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NCBTMB | National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

What is NCBTMB?

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization that fosters high standards of ethical and professional practiceNCBTMB - National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork through a recognized credentialing program. NCBTMB certifies massage and bodywork practitioners on behalf of the profession for the benefit of consumers, employers and certificants.

Currently, over 50 certificants volunteer time for the administration of NCBTMB, which is staffed by nine full-time employees. NCBTMB’s Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NOCA is a national, non-governmental, public protection and standards-setting organization.

 


 

Why was NCBTMB created?

In an effort to keep pace with the growing field of massage therapy and bodywork, and to demonstrate a commitment to quality service, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
(NCBTMB) was created in 1992. NCBTMB originated with a focus of protecting the public, as well as upholding a national standard for the industry that, until that time, did not exist.

The goals of NCBTMB are to establish National Certification as a recognized credential of professional and ethical standards; promote the worth of National Certification to health, NCBTMBtherapeutic massage and bodywork professionals, public policy makers and the general public; assure and maintain the integrity, stability and quality of the National Certification Program; and periodically update the program to reflect state-of-the-art practices in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork’s mission is to foster high standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of services through a credible, recognized credentialing program that assures the competency of practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork.

In an effort to keep pace with the growing field of massage therapy and bodywork, and to demonstrate a commitment to quality service, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) was created in 1992. NCBTMB originated with a focus of protecting the public, as well as upholding a national standard for the industry that, until that time, did not exist. There are over 85,000 nationally certified massage therapists and bodyworkers in the U.S.; NCBTMB certifies some 2,500 therapists each month.

The goals of NCBTMB are to establish National Certification as a recognized credential of professional and ethical standards; to promote the worth of National Certification to health, therapeutic massage and bodywork professionals, public policy makers and the general public; to assure and maintain the integrity, stability and quality of the National Certification Program; and to periodically update the program to reflect state-of-the-art practices in therapeutic massage and bodywork.

NCBTMB is an independent, private, not-for-profit organization that certifies professionals in the massage therapy and bodywork industry through a recognized credentialing program. NCBTMB certifies massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession to benefit employers, consumers and practitioners. Practitioners must meet the standards of proficiency and follow the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice to remain in good standing with the NCBTMB. The NCBTMB Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certified Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting branch of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). NOCA is a national, non-governmental, public protection and standards-setting organization.

NCBTMB is governed by a nine-member board of directors, elected by Nationally Certified practitioners. Of the nine-member board, two are public members that represent the public interest of consumers. NCBTMB Board members represent the diversity of the industry through their expertise in many modalities.

 

 


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