Become Board Certified

Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB®) is the highest credential within the massage and bodywork profession. Choosing to become Board Certified demonstrates your advanced assessment and critical thinking abilities and provides credibility to current and prospective clients and employers.

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Why Become Board Certified?

NCBTMB creates, promotes, and sustains a culture in which the highest quality of professional credentialing and standards are advanced in the massage therapy profession. Accredited by the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA), Board Certification demonstrates that you:
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Have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to provide high-quality care to your clients.
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Are part of a community dedicated to elevating the profession, your education, and your practice.
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Integrate effectively with the medical and healthcare communities.
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Prepare yourself for increased opportunities and long-term success.

Requirements & Costs

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Board Certification Requirements

If you are practicing in a license state:

  • Verification of current massage therapy state license
  • Passing score on the Board Certification Exam
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Agree to uphold NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

If you are practicing in a state without state licensure:

  • Graduation from a NCBTMB Assigned School*
  • Passing score on the Board Certification Exam
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Agree to uphold NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
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Board Certification Costs

The cost to apply for Board Certification is $275

*If you did not graduate from an NCBTMB Assigned School, your school is now closed, or you completed international training, you may instead apply for Board Certification via Portfolio Review (an additional $75 fee). Please access the Board Certification Handbook below

**If submitting a transcript with transfer credits, the original transcript where credits were transferred from must be submitted as well.

EARN COLLEGE CREDITS TOWARD YOUR DEGREE

College Partners: Siena Heights University

Higher education is embracing NCBTMB Board Certification! Now, you have the opportunity to earn a degree in Massage Therapy—and you’ll earn credits toward your degree just with proof of your current Board Certification!

NCBTMB is proud to partner with Siena Heights University to empower certified massage therapists like you to further advance your career. The right degree program for you will differ based on your personal aspirations, available funding, and transfer credits among other factors. Either way, we’re confident Siena Heights will guide on you the academic journey right for you.

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Testimonials

“Board Certification is new to the massage profession, but it is not new in other professions where it is highly regarded. Achieving Board Certification advanced my career and validated my credibility in the courtroom, where I serve as an expert witness in legal cases involving massage therapists. Professionals RECOGNIZE and RESPECT Board Certification. It symbolizes commitment, dedication, and expertise. Massage therapists who are Board Certified have gone above and beyond licensure—they have achieved more than minimum requirements. You can expect more from professionals who chose to become Board Certified.”

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Susan Salvo, EdD, LMT, BCTMB

“Board Certification is the closest thing we have to a national credential. Our field is in a time of great transition, and I am eager to be part of the solution. NCBTMB is in a position to help massage therapy mature into a well-respected profession – That’s why I chose Board Certification."

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Ruth Werner, BCTMB

“I have been a therapist for 33 years. My practice has consistently been focused on working with Chronic Pain clients. Doctors of different specialties send their patients to me for pain relief and/or Lymphatic issues. I became Board certified to have the highest credential our profession offers. I wanted the Doctors to feel confident in me and my standards of practice. Encouraging my students to take this next step of receiving National Certification is definitely part of their education.”

LaDonna Ward, BCTMB, LMT

LaDonna Ward, BCTMB, LMT

“Becoming Board Certified was a dream I had always had. I wanted to show my students that you are never too old to achieve a goal and that the potential to be great is always there! I am passionate about massage therapy, and I believe in the advancement and advocacy of our professionals through education and commitment to excellence. Our industry is evolving quickly and I chose Board Certification because I saw an opportunity to evolve and show my students all of the different possibilities that are available in our community of massage therapists.”

Becky Thom, BCTMB, CMT

Becky Thom, BCTMB, CMT

"Being Nationally Board Certified brings an extra level of significance, especially when one is seeking to be part of the medical care community. As a Registered Nurse, Board Certification is a symbol of expertise in one's field and offers patients a greater sense of comfort, knowing that their provider has "gone the extra mile" to advance themselves by obtaining Board Certification."

Christine Bailor-Goodlander, BA, RN, BCTMB, LMT

Christine Bailor-Goodlander, BA, RN, BCTMB, LMT

"I am Board Certified because it is the highest credential in the massage therapy profession. I choose to set myself apart because I work with doctors in the chiropractic, medical and dental professions where Board certification is respected and understood. I encourage all massage therapists to achieve Board certification and experience the difference Board certification can make in their career. Aim higher - Become Board Certified!"

Jane Johnson, BS, LMT, BCMTB

Jane Johnson, BS, LMT, BCMTB

"I am Board Certified because it is the highest credential in the massage therapy profession. I choose to set myself apart because I work with doctors in the chiropractic, medical and dental professions where Board certification is respected and understood. I encourage all massage therapists to achieve Board certification and experience the difference Board certification can make in their career. Aim higher - Become Board Certified!"

Jane Johnson, BS, LMT, BCMTB

Jane Johnson, BS, LMT, BCMTB

Important Links & Resources

Prep to Become Board Certified

Board Certification Candidate Handbook

The complete NCBTMB Board Certification candidate handbook.

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Board Certification Exam Application Checklist

A checklist of the information you need to complete the Board Certification application.

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Exam Prep Resources & Online Practice Exam

Information on our practice exam and resources for exam preparation and more.

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Verification of Education Form

The NCBTMB verification of education form.

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MTAC Information

Learn more about MTAC, which is a personalized assessment in preparation for the NCBTMB Board Certification Exam.

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Addiotal Benefits for You:

Exclusive Discounts
If you are currently in good standing with NCBTMB, you have access to exclusive discounts.

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Free Website Benefit Summary

A new exclusive benefit for BCTMBs. A free website designed just for you!

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Digital Badge from Credly

We have partnered with Credly to provide you with a digital version of your credentials.

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Other Important Links and Resources:
Board Certification FAQs
Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about becoming Board Certified with NCBTMB.

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NCBTMB Code of Ethics

Our code of ethics outlined.

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NCBTMB Standards of Practice

Our guiding principles by which Certificants conduct their professional practice.

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Board Certification Renewal

Information on the requirements and steps to complete your Board Certification Renewal.

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Ready to take the next step?

Join our community of massage therapy professionals and access the resources, education, and the support you need to advance your career.

Get Board Certified

Earn the highest credential in the massage therapy profession and gain recognition for your advanced skills and abilities. 

Become an Approved Provider

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