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February, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 02

National Board Unveils New Approved Provider Program

Program Expands Practitioner Recertification Options

By Editorial Staff

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently unveiled a continuing education approved provider program that will operate in conjunction with the board's recertification requirements.

The program allows NCBTMB-certified massage and bodywork practitioners to select from approved provider courses to fulfill the board's continuing education requirements.

The approved provider program is one of 10 options outlined in the board's Requirements for Certification handbook; the other nine options cover such endeavors as academic coursework; clinical internships; and state or national presentations. The NCBTMB requires that practitioners renew their national certification every four years. Basic requirements for recertification include 48 continuing education credits (minimum), 200 hours of hands-on work experience and six hours of ethics.

"The recertification program focuses on continued competence and is designed for flexibility, so the certificant[s] can select from a menu of options to suit their personal and professional needs," explained Christine Niero, PhD, executive director of NCBTMB. "The program is meant to raise the certificant's core competencies beyond the level of initial certification, and allow practitioners to expand their professional development."

For more information on the NCBTMB Approved Provider Program or requirements for recertification, contact the national board: (800) 296-0664 or


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