The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) accredits both educational institutions and programs offering instruction in massage therapy and bodywork or esthetics and skin care. They were formed with the mission of establishing and maintaining the quality and integrity of our professions. With COMTA accreditation, you can be sure that the standards you’re meeting reflect the national needs of the profession.
Since 2002, COMTA has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a specialized accrediting agency, and the only one with a primary focus on massage education.
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COMTA is a member of ASPA, The Association for Specialized and Professional Accreditors, an association of organizations that evaluates the quality of programs in higher education for more than 100 different professions and specialized disciplines.
Each ASPA member organization has a common commitment to uphold standards that are rigorous, comprehensive, and outcome-based, with specific attention directed to the professional or special purpose curriculum.
The Commission’s Curriculum Competencies are an essential part of our review and unique to COMTA-accredited schools/programs.
ASPA also represents its members on issues of educational quality facing institutions of higher education, governments, students, and the public. ASPA advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors, and communicates the value of accreditation as a means of enhancing educational quality. It operates with the goal of ensuring that students in educational programs receive an education consistent with standards for entry to practice or advanced practice in each of their respective fields or disciplines.
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The NCBTMB is an independent, private, nonprofit organization founded in 1992. Their mission is to define and advance the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork profession. In support of this mission, NCBTMB serves the profession through Board Certification, Specialty Certificates, Approved Providers, and Assigned Schools.
Their belief is that Board Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork is the profession's only true certification credential, and remains the profession's top achievement above entry-level state licensure. There are tens of thousands of Board Certified Massage Therapists located across the United States.
Board Certified status requires a certificant to pass a rigorous NCBTMB Board Certification Exam, as well as demonstrate greater critical thinking skills, pass a criminal background check, and agree to uphold NCBTMB's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
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The American Massage Therapy Association is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools, and one of the most trusted and respected name in massage therapy.
It provides its members with several benefits that include liability insurance, top notch education & online courses, discounted products, career guidance in the massage therapy profession, research, breaking news & publications.
They also promote the health benefits of massage to the public, the health care community and other important groups. As a member-driven organization AMTA is constantly in conversation with their members through surveys, phone calls, emails and social media to understand the diverse needs of all of our members and their hopes for the profession.
They work for fair licensing of massage in all states, and actively support research. The AMTA is also a provider of local and national networking and continuing education opportunities.
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The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals is a national membership association that was founded in 1987, and provides comprehensive liability and business property insurance that sets the standard for the profession.
ABMP members also receive responsive, knowledgeable, and comprehensive member benefits that includes free CE hours, dozens of member discounts, a free business website, the award-winning Massage & Bodywork magazine, dedicated legislative advocacy, and more.
Specifically tailored to meet the needs of massage therapists and bodyworkers, the policy included in membership offers "occurrence form" coverage; professional, general, and product liability coverage with the highest limits available; no additional charge for Additional Insured Endorsements; and no "shared member" aggregate, like some other associations.
Their business philosophy is summed up by the credo 'expect more'.
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