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The American Massage Therapy Association is the only national non-profit massage therapy association, an association of massage therapists for massage therapists, dedicated to serving members while advancing the massage therapy profession. We have a history of commitment to service through standards that advance the profession, and engaging members in leadership roles to ensure value and relevance to members. Lead by a Board of Directors elected by the members, AMTA has chapters in all 50 states and Washington, DC–providing volunteer opportunities, leadership development and continuing education locally.
AMTA has open communications with members, to learn your opinions and what is important to you. We use those ideas and views when we make decisions. AMTA’s strength comes from listening to members like you and incorporating your perspectives into what we do. AMTA National: membership benefits and application.
We also do this by providing direct consultation to the medical and research communities and by educating massage therapists about the world of research. For more information, see Massage Therapy Foundation
In January 2013, NCBTMB introduced the Board Certification credential. This credential requires that certificants pass the Board Certification exam and complete 750 hours of education, 250 hours of hands-on work experience, pass a background check, commit to oppose human trafficking, and hold a current CPR certificate.
Until 2013, we previously offered National Certification—a credential that was the first of its kind in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. With the introduction of Board Certification, the highest, voluntary credential available, we have begun phasing out National Certification. As of December 31, 2016, all Nationally Certified practitioners will either need to transition to Board Certification or their credential will no longer be valid.
The examination developed by the FSMTB on behalf of its Member Boards is the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). To ensure the examination reflects current practice, a Job Task Analysis Survey was developed with contributions by over 50 content experts under the guidance of 15 testing and psychometric experts. The Job Task Analysis was further validated by input from 7,646 massage, bodywork and somatic professionals representing every state in the USA. The MBLEx is administered through Pearson VUE at high-security test centers across the United States.