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April, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 04

National Certification Board Names New Credentials

NCTM, NCTM-A Join NCTMB as Certification Options

By Editorial Staff

The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), which recently announced the development of new credentials in massage therapy and advanced practice in massage therapy,1 has named those credentials, and is in the process of defining examination criteria for each.

The entry-level credential, National Certification in Therapeutic Massage (NCTM), will certify competence in massage alone.

According to the board, this credential "provides more specific entry-level credentialing and will offer more options to states wishing to separate regulations for massage and bodywork." Practitioners applying for the entry-level credential in massage will be required to take the NCTM Examination.

The advanced-practice credential, National Certification in Therapeutic Massage - Advanced (NCTM-A) will recognize advanced education and core competencies in massage therapy. Practitioners applying for the advanced credential will be required to take the NCTM-A Examination, allowing them to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities beyond what is required by the current National Certification Exam (NCE). The board will maintain the combined National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB), giving practitioners three credentialing options.

The NCBTMB has surveyed practitioners and is currently performing research to create appropriate test specifications for each of the new credentials. Executive Director Christine Niero, PhD, commented: The NCBTMB is striving to provide a variety of credentials to meet the individual needs of our practitioners. The addition of an advanced credential illustrates progress within the profession and [practitioners'] interest in professional development and personal enrichment."2


  1. National Board announces new credentials, study guide. Massage Today, Aug. 2002:2(8).
  2. NCBTMB names new credentials; board also to maintain current combined credential. NCB Connection 2003, Volume 1.


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