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National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

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,

Contact Information

Address: 1901 S. Meyers Road, Suite 240
Oakbrook Terrace, IL  60181-5243  US
Phone number: 800-296-0664
Web site:
Contact Person: Jennifer Wagley, Director of Communications

NCBTMB Online Practice Exam
NCBTMB Online Practice Exam  

NCBTMB’s online practice exam simulates the National Certification Exam (NCE) experience and familiarizes aspiring practitioners with computer-based testing. This valuable prep tool: prepares test-takers for what types of questions to expect, provides explanations for correct (and incorrect) answers, produces a score report to review performance, and helps test-takers become more comfortable with the online exam experience. The online practice exam is $20 and can be taken three times. It is available via NCBTMB’s website,
Learn more about NCBTMB’s exams and follow the exam development process for the newest credential – Advanced Certification – by visiting NCBTMB’s website,

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