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*Please note: The Board Certification Credential does not accept transcripts or allow education from a school whose NCBTMB Assigned School Code was not in good standing with NCBTMB as of January 1, 2013. NCBTMB reserves the right to deny, revoke or suspend a school’s NCBTMB Assigned School Code if that school is not meeting current NCBTMB standards and requirements. These actions may affect an applicant’s ability to meet the educational requirements of Board Certification.
HOW TO BECOME BOARD CERTIFIED
What is Board Certification?
Why was Board Certification created?
How is Board Certification different from Licensure?
What are the Board Certification requirements?
How much does it cost to become Board Certified?
How do I apply to take the Board Certification exam?
Where do I go to take the Board Certification exam?
Can I sign up and take my Board Certification exam if my work experience is not completed yet?
What do I need to know for the Board Certification exam?
Is there a tool to help me study for the Board Certification Exam?
What is the true value of Board Certification?
What will NCBTMB accept as proof of my CPR certification?
Is portfolio review available if I don’t have a massage school diploma or other formal massage therapy training?
Now that I am Board Certified, what credential do I use?
If I take my state required test, does that mean I am certified?
What do I do if I was previously Nationally Certified but let my certification lapse or expire?
Looking to advance your career? Board Certification is the highest voluntary credential attainable in the massage therapy and bodywork profession with a distinct level of achievement beyond entry-level licensure—including completing more education, hands-on experience, and a background check—that will give meaning to your career (and your clients!) with credentials that matter.
Simply stated, we believe in something more. That’s why we created the Board Certification credential for the profession. It is more than just another credential—it’s a lifelong commitment to raising the standards of our esteemed profession. Even more, Board Certification now aligns the massage therapy and bodywork profession with other allied health and medical professions, enhancing value and credibility to what we do best. In fact, many health care facilities and even some high-end spas now require Board Certification to apply for and achieve higher-level, rewarding positions.
Like thousands of other Board Certificants, if you’re looking to advance your career and be recognized beyond entry-level, then Board Certification is for you.
BOARD CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
• Pass the BCETMB exam
• 750 hours of education*
• 250 hours of professional, hands-on experience
• Pass a national background check
• Current CPR certification
• Agree to uphold NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
• Agree to oppose Human Trafficking
COSTS FOR BOARD CERTIFICATION
• $250 if you have never taken an NCBTMB exam
• $225 if you have previously taken an NCBTMB exam