What are the Different Types of Credentials available to Massage Therapists?

Passing NCBTMB’s exams offers the following credentials.

  • Board Certification—Starting in 2013, the Board Certification (which replaced the National Credential effective January 01, 2013)—by including additional education, hands-on experience and a background check—will ensure that therapists achieving this credential will have the proper foundation to better serve their clients. Achievement of this credential is the highest attainable level in the profession. Board Certification demonstrates a commitment to the highest available credential and to your career. As in other professions, Board Certification is an additional differentiator for you as you advance through your career. NCB will actively seek to publicize this credential and those who attain it.
Benefits of Board Certification
  • The benefits of Board Certified therapists are numerous and include the following.
    • 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
    • Establishes practitioners as healthcare providers on par with other professionals requiring certification
Board Certification Requirements
Requirements for this credential were established by practitioners within the profession, and developed to uphold a high standard of excellence among practitioners.
To achieve the Board Certification designation, practitioners must:  
  • Take and pass the Board Certification exam
  • Complete a minimum of 750 hours of education
    • The hours from your massage therapy program
    • Any continuing education taken from NCBTMB Approved Providers
    • 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. 

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