Licensure (LMT) is a mandatory, entry level credential
that allows a massage therapist to practice legally within his/her state. Board Certification is a voluntary, higher level
credential that extends beyond the basic requirements to show a deeper commitment to both the profession and the public –
including more education, hands-on experience, and requires a background check. Board Certification was created to mirror
other medical professions and to tier the massage therapy profession. By maintaining this credential, NCBTMB Certificants
can speak to achieving higher credentials than an entry level massage therapist. Simply put, National Board Certified therapists
have obtained and hold the highest credential in the massage therapy and bodywork profession.