Recently, the National Certification Board created two different examinations for licensing massage professionals: the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) and the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM). The NCETM covers only the basic approach for Western massage techniques while the NCETMB covers the basic approaches for both Western and Eastern massage and bodywork techniques.
No matter which exam you wish to take, the Review for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Study Guide will help you be fully prepared. If you do choose to take the NCETM exam, just don't study Chapters 20 or 21. The content of those chapters won't be on your test.
Both examinations contain 160 multiple choice test questions. Each test question has only 4 multiple choice answers. Of those 160 questions, 30 questions are "pre-test questions" (questions that are being evaluated for their validity or accuracy). You will not know which questions are the "pre-test questions" but these questions will not be counted in your score. You will have two hours and 40 minutes to complete your exam. Grades are made available immediately after completing your exam but your Certificate may not be received for another 4-6 weeks.
We recommend each person preparing to take an examination obtain a copy of the National Certification Examination Candidate Handbook published by the NCBTMB to receive more detailed information about both the NCETMB and the NCETM examinations.
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