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November, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 11

NCB Drops Licensure Exam

Agreement Reached With Fsmtb, MBLEx Now Only Exam Offered

By Editorial Staff

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) have reached an agreement to make the the MBLEx the sole licensure exam for the profession.

The NCB will now focus exclusively on its advanced Board Certiication credential (BCTMB), which will now be recognized as the highest attainable certifcation credential in the massage profession. The NCB will also continue to operate its Approved Provider Program. The FSMTB will continue to support the NCB throughout this transition.

"This represents a monumental shift for the profession in a positive direction and benefits all therapists," said FSMTB Vice President Karen Armstrong. "The regulatory community will also benefit from this simplification and standarization of the licensing process."

"The NCBTMB has made a bold move to focus its efforts exclusively on delivering quality certification services for the profession," said NCB CEO Steve Kirin. "It makes sense to standardize regulation of the profession through the licensure process and for NCBTMB to follow up and support the licensed therapist with career enhancement certification offerings."

FSMTB and NCBTMB - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark Both organizations offer a 90-day window of authorization to test, so what does this mean for those in the middle of the process? According to the NCB, they will cease accepting licensure exam applications effective November 1, 2014 and will cease offering licensure exams effective February 1, 2015.

According to a press release sent by both organizations, each group will work with state licensing boards and agencies to ensure a smooth transition of credentialing data, as well as working with candidates and schools to assist through this transition. Those interested in licensure should contact the FSMTB at for additional information. Those seeking board certification should contact the NCB at .


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