Board Certification

What does it mean to be a “board certified” massage therapist?

Board certification by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is the highest attainable credential in the profession in the U.S. and is an advanced and separate certification beyond each state board’s requirement for entry-level licensing or registration. Requirements for NCBTMB’s board certification are:

  1. Higher standards of education
  2. Possess higher level of critical thinking skills
  3. Pass a rigorous exam that requires the application of assessment skills, orthopedic knowledge, applied science (in pathology, pharmacology, etc.) to real life scenarios in the development of treatment plans for clients to achieve healthful results
  4. Pass routine, bi-annual background checks
  5. Adherence to the Board’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Here’s the link to’s website.