NCBTMB Recertification Requirements

Instructor: Shelby Golden
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) offers voluntary board certification to licensed massage and bodywork therapists. Keep reading to learn about the work experience and continuing education required to maintain this credential and discover resources you can use to supplement your training.

Recertification Requirements for the NCBTMB

If you've earned board certification from the NCBTMB, you'll need to renew your credential every two years. This recertification process requires you to complete 24 hours of continuing education, which includes three hours each of ethics and research coursework. Options for completing the remaining hours include science and business courses offered by colleges and universities or any other provider approved by the NCBTMB.

Additional requirements include 100 hours of work or volunteer experience and up-to-date CPR certification. Finally, you have to agree to maintain professional practice and ethics standards associated with the NCBTMB and pass a criminal background check.

Steps for Completing Recertification

Once you've met all the recertification requirements, you can submit the application for renewal through the NCBTMB website ( along with your recertification fee. You will need to have an account set up in order to complete this process.

CEU Study Resources

When completing your continuing education requirements, consider using these resources to supplement the instruction you'll receive in class. Each one includes short video lessons that allow you to focus on the topics you'd like to review. You can also take self-assessment quizzes to test your understanding of the material:

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