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NCBTMB Massage Therapy

Continuing Education Requirements

As of January 1, 2013, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) credentials have changed. National Certification has now been retired and replaced with the new credential called Board Certification.

Educational Requirements to become NCBTMB Board Certified

To meet the educational requirements to become Board Certified, you must obtain 750 hours of total education. If you are currently Nationally Certified and you already have 750 hours, no additional hours are required at this time. If you do not have the minimum 750 hours of education, you will need to obtain the extra hours necessary to reach the 750 hours, all of which you can obtain through ANY of our home study CE courses!

To help you fulfill this educational requirement, we're offering huge savings on over 100 courses.

If You are Already NCBTMB Board Certified:

It is our current understanding that for Board Certification renewal the NCBTMB requires massage therapists to complete 24 CE hours every 2 years. Of the 24 CE hours, 3 CE hours must be in research and 3 CE hours must be in ethics. Only 4 CE hours can be in self-care.

What We Can Do For You!


If you need additional training to satisfy the 750 hours for Board Certification, you can obtain these remaining hours through ANY of our home study CE courses.

We have created special savings to help you obtain these training requirements. With over 100 courses to choose from, the more CE credits you need, the more you will save. Plus each time you select to test online, you receive an extra 5% off.


Once you have become Board Certified, you will need 24 hours of continuing education every 2 years.

  • You may take all 24 hours of continuing education through our 160+ home study programs.
  • You can use our various research programs, to satisfy the 3 CE hour research requirement.
  • You can use our various ethics continuing education courses to satisfy your 3 CE hour ethics requirement.
  • Please note, a maximum of 4 CE hours can be in courses on self-care.

View NCBTMB accepted courses

For more information regarding recertification requirements beyond just continuing education, please visit www.ncbtmb.org.

If you would like to verify this information, or have further questions regarding your massage therapy continuing education requirements, we suggest contacting the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) directly. The telephone number for the NCBTMB is 800-296-0664 or visit their website at www.ncbtmb.org.

The Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education Approved Provider (#049478-00). All of our continuing education programs can be used for National Certification renewal.

You may also use our credits for other organizations you may belong to, such as the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) or Associated Bodywork Massage Professionals (ABMP).


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