Massage Therapy Schools May Face Tougher Credentialing

A national organization that many students of massage therapy schools will face at the end of their program is making big changes this year. Last month the National Certification Board announced plans to strengthen its credentialing and certification process.

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today a 12-month plan that will improve the quality and usefulness of all of its products and communications including a new certification credential, new technology, and improved tools and support. The nonprofit organization is completely revamping all areas of operation to ensure that the support is in place to elevate standards for the profession.
“Every point where NCB and the profession intersect will be significantly upgraded—from improved credentials and school outreach to improved review of instructors and technology,” said Mike Williams, NCBTMB CEO. “All of these changes are designed to enhance the ability of therapists interested in excelling in their profession to reach their potential.”
The massage industry is at an interesting crossroads. There are therapists practicing under stringent standards similar to other health care providers, and then there is illegal and fraudulent activity undermining all of our efforts. Williams believes the best way to establish greater credibility for therapists is by raising standards. Over the course of the next 12 months, NCBTMB will launch the following:
  • Board Certification Credential
  • Online Career Management System
  • Continuing Education program
  • Online Education Resource
Beginning with the first quarter of 2013, NCBTMB will introduce a Board Certification credential, phasing out the current National Certification credential. The new credential—by including additional education, hands-on experience and a background check— will ensure that therapists achieving this credential will have the proper foundation to better serve their clients.
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