OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois (January 25, 2011) – Continuing education (CE) is a vital part of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) certification programs. Its Approved Provider (AP) program has 1,700 APs who provide continuing education to the profession. Over the past decade, adherence to national standards for CE has helped NCBTMB’s AP/CE program become a standard in the industry–recognized by many state massage therapy boards, schools and other stakeholders across the country.

As the massage and bodywork profession continues to mature and evolve, it is important CE evolves, too. That is why NCBTMB plans to review, reassess and restructure its AP/CE program in 2011.

“There is a critical need to ensure relevant continuing education,” said NCBTMB Chair Alexa Zaledonis. “What has worked for the last decade may not serve the profession as we work to better define, differentiate and identify continuing education for the future of massage in our country. Our goal is to assure appropriate learning opportunities whether the practitioner is a recent graduate, practicing professional or seeking advanced skills. This stratification is important as we prepare to introduce an advanced practice examination.”

As part of the evolutionary process, NCBTMB is soliciting input from massage organizations, subject matter experts, approved providers, schools, certificants and state board representatives to engage in high-level discussions. Topics of discussion include enhancing and defining levels of continuing education offered to practitioners; identifying appropriate modalities and acceptable content for the evolving profession; and developing concise entry-level through advanced-level descriptors to aid practitioners in selecting continuing education.

“Increasingly, we believe the medical community is going to depend on certification standards defined by the new Advanced Practice Certification–to identify practitioners who have attained the education and experience necessary to join conventional and integrative healthcare teams and provide evidence-based treatment plans that enhance patient health outcomes,” said NCBTMB CEO Paul Lindamood. “Continuing education must be viewed by the medical community and consumers as a solid component of a credible profession, defining and sustaining best practices at all levels.”

View NCBTMB AP/CE overview and program brief at http://www.ncbtmb.org/11jan_11_APCE_Brief_E.pdf.


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) was established in 1992 as an independent, private, nonprofit organization fostering the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of therapeutic massage and bodywork through two recognized credentialing programs. NCBTMB examinations are currently accepted or recognized in statute or rule by 38 states plus the District of Columbia. There are nearly 90,000 professionals with NCBTMB certification. NCBTMB’s certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).