Thai Healing Massage Academy’s certification program
This article explains the process of how you can receive a Thai Massage certificate and NCBTMB-approved continuing education credits (CEUs) through our online training courses.
What is Thai Healing Massage Academy?
Thai Healing Massage Academy is an established school that has been training thousands of students worldwide since 2001 both live and online.
Its director, Shama Kern, is authorized by the NCBTMB as an official continuing education (CEU) provider for massage therapy in the US.
Thai Healing Massage Academy has pioneered Thai Massage online training and created the first-ever real online training course with instructor support and an online student community back in 2009.
What kind of Thai Massage certificate do we issue?
We offer two kinds of certificates. The first one is a display certificate (the ‘International Certificate’).
We issue this to students anywhere in the world, provided they enroll in our certification program and go through the qualifying process.
Students often want to know if this certificate is valid in some specific country for some specific purpose.
Please note that it is not possible for us to have accurate and up-to-date knowledge about massage laws and rules in all countries.
In some countries, you don’t need a massage license. In others, Thai Massage is treated differently from other kinds of massage. In others, the rules change from state to state (like in the US).
In others, it is primarily an insurance issue (like in the UK), etc. You need to find out locally what rules apply to your situation.
It is up to the authorities or schools in your country to decide if they accept our certificate for a particular purpose.
What is a CEU certificate?
Our second certificate is the ‘CEU certificate’. Licensed massage therapists from the US already know what this is.
But to our non-US students and readers, this word might not mean anything.
There are also aspiring therapists from the US who are not familiar with CEUs. Therefore let’s explain the concept briefly.
The bottom line is that if you are not from the US, you can simply disregard the CEU certificate option.
US therapists are legally required to fulfill continuing education requirements to keep their massage licenses active. This is commonly referred to as CEUs or CE credits or CE hours. CE stands for ‘Continuing Education’.
Licensed massage therapists have to regularly study a certain number of CE hours in a program that is approved as continuing education material.
Shama Kern, the director of Thai Healing Massage Academy, is the principal instructor of all courses.
He is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider (provider number 451985-12).
Are there continuing education requirements for massage therapists in other countries?
Yes, there are other countries that have continuing education programs. However, massage laws can and do change. We cannot follow them for all countries.
Therefore it is important for you to do your own research locally to get correct and up-to-date information.
If you find out that there is some kind of continuing education for massage therapists required in your country, you can inquire if our ‘International Certificate’ will be accepted.
Why would you want a certificate?
There are several good reasons:
- You need continuing education (CE) hours
- You need a certificate to show to an insurance company in a particular country
- You might be able to apply our certificate towards your massage therapy educational requirements in your country
- You want to display a good-looking certificate to your clients in your treatment room
- You want to document your educational qualifications to your clients
- You want to have a visual memory of your course
What are the qualifications for our Thai Massage certificates?
Thai Healing Massage Academy only issues certificates to students who have demonstrated that they have followed the course, practiced it and understood the concepts.
How can the instructor see if you follow the program in an online course? Obviously, we cannot physically see you practice. But there is a workaround.
We use a process of forum posting for this evaluation. Students post their training progress reports in our online forum. There they can interact with the instructor, ask questions, and follow other students’ progress for inspiration.
When students regularly post reports about their progress and their experience with the course in our forum, we accept this as evidence that they are following the course. You can read about the specific requirements for certification on this page.
US students who enroll in the CEU program have to also answer 5 questions per CE hour, as required by the NCBTMB. The exact qualification process for both types of certificates is described on this page.
Why do we issue two kinds of Thai Massage certificates – why not just one?
The CEU massage certificate is very important for US therapists since they need continuing education hours. For non-US therapists, this certificate is not useful since it is only issued for a particular purpose in the US.
We issue an ‘International’ massage certificate for our international students. This certificate is issued by Thai Healing Massage Academy only, whereas the CEU certificate is tied to the NCBTMB, the National Certification Board of the US.
Can US therapists get an International Certificate too?
Absolutely. Most US students are primarily interested in the continuing education certificate because they are legally required to have those CEUs.
However, if you don’t need the CEUs, or if you want to display a good-looking certificate, you can get our ‘International Certificate’ as well.
Are there time limits for completing the certification process?
Yes, there are. They range between 6 months and 1 year depending on the length of the course. This time limit begins when you register for the certification program, not when you purchase the course.
In other words, you can buy a training course, and two years later you can enroll in the certification program. From the date of registration, you have a certain number of months to complete the certification.
Why enroll in our Thai Massage certification program?
We definitely recommend this for several reasons:
- You might need the certificate for CEUs or other reasons.
- If you are enrolled in the certificate program, it keeps you on track since you have to follow the program on a regular basis.
This counteracts the tendency to skip a lesson, delay the practice until later, or just procrastinate. The certificate program is a motivator and helps you to stay focused.
- Our main program and core training course, Complete Thai Massage, is a 4-month long training. To go through it is definitely an achievement. A certificate is a great reminder and an inspiration for you.
‘Unofficial’ benefits of Thai Massage certification
Even if you do not need a certificate for a specific reason, it is still an excellent idea to go through the massage certification program for the above-mentioned reasons.
Looking at your certificates is a wonderful reminder of a time of learning, inspiration, meeting interesting people, and personal and professional growth.
Going through Thai Healing Massage Academy’s certification program will help you learn in a more focused way, and you will be the proud owner of a document that will always be a source of inspiration and good memories for you.
If you want to see our courses with certification options, and how many CE hours you can get, you can find this information on this page.
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The author, Shama Kern, has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for over two decades. He is the founder of Thai Healing Massage Academy and the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.