800-296-0664 or email ce@ncbtmb.org.

How much does it cost to apply for or to renew my Approved Provider status?

All Approved Providers are valid for three-years from the date NCBTMB approves your application. Costs for first-time applicants, as well as renewal applicants, are the same:

  • Individual providers cost $225 to apply/reapply
  • Organizations and conference/tradeshow providers cost $450 apply/reapply

First-Time and Renewal Applicants

  • The Approved Provider Application fee to both apply and renew is $225 (Individuals) and $450 (Organizations and Conference/Tradeshow Providers) for a three year period.
  • Each separate course submission for an Individual or Organization Approved Provider is $25.
  • Multiple courses that contain information about the same modality, working with different areas of the body are considered the same course.
  • Courses that are taught for different amounts of CEs due to teaching for different venues are considered one course.
  • Courses that are taught at different levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) are considered one course.
  • The application is equipped to list a primary course and the different courses that may be segmented out of the primary course.
  • Organizations that hold a conference or tradeshow with four or more instructors must submit $100 for the review of the conference or tradeshow.
  • All organizations that only hold conferences or tradeshows will submit $100 for the review of the instructors and courses being taught for the conference/tradeshow.

New Course Submissions

  • Each separate course submission for an Individual or Organization Approved Provider is $25.
  • There will be an additional $25 per three-year renewal charge associated with Approved Providers that want to be sponsored by NCBTMB to teach New York LMTs.
    • NY will only accept CEs from a CE Provider that NY approves or that is sponsored by an entity that has been approved by the NY Board. NCBTMB is a New York approved Sponsor and will pass this sponsorship to its Approved Providers.
What are NCBTMB’s registration, cancellation, and refund policies?

Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies:

  • All Approved Providers are required to have written policies regarding the registration, cancellation, and refund of your courses. The explanation should be easily accessible and include:
    • How participants are registered
    • Deadlines for registration
    • Payment and fee information
    • Cancellation policy
    • Refund policy

CE COURSE GUIDELINES

What are the Continuing Education Course Criteria?

Continuing education courses must exceed a basic 500-hour core program. Continuing education courses that contain core curriculum content will not be accepted. The criterion by which the NCBTMB determines a course to be continuing education in scope is that it covers material not usually taught in the core 500-hour curriculum. However, it is understood that reviewing information that may have been taught in core curriculum may be necessary to move forward within the course. This is acceptable as long as the primary portion of the course is of a more advanced nature.

500 hours administered by NCBTMB break down as follows:

  • 125 hours of instruction in the body’s systems and anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
  • 200 hours of in-class, supervised hands-on instruction in massage and bodywork assessment, theory, and application instruction
  • 40 hours of pathology
  • 10 hours of business and ethics instruction (a minimum of 6 hours in ethics)
  • 125 hours of instruction in an area or related field that theoretically completes your massage program of study

Continuing education courses must expand and enhance the knowledge base of NCBTMB participants by addressing not only soft tissue manipulation, energy fields, body movement, and business practices, but also acknowledge and demonstrate a holistic approach to the care of the client and self with the ethical use of adjunct therapies and modalities that impact and support a level of wellness of the body, mind, and spirit

Acceptable course content includes but is not limited to:

  • applications of massage and bodywork therapy for specific needs, conditions, or client populations
  • client assessment protocols, skills for client record keeping, strategies for interfacing with other health care providers
  • use of external agents such as water, light, sound, heat, cold, or topical applications of plant or mineral-based substances
  • body-centered or somatic psychology, psychophysiology, interpersonal skills – which may include communication skills, boundary functions, phenomena of transference, counter-transference and projection
  • standards of practice, professional ethics or state laws
  • strategies for the marketing of massage and bodywork therapy practices
  • theory or practice for ergonomics as applied to therapists or clients
  • hygiene, methods of infectious disease control, organization and management of the treatment environment
  • the use of massage therapy tools and their specific needs (tools may not be sold during class time and the instructor must be able to supply students with the tools during class)
  • working with the muscles within the oral cavity for specific treatments, i.e. working on the masseter muscle in conjunction with TMJ Disorder
Does NCBTMB accept advanced science courses?

NCBTMB will accept continuing education hours from Approved Providers for advanced science courses that contain content which goes beyond the Massage Therapy Scope of Practice but may be conducive to understanding different systems of the body or human behavior more in depth.

Participation and continuing education hours awarded for completion of the above mentioned course are strictly for the advanced development and understanding in interdisciplinary practices. Massage therapists are only allowed to practice within their professional Scope of Practice, and any skills learned in this course are for further development purposes and should not be practiced professionally.

Massage therapists who wish to take these courses may with the understanding that the information was approved by NCBTMB to strengthen the therapist’s knowledge of human science. Massage therapists caught practicing advanced modalities or advising clients in practices that are outside of the massage therapy scope of practice can lose their Board Certification and massage therapy license.

To practice the information learned within advanced science courses, a massage therapist must take additional education and earn a degree in the subject matter.

Approved Providers teaching these courses shall divulge this information to any and all massage therapists taking their courses.

What does NCBTMB deem inappropriate course content?

Inappropriate content includes but is not limited to:

  • diagnoses (allopathic-based) of clinical conditions
  • implementation of allopathic medical/surgical procedures
  • physically invasive modalities, e.g., ear candles, intra-anal, intra-vaginal modalities, etc…
  • incorporation of chiropractic/osteopathic, e.g., ballistic, thrust oriented or other services and procedures which require additional licensure or certification, i.e., Yoga or Pilates Instructor Certification, Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Weight Training
  • prescription of herbs, nutritional supplements, and /or pharmaceuticals
    • self-care courses that include some nutritional information are acceptable but the course may not concentrate on nutrition and diet
  • performing hypnosis
  • performing an aesthetician facial or exfoliation of cells from the body
  • performing electrical stimulation, using electrical devises on clients or ultrasound of any kind
  • psychological counseling
  • psychic, clairvoyance, telepathic, astrology, religious practices
  • dry needling and acupuncture
  • breaking or removing tissue from the body

Exceptions

Courses that will be allowed only when the course is designed/outlined and titled as strictly for the therapist’s personal self-care and not to be taught to others or performed on clients.

  • Preforming active strengthening/physical training to others (acceptable for therapist’s self-care only)
  • Perform yoga/yoga teacher training programs (acceptable for therapist’s self-care only)
Are courses that promote a product acceptable?

Programs specifically designed to promote a product or commodity that must be purchased by the participant for use or resale to the public are not acceptable. If an Approved Provider does have a product or commodity for sale and wishes to share the information with the class it must be done before or after class time and attendance may not be made mandatory, nor may CEs be given for that portion of the day.

If a participant is required to use a specific device during a course, the device must be supplied by the Approved Provider during the duration of the course. Participants may not be required to purchase the device unless the requirement is posted, clearly prior to the course date.

NCBTMB does not endorse any particular products or services and the use of the trademarked NCBTMB logo in such a manner as to imply this is strictly prohibited.

What are NCBTMB’s guidelines for Home Study courses?

Home study courses are defined as a course that is taken by a participant without direct communication with the instructor. These courses are distributed via website, email or U.S. Mail by the Approved Provider to the participant. Once the participant completes the material a test must be taken and submitted back to the provider to be graded before the participant may receive a certificate. The Approved Provider must have the grading scale documented to inform the participant of the grade that must be earned before the participant passes the course.

CEs given to each participant much match the length of time it takes the average person to complete the course. NCBTMB has created minimal criteria that each home study course must pass before the course can be accepted.

  • The course content must be within the massage therapy scope of practice.
  • The course content must be more advanced than the core curriculum guidelines.
  • The course outline must fully describe the learning objectives to the participant.
  • The number of CEs must be clearly defined and each course may not over or understate the amount of CEs each course is worth.
  • 15,000 words read equals 1 CE. Providers may give additional CEs for course work completed but the course work must be previously listed.
  • According to several studies, the average reader reads approximately 250 words per minute. Some participants may read faster or slower than the average but home study courses may not be diluted to overstate the amount of CEs give for a home study course completion.
  • Approved Providers that teach courses via email or website must have contact information accessible to a participant in case technical issues arise.
  • Certificates of Achievement are given to participants who complete a home study course.
What are NCBTMB’s guidelines for Live Courses and/or Distant Learning?

Live courses are defined as courses that are taken by participants in the presence of an instructor. The instructor distributes the information to participants via lecture, video and discussions. Participants must attend 100% of the course to receive a Certificate of Completion. The instructor may wish to test students using a written exam or practical. If a test is given to participants the provider should distribute Certificates of Achievement. If the participants must sit in class for 100% of the time but no test is given, the provider should distribute Certificates of Completion.

  • The course content must be within the massage therapy scope of practice.
  • The course content must be more advanced than the core curriculum guidelines.
  • Learning objectives must be fully described and available to the participant.
  • The number of CEs must be clearly defined and each course may not over or understate the amount of CEs each course is worth.

Distant Learning is defined as courses that are held in a distant location but there is direct communication during the course between the instructor and participants. Communication between the instructor and participants may be by phone, interactive webinar or website. All of the criteria for live courses is replicated in webinars.

Can schools offer Continuing Education?

Schools that offer a core curriculum that exceeds 500 hours and covers material such as Shiatsu, Reflexology, etc., may opt to offer these courses to Nationally/Board Certified massage therapists and bodyworkers, who have not previously taken these courses during their core curriculum, as continuing education.

How do I provide a certificate for a home study, kinesthetic, or Distance Learning course?

When a participant is issued a certificate of achievement for a home study/kinesthetic or distance learning course, an evaluation of the student’s knowledge is required. The evaluation may be practical or written, at the discretion of the Approved Provider.

Your options are:

  • Written evaluation/test
    • The instructor must create a test, testing the student’s retention of the material. The student will then submit the completed test to receive a Certificate of Achievement. The grading scale must be posted so students know, in advance, the score they must achieve.
  • Practical evaluation/test
    • An Approved Provider may train proctors in different areas of the country to help test their students. Each proctor must follow the Approved Providers directions and have outlined the information the Approved Provider would like to test. Proctors and locations must be listed on the Approved Provider’s website or promotional material in advance. Once the student passes the practical evaluation the Approved Provider may distribute a Certificate of Achievement. The grading scale must be posted so students know, in advance, the score they must achieve.
How long should I maintain my student records for?

All certificates and student information must be kept for at least five years. These files may be kept electronically or in a locked file cabinet. The Approved Provider must be able to supply any person who has taken a course with additional certificates or transcripts upon request.

TOOLS

Where can I find Instructor Evaluation forms?

Evaluation forms should be given to each student/participant at the end of each course to complete and submit to the instructor. This will enable the instructor to use this feedback to strengthen weaknesses improving the quality of teaching and the course. Student evaluation forms are available on the NCBTMB website: http://www.ncbtmb.org/formstoolslogos.

What type of certificate or achievement must I provide students/participants?

At the end of each separate course a Certificate must be given to a student/participant who has completed the course. Approved Providers may use the certificates located on the NCBTMB website. These may be changed and altered to fit the Approved Provider’s needs and can be found here: http://www.ncbtmb.org/formstoolslogos.

Other forms of certificates include:

  • Certificate of Completion
    • A Certificate of Completion is given to a participant who has attended 100 % of a live course.
  • Certificate of Achievement
    • A Certificate of Achievement is given to a participant who has passed some type of written or practical examination. Passing a quiz is required for home study courses to ensure the participant has completed the courses work; therefore all home study courses instructors must complete Certificates of Achievement.

Exception: If a test is mandatory for a live course, and a participant has been excused from taking the test, the instructor has the right to offer a Certificate of Completion.

What information do my certificates need to have on them?

Each Certificate (Achievement and/or Completion) must contain the following information:

  • Participant’s name
  • Course title
  • Course completion date
  • Number of Continuing Education hours granted
    • CEUs are not CE hours and certificates are incorrect if hours are counted as CEUs.
    • Each CE equals 1 hour of class (50 minutes of classroom activities and a 10 minute break)
  • The Approved Provider’s Name (as submitted on the application)
    • Individual Approved Providers may use their names
    • Organizations may use the organization name
  • The Provider’s contact information: mailing address, email, phone number
  • The NCBTMB Approved Provider number
  • Signature of the Approved Provider
    • Organizations should have the signature line of the administrator of the organization and also the instructor who taught the course
What information do my transcripts need to have on them?

Approved Providers may use the transcripts located on the NCBTMB website. These may be changed and altered to fit the Approved Provider’s needs, available at: http://www.ncbtmb.org/formstoolslogos.  

Other important notes:

  • Participant transcripts must be made available for all participants upon request. Transcripts are a cumulative record of all courses taken by a specific participant. Administration and maintenance of continuing education participant transcripts and other education records are stored separately from the transcripts/educational records of core curriculum students.
  • All participant records are confidential and can only be reproduced by written permission of the participant. All transcript or record requests by participants must be handled in a timely manner.
  • Sign-in sheets do not satisfy the requirements for a participant’s transcripts or records.

Important information on Course Hour Ranges: Several Approved Providers teach full courses in a certain modality or subject matter and then shorten these courses to meet the needs of conference or school venues. In these situations, NCBTMB asks that you submit the name of the course and number of CEs the course will be taught. NCBTMB will then enter this course to your profile information.

If your full course in a specific modality is segregated into different areas of the body, and taught as different areas of the body as stand-alone courses, please submit these courses under the full version of the course. If the main course is already added to the website, please email ce@ncbtmb.org, give your Approved Provider number, the name of the full course and the names of the segregated courses beneath it, with a brief explanation describing that you would like the specific courses listed as divisions of the main course.

What is NCBTMB’s Promotional Policy?

Promotional materials must include the following information:

  • Clearly identify which course offering(s) will be accepted by NCBTMB as continuing education
  • Date(s), time(s) and location(s) of course offering(s)
  • Cost of the course offering(s)
  • The number of CE hours for course offering(s)
  • Prerequisites (if applicable)
  • Name of the person teaching the course(s)
    • If the Approved Provider is an organization, the name of the organization and the instructor that will be teaching the course must be listed.
What does it mean that NCBTMB is an approved New York CE Sponsor?

The New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, has instituted new requirements for continuing education (CE) and CE instructors. New York will only recognize CE from sponsors or instructors who are sponsored by an approved entity. NCBTMB is pleased to be an approved sponsor for continuing education in New York.

If you wish to be sponsored by NCBTMB and are not a current Board Approved Continuing Education Provider, please login to the NCBTMB website with your username and password to complete and submit the “Board Approved Continuing Education Provider Application” and the “NCBTMB New York Sponsor Approved Provider Agreement.” If you do not yet have a username and password, please email info@ncbtmb.org.

Click here for a list of current NCBTMB Sponsored Providers.

For any additional questions, please call 1-800-296-0664 or email ce@ncbtmb.org.

Where can I download the New York Sponsorship form?

Click here to download the New York Sponsorship form.

Where can I find copies of all the forms I need?

Find numerous Approved Continuing Education Provider-specific forms in the Forms/Tools/Logos portion of our website, available at http://www.ncbtmb.org/formstoolslogos.

If you need additional assistance locating a specific form, please login to the NCBTMB website using your username and password and look under the ‘Complete a Form’ section. If you are still unable to find the form required, please contact us at 1-800-296-0664 or email info@ncbtmb.org.

Where can I find Approved Providers near me?

Regardless of your location, there’s bound to be an NCBTMB Approved Provider near you. Click here to access our user-friendly “Find an NCBTMB Approved CE Provider” application.

Don’t see your question listed? Contact our Customer Service Team at 1-800-296-0664 or email us at info@ncbtmb.org. Customer Service hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm CST. We look forward to hearing from you!

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