National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
The National certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is the national credentialing body for massage therapists and bodyworkers. It develops standardized exams that cover a core body of knowledge, promotes professional development, and offers a recertification program to renew its credential.
NCBTMB was founded in 1992 to protect the public and uphold a national standard for the industry that, until then, did not exist. The NCBTMB is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
To be Nationally Certified, a massage therapist must:
Demonstrate mastery of core skills and knowledge
Complete 500+ hours of massage education.
Pass an NCBTMB standardized exam consisting of 150 questions.
Uphold the organization's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
Take part in continuing education.
How to find a Nationally Certified Practitioner
Visit www.ncbtmb.organd use the Find a Practitioner resource located on the home page, located on the left side of the screen by hovering over the consumers link. This online tool allows you to search for a professional by name, or by city/state/zip. You can also specify the type of therapeutic massage modality you prefer. You can put my name (Michelle Reisinger) in the search field. I cannot be found under the zip code of my business because they list my mailing address zip code.
The NCBTMB's new National Certification for Advanced Practice (NCAP) credential will distinguish massage therapy and bodyworker practitioners who have attained an advanced level of experience and expertise. This will allow you, and the medical community, to choose massage professionals who can join healthcare teams in providing treatment plans.