Which professional massage exam will you take? MBLEx or NCETMB

Which is professional massage licensing exam is suitable for you?

Do you know difference between 2 professional massage exams? which exam is cheaper, easier, is accepted by your state board?
Here are some advise, insight, and direction from professional massage therapist who trained many massage courses passed, both the NCETMB and the MBLEx.

NCETMB

The National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage (NCETM),The NCETM/NCETMB or National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork include 125 questions massage test created and overseen by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
These NCETM/NCETMB exam is accepted by most state boards.

Who can take the NCETM/NCETMB?

All requirements for taking NCETMB/NCETM exams:

A minimum of 500 hours of instruction as follows:
125 hours of body systems (anatomy, physiology and kinesiology)
200 hours of massage and bodywork assessment, theory and application
40 hours of pathology
10 hours of business and ethics (minimum of 6 hours in ethics)
125 hours of additional instruction in an area or related field that theoretically completes the massage program of study

Difference between MBLEx and NCETMB/NCETM exams for your choice:

1. The NCETMB/NCETM exam is a little longer and more expensive than the MBLEx.
2. For years, massage therapists complained about the inclusion of Eastern (Asian) theories, such as meridians, on the NCETMB.
3. The NCBTMB listened, and offered a new option of the exam, the NCETM.
4. To maintain your NCTMB/NCTM certification/credential, you need to complete 48 hours of continuing education and pay the $100 fee every four years.
5. If you do not need, or want, the extra letters after your name, you are not required to renew your “national” or NCTMB/NCTM certification/credential when it expires.
6. You must wait until you graduate from training to take this exam (although you can take the NESL option before graduation).
7. The NCETMB/NCETM does give you a credential that can help distinguish you from other massage therapists in areas where licensing is unavailable.
8. These are the extra letters after your name (e.g. Tome Cruise, NCTMB)

What is the NESL exam option?

1. The NESL exam is the same exam as the NCETMB, but it is a non-certifying/credentialing exam.
2. if you just want to take the test for your state licensing and do not wish to carry a NCTMB certification.
3. The NESL exam serves the same purpose as the MBLEx.
4. The NESL exam fees is cheaper than the NCETMB, NCETM, and even the MBLEx.
5. You can take the NESL exam before completion of massage training.

MBLEx

The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) is created and overseen by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.
It was introduced in October 2007 as an an entry level exam for massage licensure.
It is a very popular choice and has received good reviews from test takers.
It is now accepted by most state regulatory boards as an entry level licensing exam.

The MBLEx exam is includes of 125 questions, focusing on eight areas of massage and bodywork including:

Client assessment and Treatment plans
Benefits of Massage
Pathology and Contraindications
Massage History
Ethics and Boundaries / Laws and Regulations
Guidelines for Professional Practice
Kinesiology
Anatomy and Physiology

Following are MBLEx practice test:

All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 1
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 2
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 3
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 4
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 5
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 6
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 7
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 8
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 9
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 10
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 11
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 12
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 13
All the questions and answers MBLEx free test exam – test 14

Who can take the MBLEx?

Everyone can apply to take exam, regardless of massage training.
It is up to state boards to verify a person’s massage training, not the FSMTB.
Difference between MBLEx and NCETMB/NCETM exams for your choice:

1. You are not “nationally certified” after you pass the MBLEx.
2. Your LMT, CMT, LMP letters after you name will come with your state license.
3. The MBLEx exam fees is cheaper and shorter than the NCETM and the NCETMB.
4. The MBLEx exams have not Eastern/Asian theories.
5. The MBLEx exam is an entry level exam only used to help obtain a massage therapy license.
6. You will not need to renew anything additional with the FSMTB, or take any additional massage continuing education courses (other than the hours required for your State license) as you would with the NCETMB/NCETM credential.
7. You can take The MBLEx exams before graduation. This should help speed up the licensing process (and earning a living as a massage therapist) for you.

Additional Contact Information

National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
1901 South Meyers Road, Suite 240
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Phone: 630-627-8000 or 1-800-296-0664
Email: info@ncbtmb.org
Website: NCBTMB
Current Fee: $225 (NCETMB/NCETM Option)

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
7111 W 151st Street, Suite 356
Overland Park, Kansas 66223
Phone: 913.681.0380
Fax: 913.681.0391
Email: info@fsmtb.org
Website: FSMTB
Current Fee: $195

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