MTAC FAQs

MTAC FAQs

“MTAC” stands for Massage Therapy Assessment for Certification.

The purpose of the MTAC is to provide a personalized assessment of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the Board Certification Exam.

Upon completion of the MTAC, an individual is provided with a total percentage score, as well as a percentage score per category. Such a personalized breakdown empowers the individual to determine which areas to improve upon prior to attempting the Board Certification Exam. The assessment also reflects how well the individual has digested and maintained key information learned in core curriculum.

Whether you are a new graduate or a seasoned therapist, the MTAC is a valuable tool should you plan to pursue Board Certification or simply want to know where you are with your knowledge and skill set.

As the purpose of the MTAC is to provide you with an assessment of your personalized strengths and weaknesses in preparation for the Board Certification Exam, this tool will allow you to see which areas to study/improve upon prior to attempting the Board Certification Exam.

The MTAC provides you with a total percentage score, as well as a percentage score per category. Such a personalized breakdown empowers you to determine which areas to improve upon prior to attempting the Board Certification Exam. The assessment also reflects how well you have digested and maintained key information learned in core curriculum.

The MTAC is composed of 120 multiple-choice questions and is graded in raw score format. The tool assesses various areas reflective of both the Board Certification Exam and core curriculum, including: Massage Modalities, Techniques and Manual Forces, Applied Science (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology/Injury, and Pharmacology), Professional Communication, Professionalism and Ethics, Laws and Business Practices, Self Care, and Assessment.

The MTAC is composed of 120 multiple-choice questions and is graded in raw score format. The tool assesses various areas reflective of both the Board Certification Exam and core curriculum, including: Massage Modalities, Techniques and Manual Forces, Applied Science (Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology/Injury, and Pharmacology), Professional Communication, Professionalism and Ethics, Laws and Business Practices, Self Care, and Assessment.

For a full breakdown of the MTAC, click here.

The cost of the MTAC is $135, which includes the assessment and a background check (performed by NCBTMB). The background check is valid for two years, should you pursue Board Certification within that timeframe.

Eligibility requirements for the MTAC are as follows:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Proof of current enrollment or graduation from an NCBTMB Assigned School
  • Pass a criminal background check (performed by NCBTMB)

The he MTAC is available to eligible candidates at all Prometric nationwide testing centers. Detailed information will be provided upon review and approval of your MTAC application.

The MTAC is only available in English.

The cost of the MTAC is $135, which includes the assessment and a background check. The background check is valid for two years, should an individual pursue Board Certification within that timeframe.

As passing a criminal background check is required for Board Certification, completing it along with your MTAC is another means of proving your eligibility to achieve the advanced credential (BCTMB) should you decide to pursue it within the two-year timeframe.

Your background check is valid for two years, should you pursue Board Certification within that timeframe. You will not be required to pay the $25 Background Check Fee upon completing your Initial Board Certification Application as long as you apply/pursue the credential within the two-year timeframe.

You may be interested in taking MTAC to gauge your readiness for Board Certification, or simply to know which areas you may be weaker in. That way, you can customize your study time or material to help yourself become more proficient in areas of weakness and increase your chances of a successful attempt on the Board Certification Exam. It also will aide your mental preparation for the Board Certification Exam, as MTAC is similar in content.

Even if you do not choose to pursue or apply for Board Certification, such personalized results may encourage you to seek Continuing Education or other learning opportunities to become more proficient in weaker areas.

If you choose to pursue Board Certification, your MTAC Background Check will be valid for two years from the date your MTAC Application is approved. If you apply for Board Certification within that two-year timeframe, you will not be required to complete another background check and will avoid that additional fee at the time of application.

If you do not pursue Board Certification within the two-year timeframe, you are still welcome to apply at any time, however, you will be required to pay an additional $25 background check fee and complete a background check at the time of application.

No. MTAC is entirely voluntary (unless part of your school’s curriculum) and simply an assessment created to help candidates identify areas of strength and weakness. If you change you mind about Board Certification or wish to utilize your MTAC results in some other beneficial way, it is completely up to you. Your results are yours to use as you wish.

REFUND POLICY

To receive a refund for the Board Certification (BCETMB) exam or Massage Therapy Assessment for Certification (MTAC) exam, you must cancel your application no later than 48 hours prior to the date of your scheduled exam.

Refunds must be requested within 90 days from the date of payment. Processing, background checks and portfolio review fees will be deducted from the refund total.

On the exam application, candidates are required to attest that they are eligible to receive an NCBTMB credential and are not disqualified under our Felony Policy and Criminal Conviction Policy. Not disclosing disqualifying events on your application for the exam will result in no refund being given.

If, for any reason, any part of your application is denied, refunds will not be issued.

Candidates for MTAC and Board Certification have ninety (90) days from the time they are deemed eligible to take the exam to schedule and sit for their examination. Candidates who do not take the exam during this time period will forfeit their exam fee in full. Candidates will also have to reapply and pay the full exam fee in order to again be considered eligible to take the exam.

Candidates for Board Certification — Fees are refundable less a $75 processing fee and a $25 background check fee. For full breakdown of fees and policies, review the Candidate Handbook.

Candidates for MTAC — Fees are refundable less a $75 processing fee and a $25 background check fee.

Portfolio Review for Certification — Fees are non-refundable.

Approved Providers — Fees are non-refundable.

Online Practice Exam — Fees are non-refundable after the program has been activated.

Specialty Certificate Exams — If you have not yet received access to a Specialty Exam at the time of your request, fees are refundable less a $25 processing fee. If you have received access to a Specialty Exam at the time of your request, fees are non-refundable. Refunds must be requested within 30 days from the date NCBTMB receives your application on exam.ncbtmb.org.

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