The Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy voted in late February to adopt the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), the exam created by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. FSMTB President Debra Persinger announced the adoption to MASSAGE Magazine on March 6.
As of press time it was not known if Louisiana had adopted exclusive use of the MBLEx, as have Arkansas and Oregon (www.massagemag.com/MBLExexclusive), or if it would retain use of the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB) as an element of state licensure.
Fifteen states have adopted the MBLEx since it was launched in summer 2007 (www.massagemag.com/mblexstates). In addition to the three
mentioned above, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia have adopted the exam.
"We have had extremely favorable feedback from candidates and schools and also from state boards about the MBLEx," Persinger told MASSAGE Magazine. "We are delighted the profession now has a licensing exam and that it is also meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders."
The FSMTB is an almost-three-year-old organization with a mission to improve communication between states and offer prospects for enhanced licensing reciprocity. Before it launched the MBLEx, the NCETMB was the exam of choice among state boards.
—Karen Menehan, MASSAGE editor in chief