The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education announced yesterday that it supports the Massage & Bodywork Therapy Licensing Examination (MBLEx) “as the exclusive examination for entry-level credentialing in the field of massage therapy” and described the MBLEx as “the preferred choice for graduates of massage-therapy schools who are seeking state licensure, certification or registration.”

The alliance is an independent voice, advocate and resource for the community of massage-therapy schools and educators.

The MBLEx was developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and has replaced the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCETMB) in many states, or is offered alongside the NCETMB in other states.

“As the representative of the educational community, the Alliance recognizes that the MBLEx provides our field with a psychometrically sound testing program that more closely matches the curricula that are taught in most massage schools,” an alliance press release noted. “In addition, having a single massage and bodywork licensing examination from a single provider gives schools a clear advantage in preparing students for a successful exam experience.”

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