NCBTMB/ITEC Partnership

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NCBTMB is proud to announce a first-ever partnership with international specialist examination board, ITEC, to introduce international massage and specialty certifications for your students.

Since 1947, ITEC has been highly regulated and endorsed by the UK Government as one of the world's leading and most successful awarding bodies specializing in the Sport & Fitness, Complementary Therapy, and Beauty sectors in over 40 countries. With bases in London, South Africa, the Asia Pacific, Ireland, and the United States of America, ITEC has partnered with over 655 schools around the globe to ensure its certifications reflect industry best practices, as well as the level of knowledge and practical skills required to guide graduates into international employment.

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

In addition to this partnership, your students will have the opportunity to apply any specialty certification educational hours toward Continuing Education to satisfy initial application and/or renewal requirements for state licensure and NCBTMB Board Certification.

Your NCBTMB Assigned School can take advantage of this unique partnership, as long as you:

  • Are a current NCBTMB Assigned School in good standing,
  • Agree to merge/map your curriculum(s) to ITEC’s International Diploma in Holistic Massage or any other specialty certifications you wish to offer, and
  • Complete the ITEC Schools Registration form at For a limited time, ITEC will be waiving the $500 sign-up fee for all NCBTMB Assigned Schools.

Benefits of this partnership for your Assigned School include:

  • International recognition in over 40 countries worldwide,
  • Benchmarked curriculum against other quality global institutions,
  • Ability to offer ITEC’s International Diploma in Holistic Massage, as well as other specialty certifications to your students, and
  • Potential for increased program interest and increased revenue for your school.

NCBTMB Assigned Schools that gain ITEC Registered School status will be able to offer students and recent graduates the opportunity to achieve an ITEC International Diploma in Holistic Massage. In addition to this certification, ITEC Registered Schools also can choose to offer various related specialty certifications through ITEC, including:

  • ITEC Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • ITEC Diploma in Infant & Child Massage
  • ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • ITEC Diploma in Reflexology

Adding specialty certifications to current offerings will ensure your NCBTMB Assigned School has:

  • A real advantage over local competitors,
  • The ability to maximize per student revenue opportunities, and
  • The ability to offer the very best education to students.

To begin the process of becoming an ITEC Registered School today, please visit

Empower your students with an international career passport.

The ultimate two-for-one benefit for Assigned Schools and students, matching ITEC’s curriculum means your students graduate with a competitive edge not offered anywhere else in the world—they meet their state requirements for licensure and are immediately eligible to earn ITEC’s international massage and specialty certifications, putting them on the fast-track toward Board Certification and other career advancing opportunities.

Benefits of becoming an ITEC Registered School for your students include:

  • The opportunity to earn an international certification recognized by employers in over 40 countries,
  • An international “passport” to a career outside the continental United States,
  • A competitive edge when applying for employment opportunities in the United States or abroad,
  • An immediate eligibility for specialty certifications in various massage-related modalities,
  • Standardization against professional excellence around the globe, and
  • The ability to apply all specialty certification educational hours toward Board Certification with NCBTMB.

Your international destination awaits.

Achieving Board Certification through NCBTMB and an ITEC International Diploma in Holistic Massage, or one of ITEC’s various specialty certifications, enables graduates to go above and beyond the entry-level scope of practice right from day they graduate. This partnership ensures future graduates need no longer be restricted with limited practical and educational experience—certification through NCBTMB and ITEC will open a new world of career and employment possibilities.

Even more, with Board Certification leading the charge, our partnership with ITEC unleashes even more positive opportunity for professional development and career path advancement within our profession—thereby aligning us with other healthcare professions to bring recognition, validity, and empowerment to massage and bodywork profession and industry.

To begin the process of becoming an ITEC Registered School today, please visit

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