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