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hi all!

i'm about to finish a 500-hour program at the lauterstein-conway school of massage in austin, texas. the state recently changed the laws relating to massage therapy and did away with its state exam. i have the option to take either the ncbtmb or mblex to get licensed.

i'm leaning towards the mblex because i've heard so much about annoying natcert politics, their propensity for losing people's applications, and the fact that i don't feel prepared for the asian bodywork questions on their exam. all the topics listed on the mblex are familiar to me, on the other hand.

are there any compelling reasons to take the ncbtmb instead? (i don't really care about being able to put "nationally certified" on my marketing.)

also, does anyone know of a good study guide for the mblex?

Dean Batman

I'm Certifiable

Well, I took my NCBTMB Exam today. My appointment was at 11am, but as suggested arrived 30 minutes early.

I arrived at 10:30 as instructed, upon arriving I was "processed." This meant I had to log in, show ID, have a picture taken, and then the new procedure they have is fingerprinting. It was pretty neat, it was all electronic so there was no icky ink to smear all over the place.

I was in taking my test at 10:38 am and at 11:35 am I was done.

I passed with high marks in 5 out of 6 categories and got medium in the 6th.

Afterwards, I went up to school to let the director of my program, Mr. Murray know and happened to run into all but a few of my instructors, all of which hugged me and congratulated me like crazy.

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Dean Batman

NCBTMB Certification

After being out of school since March 28th (April 4th if you count the review class we are required to attend) I finally received my letter from the NCBTMB yesterday to schedule my exam.

I scheduled my exam for Wednesday, May 9th at 11:00am.  I am so excited to take the test.  I have been taking a practice exam every day that I can (I have shoddy, at best, internet service), and have been kicking butt on that.  I took the 170 question practice exam, knowing that the exam is only 160 question and the most recent score I have gotten is 152 out of 170, which was an 89.41%  I was sooped, because if I can get 152 out of 160, I will definitely pass.

I know full well I am going to pass anyway, but that is just because I feel well prepared thanks to the wonderful instructors at my school.

But....does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should brush up on a bit more for Wednesday?

Any helpful tips will be greatly appreciated.

Have a great day everyone!
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Do I really need to stay certified with NCBTMB????

I'm in Wisconsin, and the law is worded like this:
Massage Therapy codebook

460.06 Examinations. The department may not grant a certificate under this chapter unless the applicant passes the national certification examination for therapeutic massage and bodywork that is offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or an examination relating to the practice of massage therapy or bodywork that is administered by a national board that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies or a substantially equivalent examination approved by the department. The department shall promulgate rules that also require an applicant to pass an examination on state laws and administrative rules governing massage therapy or bodywork.

Reading this leads me to believe that I only need to pass the ncbtmb test- once. It doesn't say anything about being currently certified with them, just that I need to pass that test, and have insurance.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? appleboy??
EDIT:I'm just wondering, if LEGALLY, I have to stay Nationally certified.... not the pros to staying nationally certified

Now really!!! NCBTMB question

Hello all,

I just purchased some flahscards that stated they covered "all the important things you need" for the test from Morrison Media. Much of the stuff is quite useful but I really have to ask this. They have cards on pathology and I cannot quite accept that as a massage therapist I will need to know the chemical make up of drugs, the response to a blood vessel injury " Endothelial retraction fo infured vessel results in subendothelial collagen exposure.,.." or obscure health issues.

Did any of you who have taken the test have questions that related to any of this stuff. I am not planning to study much on the pathlolgy as it is only 12% of the subject matter but some of this other stuff has me wondering. It has me wondering if these people who make these study guides are full of crap.
The Little Prince

Alternative to NCBTMB

Originally posted by lucv_cate over at earth_hands here
Recently I heard about a group that grew out of a desire to do the things that the NCBTMB has failed to do. I posted the question of the identity of the group to a different bodywork discussion group, and here is the response I received about this group.

In 2005, a Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards was founded. They
expect to have a licensing exam operational by July-August 2007. While part
of the immediate motivation was nonresponsiveness of the NCBTMB to both
candidate and massage board needs, the move also addresses a more
fundamental issue. Licensing is an authority vested in the state that is not
delegatable to a private entity. Courts have ruled that while states have
immunity from anti-trust, the use of private agencies as they affect
licensing requirements requires fulfillment of a clear state policy and
direct state supervision of decision making -- or the state immunity is
lost. That wasn't possible with NCBTMB.

They can be found at fsmtb.org. The main page asks you to fill out a questionairre so as to help them create a national test in which we as therapists, state and governmental agenices, and our clientelle can be assured of a standard of qualification and compentancy.

I am not sure if I fully agree with licensure, but I like the idea of an actual agency who is not private and trying to institute itself upon a governmental platform, as well a an agency who is attempting to put together a test worthy of being claimed as being a means to ensure a level of competancy among bodyworkers.