The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has announced several changes to its programs and services.

“The NCBTMB has analyzed the current landscape of the profession and our role, both past and present, in the advancement of the highest standards of the profession, and determined what we must do to stay true to our mission,” reads an NCBTMB press release. “It is time for a change; the time is now.”

On March 14, MASSAGE Magazine reported on the new Board Certification Credential the NCBTMB will launch in 2013.

Additional changes announced by the NCBTMB are:

• Advancements in Technology. In the summer of 2012, NCB will launch a new career management system—accessed through a new online portal where all interaction with NCB can be accomplished.

Applications for all exams, recertification, approved providers, school reviews and payment for all NCB services and products will be accomplished through this new portal. This portal—in conjunction with a new website—will allow for the accomplishment of most professional development activities and will be the source of most critical industry information.

“Current processes will be streamlined to be accomplished quickly and easily,” the press release noted.

• Continuing Education Program. Beginning in the summer of 2012, all continuing education courses will be vetted for approval. The program was designed based on feedback from the Massage Approved Provider Panel (MAPP). Instructors will be required to submit their qualifications to teach each course.

All continuing education for Board Certification and recertification will need to be completed through an NCBTMB Approved Provider, Assigned School or an Accredited College or University. The advancements in technology discussed above will enable implementation of this program. Details will be announced in the coming weeks.

• Online Educational Resource. Effective immediately, we are discontinuing our online practice exam. In the summer of 2012, NCB will launch a new online educational resource offering thousands of questions to help candidates test their knowledge of many specific areas of practice.

This online experience can be customized to the students’ particular area of need and will be made available to schools seeking creative online tools to support their students.

• Licensing Exam. The National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and The National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, currently accepted for licensure in 39 states, will be retained. The exam may now be taken at any time prior to graduation; however, formal notification will be released only upon proof of graduation from a minimum 500-hour massage therapy program. State licensing requirements are dictated by the individual states.

“Cumulatively, these improvements to NCB’s slate of offerings will support the career development and professional expertise of therapists interested in maximizing their professional development and capability,” the press release noted.

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