Board Certification: Just Do the Right Thing

The NCBTMB’s agreement with the FSMTB put the NCBTMB out of the licensing business. While I appreciate the fact that the NCBTMB had no prior knowledge of what happened (and will continue to happen, if the controls aren’t put in place) with the states, I urge them not to sit on their hands. Seize control of your exam, if you really want it to mean anything above entry-level licensing. I am dismayed that this happened at all, because if the stipulations had been put in place to begin with, this situation could have been avoided. I implore the NCBTMB to just do the right thing.

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Exam Wars: The Sequel

In fact, I think it cheapens it to the point that I will not renew mine in a few days when it expires. I don’t have anything to prove. And after 15 years of practice, I am not going to spend my money to maintain a voluntary credential that is supposed to indicate you are an advanced practitioner that someone fresh out of massage school is being allowed to get. It doesn’t say anything about my knowledge and years of experience at all. It’s apparently turning into just another entry-level credential instead of what it was designed to be, and that truly distresses me.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Ugly: FSMTB publishes the Model Massage Therapy Practice Act (MPA).
As I wrote about in my previous blog, the MPA was released after three years of behind-the-scenes work and two rounds of public comment. Most of its content is the kind of standard stuff found in all templates for occupational licensure. However, FSMTB really blew it in a number of key areas, and the final version contains both technical errors and some awful policy decisions. As FSMTB’s leaders had final say, the responsibility for correcting these fatal flaws rests on them.

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