Important Changes To Your NCBTMB Recertification Requirements

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) has undergone several serious upgrades over the last few months, not the least of which is a brand new website, career management site and blog. However, perhaps the most important change for our massage therapy family are those made to their recertification requirements. Those changes went into effect on January 1st of this year and have a significant impact on massage therapists across the US.

So What's Changed?

The old system called for therapists to hold "National Certification", with a continuing education requirement of 48 hours every 4 years. The new system calls for members to hold "Board Certification", and your CE requirements are now 24 hours in a 2-year cycle.

Board Recertification Requirements

To recertify as a Board Certified Massage Therapist, practitioners must:
  • Pass a thorough national background check.
  • Maintain a current CPR certification.
  • Hours for CPR training may not be counted toward your 24 hours of Continuing Education required for recertification.
  • Re-affirm commitment to the NCBTMB Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
  • Re-affirm commitment to the NCBTMB Anti-Trafficking Pledge.
  • Complete 100 hours of documented hands-on experience.
  • Complete 24 hours of Continuing Education classes:
  • 3 hours of the 24 hours must be in ethics.
  • No more than 4 hours of the 24 hours may be in self-care.
  • No more than 4 hours of the 24 hours may be in courses less than 2 credits.
You may submit your 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience for recertification up to one year prior to your certification expiration date. has tons of great courses to help you meet these new requirements quickly, conveniently and, more importantly in an affordable way. We have some great new courses and are continually adding awesome new Seminar-On-Demand (video) courses. We recommend the video-based courses for massage therapists, with all their technique demonstration goodness! ncbtmb Recertification Requirements

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This article was written by Amy-Lynn Corey

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