Source:  The NCBTMB Web Site

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, nonprofit organization that was founded in 1992 to establish a certification program and uphold a national standard of excellence. Today, there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified massage therapists and bodyworkers safely and competently serving millions of Americans each year.

Certification program: NCBTMB’s program is made up of a number of components: eligibility, examination, Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, continuing education and recertification.
To become nationally certified, practitioners must

  • Complete a minimum of 500 hours of instruction
  • Demonstrate mastery of core skills, abilities and knowledge
  • Pass a standardized NCBTMB exam
  • Uphold NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

Accreditation: NCBTMB’s exam programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA).

Goals: NCBTMB’s goals are to:

  • Establish national certification as a recognized credential of professional and ethical standards
  • Promote the worth of national certification to health, therapeutic massage and bodywork professionals, public policy makers and the general public
  • Assure and maintain the integrity, stability and quality of the national certification program
  • Periodically update the program to reflect state-of-the-art practices in therapeutic massage and bodywork