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August, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 08

National Board Announces New Credentials, Study Guide

By Editorial Staff

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently announced plans to develop two new credentials for massage therapists, and to "research the feasibility of developing a 'bodywork specific' certification program for bodywork practitioners.

One of the new credentials designates proficiency in massage therapy, the other in the advanced practice of massage therapy.

NCBTMB will continue to offer the current combined massage and bodywork credential, attained by successful completion of the National Certification Examination (NCE). As with the NCE, the two new credentials will require candidates to meet eligibility requirements, pass a rigorous exam and agree to uphold the NCBTMB Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

The new certification programs and examinations are scheduled to take effect in 2003. The board will conduct validity studies, survey practitioners to create test specifications for each new credential, and pretest questions and examination forms before making the credentials available.

The NCBTMB also announced that a comprehensive study guide for the original NCE is now available. The National Certification Examination Study Guide offers test-taking strategies, suggestions for content review, sample test questions, and other information regarding the test's content and structure.

For additional information on the new credentials or the study guide, contact the NCBTMB at or (800) 296-0664.


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