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- 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
A: NCBTMB is a not-for-profit agency with revenue going back into programs like School and Certificant Compliance, Human Trafficking Initiative, a new Board Certification Credential to aid in elevating the profession, an Approved Provider Program for Continuing Education and Assigned School Program. These programs benefit the entire industry and support the states’ goal of protecting the public, and NCB's goal of elevating the standards for the profession.
A: Yes, NCBTMB complies with all federal laws.
A: NCBTMB exams have been in use for 20 years.
A: The NCETM and NCETMB are currently accepted in 38 states as part of their licensing requirements.
A: NCBTMB, through our test vendor, provide Official Score Report information through a secure SFTP site that is password protected for each state. Results are posted within 24 hours of an applicant taking and passing an exam.
Q: How much does NCB charge states to accept their exams?
A: There is no cost to any state for the acceptance of NCBTMB exams.
Q: How do we know that NCB exams are valid for testing entry level knowledge, skills and abilities to safely enter the profession?
Our exams are developed by using best industry practices supported by Pearson Vue—a multi-billion dollar, internationally recognized authority in the test development market. NCBTMB has gone through five iterations of Job Task Analysis of profession review. The most recent completed in Fall of 2012 with over 8,500 massage professionals participating. The report is available on our website for your review.
Q: What is the NESL?
A: The NESL stands for National Examination for State Licensing. The NESL option became available at the request of State Boards who wanted to use the exam portion of the National Certification Credential. It is at the State’s discretion to accept this option or not. The NESL Option will not be available after 12/31/2012.
Q: Are NCBTMB’s exams legally defensible?
A: NCBTMB’s exams are all psychometrically sound and undergo rigorous review in order to ensure their integrity.