National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
Our mission for over 17 years as the national certification board for the profession in the United States is to define and advance the highest standards in massage therapy and bodywork. Our certification exams, with supporting ethics programs, are currently used by 35 states as part of their licensure process; and there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified practitioners throughout the country. NCBTMB is recognized and valued by all external stakeholders (organizations and institutions, employers, consumers, regulators and legislators) in setting the standards of excellence, protecting public safety and promoting the highest levels of professional practices.
NCBTMB certification is a credential granted to therapeutic massage therapists and bodyworkers who successfully complete the organization’s accredited program. To become certified, a practitioner must:
- Complete a minimum of 500 hours of instruction
- Pass a standardized NCBTMB exam
- Uphold NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
- Submit to a criminal background review
- Complete continuing education for recertification
Depending on a practitioner’s educational background, they may take the NCETM (National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage) or NCETMB (National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) in either English or Spanish. And in the fall, NCBTMB will introduce the nation’s first advanced credential.
National certification is recognized as the mark of excellence for practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork. It is the industry standard, not only for the United States, but is held by practitioners in a number of other countries and territories as well. Learn more by visiting NCBTMB’s website, www.ncbtmb.org.
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Jennifer Wagley, Director of Communications