The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) yesterday released the results from its job task analysis survey. The results will be used to create a blueprint for a National Certification for Advanced Practice exam, in terms of defining the information for which the exam should test and the degree of importance that should be placed on each content area.

Almost 10,000 massage professionals responded to an invitation to take the survey.

The exam will be completely voluntary, according to an NCBTMB press release, and “[c]ertificants who earn the advanced credential will be nationally recognized for possessing the critical thinking skills necessary to function in complex situations.

“In addition, they will be relied upon for their ability to work in a team environment utilizing treatment plans based on evidence-based outcomes,” the press release stated.

The report can be accessed at

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