On May 5 MASSAGE Magazine reported that Florida will adopt the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) on Aug. 1, and will use it exclusively as of May 1, 2009, marking a switch from the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB). On May 8 MASSAGE was contacted by a spokesperson for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork with a clarification regarding the adoption date(s). The NCBTMB provided the following statement from the Florida Board of Massage Therapy:

“Dear Interested Parties:

“At their April 24-25, 2008 meeting, the Board of Massage Therapy voted to begin the process of changing rule 64B7- 25.001. The change would require that applicants for Florida licensure pass the exam offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (called the MBLEx) and no longer accept the exam given by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork after a specific date.

“Please be advised that this change must go through the entire rule making process before it will go into effect. This process can take several months, if not challenged and no workshops are requested. If the rule is challenged or workshops are requested, the process can take over a year.

“At this time, the only exam that is being accepted for licensure is the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB). Upon adoption of the new language, we will notify all interested parties and stake holders of the change. Anyone that takes an exam other than the NCETMB prior to changes to the Board’s rule becoming effective will not be eligible for licensure.”

For more information, contact the Florida Board of Massage Therapy at christy_robinson@doh.state.fl.us, (850) 245-4161 or (850) 245-4588, or click here.

 

—Karen Menehan

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