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NCBTMB Statement Regarding Importance of Assigned School Code Program

Burr Ridge, Ill. (July 16, 2015)  As the year progresses, NCBTMB remains highly engaged with state massage regulatory boards. Recently, it has come to our attention that the meaning behind our Assigned School Code Program may have become blurred. Specifically, we are aware of the recent questions surrounding how our program relates to the activities of state boards and, ultimately, the profession at large.

Board Chair, Dr. Leena S. Guptha, Inducted into Massage Therapy Hall of Fame

Burr Ridge, Ill. (July 14, 2015) – The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is pleased to announce the induction of Board Chair, Dr. Leena S. Guptha, into the 2015 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

Created by the founders of the World Massage Festival, the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame honors those having furthered the massage therapy profession. Inductees build bridges for the massage therapy profession by actively educating the general public about massage, as well as enlightening fellow therapists about different types of massage.

NCBTMB and ITEC Announce First International Certification Partnership

Burr Ridge, Ill. (March 14, 2015) – The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and ITEC, a specialist international examination board regulated and endorsed by the UK Government recognized in over 40 countries worldwide, announced a new international certification partnership today.

This partnership will immediately enable any NCBTMB Assigned School to become an ITEC Registered School, and thereby gain access to a range of internationally recognized massage and related specialty certifications.

Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations Meets for Collaboration

Representatives from all seven participating organizations in the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations met December 11, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The meeting began with five hours of constructive exchange on reactions to The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint, its companion document The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report (ELAP), and discussion about project implementation.

Participants agreed that the documents will remain in draft form pending review by the boards of directors of the constituent organizations in January 2014 and development of an agreed upon Coalition statement. All project documents will be publicly released after this review.

Board Certification Awarded College Credit from Siena Heights University

Board Certification from NCBTMB is recognized as the equivalent of 33 College Credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy

Oakbrook Terrace, IL (December 13, 2013) – For the first time, Board Certificants will be awarded college credit toward a degree.  Effective immediately, Siena Heights University will recognize Board Certification as valued at 33 of the 120 total credits required to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Massage Therapy.

NCBTMB Announces Billie Shea as Government Relations Liaison

Oakbrook Terrace, IL (December 3, 2013) –NCBTMB announced today that Billie Shea, BCMT, will become its Government Relations Liaison.  In this role, Billie will represent and advocate on NCB’s behalf to the state boards regarding licensure within the massage therapy profession, and in particular, the importance of NCB’s licensure exams to be recognized by the states.

“We’re thrilled we found someone with such an amazing set of qualifications—perfect for this role,” says Steve Kirin, CEO of NCB.

Billie’s unique set of qualifications include:

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