NCBTMB Committees and Commissions

NCBTMB has two standing committees and one commission that executes charges assigned by the NCBTMB Certification Board. In addition, the Certification Board may create ad hoc committees to conduct specific tasks, including a review of NCBTMB’s Job Task Analysis (JTA) and the development of additional test questions to increase the Board Certification exam’s question bank.

All members of the NCBTMB volunteer bodies agree to uphold a code of conduct and conduct themselves according to the polices of NCBTMB.

Below is a list of current NCBTMB Committees:


The purposes of the Ethics and Standards Committee are to:

  • Enforce NCBTMB’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, and Rules and Procedures;
  • Serve as a peer group evaluating body regarding ethical and procedural questions relating to applicants and BCTMB® certificates;
  • Assist in safeguarding the public against unprofessional and unethical conduct by applicants and BCTMB® certificants;

Specifically, the Ethics and Standards Committee makes decisions regarding the following complaints: when an applicant’s eligibility to sit for the exam has been denied; when staff has denied a BCTMB® certificant’s renewal application; or when a complaint is brought against a BCTMB® certificant, based on violations of the NCBTMB’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.


Purpose: Using criteria approved by the Board, the Approved Provider Committee is responsible for providing input on the approval of continuing education providers and those Certificants who apply for recertification through the options requiring pre-approval. Without limiting the foregoing, the

Approved Provider Committee:

  • Enforces the Approved Provider Code of Ethics, Standards, Code of Conduct, and Rules and Procedures;
  • Serves as a peer-group evaluating body with regard to ethical and procedural questions regarding Approved Provider applicants and Providers of Continuing Education; and
  • Assist in protecting participants in Continuing Education against unprofessional and unethical conduct by applicants and Providers of Continuing Education.

Composition and Qualifications: This committee will be composed of 10 to 12 Certificants in good standing, with the majority representing experienced educators, school owners or administrators, and practitioners. Volunteers should have education backgrounds and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the field of therapeutic massage and bodywork. All volunteers must complete a training program conducted by NCBTMB on how to identify measurable learning objectives and how to review a provider application.


The purposes of the Approved Provider Committee are to:

  • Establish candidate application procedures with input from the President or appointed Board liaison;
  • Work with the staff liaison to publish a Call for Candidates;
  • Confirm candidate eligibility;
  • Assess the skill set and expertise needed by the Board with input from the Board’s president and/or appointed Board liaison;
  • Recruit and interview applicants, as needed, for all open Board positions with input from the president or appointed Board liaison;
  • Prepare the slate for election;
  • Notify applicants of the status of their candidacy;
  • Ensure that the slate is published;
  • Adhere to the election timeline established in policy;
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.

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