Requirements & Resources

HOW DO I BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED?

  • Graduate from an NCBTMB Assigned School*
  • Verify you are legally practicing in your state/jurisdiction
  • Complete the Board Certification Application
    • Agree to NCBTMB's Standards of Practice & Code of Ethics
    • Complete a criminal background check (performed by NCBTMB)
    • Submit payment ($250 for the application and $25 for the criminal background check)
  • Pass the Board Certification Exam

*If you did not graduate from an NCBTMB Assigned School, or completed international training, you may apply via Portfolio Review (additional $75 fee).

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RENEWAL

Once earned, you must achieve a minimum 24 CEs-including 3 CEs in Ethics-every 2 years, as well as pass a criminal background check to maintain your credential.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

  • Modalities, Techniques & Manual Forces (20%)

  • Applied Science (25%)

  • Communication & Documentation (15%)

  • Professionalism & Ethics (10%)

  • Laws & Business Practices (5%)

  • Client Assessment & Treatment (25%)

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EXAM PREP

EXAM MATERIAL ARTICLES

First appearing in a Massage Magazine series, these articles provide insight into how the categories covered in the exam help your practice.  The articles also provide insight into what you need to know to prepare for the exam.  Check back to read the next article in the series.

*For a full BCETMB breakdown, click here.

**All massage therapists must be licensed in states that regulate massage therapy—this is also required prior to achieving Board Certification.

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