On October 3rd, 2014 the NCTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) and the FSMTB (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards) announced they have reached an agreement on the licensing and the MBLEx exam certification. After much negotiations, discussions, the NCBTMB will no longer accept applications to utilize their licensing exams for graduating massage therapy students and those needing to take the exams effective November 1st, 2014 for completion date of February 1st, 2015. The MBLEx will become the sole licensing exam for the Massage Therapy profession and will facilitate portability and standardization for massage therapists. After scheduling a date and time to take the MBLEx certification exam, the applicant has 90 days to take the exam.
FSMTB and NCTMB Reach New Agreement
The MBLEx exam fee is $195 and made up of a 100 multiple choice questions that is taken on a computer with a two hour time limit. Five minutes in which is reserved for a brief survey and five minutes is allotted to a security and confidentiality agreement. The MBLEx examination is made up and consist of anatomy & physiology, pathology, contraindications, areas of caution, special populations, overview of massage & bodywork modalities. While the remaining consists of culture history, benefits and physiological effects of techniques that manipulate soft tissue, ethics, boundaries, laws, regulations, kinesiology, client assessment, reassessment & treatment planning and guidelines for professional practice.
Officials from both organizations are celebrating this announcement and believe the collaboration between the two agencies will bring a positive shift of further professionalism to the massage therapy profession by simplifying the licensing process. MBLexNews.com encourages massage professionals to get involved with both premier organizations for demonstrating their hard work on all aspects of the massage profession. Their service exemplifies ambassadorship by being leaders that continue to shape the future of the massage therapy profession. For more information go to fsmtb and the nctmb websites.