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What are the Different Types of Credentials available to Massage Therapists?
Passing NCBTMB’s exams offers the following credentials.
- Licensing—NCBTMB’s exams are used by 38 states and the District of Columbia to allow applicants to demonstrate their knowledge of basic information. Upon passing the exam (or any other form of demonstration accepted by the state), and meeting other required state criteria, the therapist will become a Licensed Massage Therapist. Once the exam is passed, all administration and oversight of the Licensing credential is done by the state.
- 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. The Board Certification will demonstrate a commitment to the highest available credential and to your career. As in other professions, Board Certification will be an additional differentiator for you as you advance through your career. NCB will actively seek to publicize this credential and those who attain it.
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
- Take and pass the Board Certification exam
- Complete a minimum of 750 hours of education ( includes the core program and subsequently completed continuing education) ***
- 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.