NCBTMB Committees

All members of any NCBTMB volunteer body agree to, and areheld responsible for, the roles and responsibilities to which they are assigned during their participation as a volunteer, and for the period of time after their participation is concluded, as directed by the NCBTMB Chief Executive Officer and in accordance with NCBTMB procedure.

Each NCBTMB Committee is led by a Committee Chair. A Committee Chair leads his/her respective group and facilitates the group’s effective performance and execution of charges assigned by NCBTMB and approved by the Board. Committee Chairs report directly to a Board Liaison.

Below is a list of current NCBTMB Committees:

Ethics and Standards Committee

  1. Purpose:
    1. Enforce NCBTMB’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and Rules and Procedures; and
    2. Serve as a peer-group evaluating body with regard to ethical questions relating to applicants and Certificants; and
    3. Assist in protecting the public against unprofessional and unethical conduct by applicants and Certificants.
  2. Composition, Qualifications, and Selection: The committee will consist of nine (9) to twelve (12) voting members, who will include Certificants in good standing and one public The President, as Board Liaison, will serve as an ex-officio, nonvoting member. The President will appoint the Chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee, subject to Board approval. The Chair of the Committee will recommend potential members to the President for approval.
  3. Meetings: The committee will meet at reasonable intervals, as needed to carry out its responsibilities, but in any event not fewer than four (4) times each year. Except as specifically determined by the committee, all meetings may be conducted by telephone. Minutes will be kept for each meeting as a record of the committee’s activities. Committee members must be given at least three (3) days’ advance notice of any teleconference committee meeting, or fourteen (14) days’ notice of any in-person meeting, except that such notice may be waived by attendance at the meeting. The presence of a majority of the voting membership of the Committee will constitute a quorum for meetings of the committee. Committee decisions will be made by a majority vote of the voting members attending a meeting.

Approved Provider Committee

  1. Purpose: Using criteria approved by the Board, the Approved Provider Committee is responsible for providing input on the approval of continuing education providers and those Certificants who apply for recertification through the options requiring pre-approval. Without limiting the foregoing, the Approved Provider Committee:
    1. Enforces the Approved Provider Code of Ethics, Standards, Code of Conduct, and Rules and Procedures;
    2. Serves as a peer-group evaluating body with regard to ethical and procedural questions regarding Approved Provider applicants and Providers of Continuing Education; and
    3. Assist in protecting participants in Continuing Education against unprofessional and unethical conduct by applicants and Providers of Continuing Education.
  2. Composition and Qualifications: This committee will be composed of 10 to 12 Certificants in good standing, with the majority representing experienced educators, school owners or administrators, and practitioners. Volunteers should have education backgrounds and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork.All volunteers must complete a training program conducted by NCBTMB on how to identify measurable learning objectives and how to review a provider application.

Item Writing/Examination Development Committee

  1. Purpose: Responsible for the development, construction, and validation of the national certification examinations.
  2. Composition: The committee will consist of 8 to 12 people with a large majority representing experienced educators who are also certificants in good standing. The rest may be composed of authors of books that reflect the exam content, entry level practitioners and experienced certificants.  The committee will strive to have a fair mix of practitioners representing geographic diversity and various modalities for item writing and item review.
  3. Qualifications: Committee members and item writers will be selected based on their ability to write suitable test questions, their command of the written English language, their ability to work within the guidelines set and their ability to be confidential about the process in order to maintain the security of the exam. Preference will be given to applicants with backgrounds in education and experience in the field.
  4. Duties:
    • Execute faithfully the written Board charge to the committee.
    • Comply with the NCBTMB budget and all other laws, policies and procedures.
    • Review, and recommend for change if necessary, policies and procedures for the BCETMB.
    • Continued review of testing company qualifications/performance.
    • Work with the testing company to ensure the BCETMB is valid, up to date, and reflects competency in the profession.
    • Review exam and oversee the writing of new items for the item bank.
    • Ensure effective, respectful communication links with Board and staff liaison.


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