Thai Healing Massage Academy’s certification program
This article explains the details how you can receive a Thai Massage certificate and NCBTMB approved continuing education credits through our online training courses.
What kind of Thai Massage certificate do we issue?
We offer two kinds of certificates. The first one is the ‘International certificate’ which we issue 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. However, there is no way for us to have accurate and up to date knowledge about all the massage laws and rules in all countries.
In some countries you do not need any massage license, in another Thai Massage is treated differently from other kinds of massage, in another the rules change from state to state (like in the US), in another it is primarily an insurance issue, etc. You need to find out locally what rules apply to your situation.
Thai Healing Massage Academy is a well-established institution which has been training students since 2001. It’s director, Shama Kern, is authorized by the NCBTMB as an official continuing education provider for massage therapy in the US.
He is a member of well-known associations like ‘Thai Healing Alliance’ and ‘Old Medicine Hospital’ in Chiang Mai, Thailand. However 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 have to fulfill continuing education requirements in order to keep their massage license active. This is commonly referred to as CEUs or CE credits or CE hours. CE stands for “Continuing Education”.
Therapists have to regularly study a certain number of CE hours in a program which is approved as continuing education material.
Shama Kern, the director and principal instructor of Thai Healing Massage Academy, 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 which 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 research locally for 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 massage certificate?
There are several good reasons:
- You need 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 in your treatment room
- You want to have a visual memory of your course
What are the qualifications for our massage certificates?
Thai Healing Massage Academy only issues massage 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.
If you regularly post reports about your progress and your experience with the course in our forum, we accept this as evidence that you 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 answer 5 questions per CE hour, as required by the NCBTMB. The exact qualification process for both types of certificates is described in the course manuals of our larger courses or on this page.
Can US therapists get an International Certificate too?
Absolutely. Most US students will primarily be interested in the continuing education certificate. However, if you don’t need the CEUs, but you want to display a good looking certificate, you can go through our ‘International Certification Program.’
Why do we issue two kinds of certificates – why not just one?
The CEU massage certificate is very important for US therapists since they need the 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.
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.
Should you 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.
Personally, I have a stack of certificates from many massage courses which I have attended. I never had to show them to anyone. But whenever I look at them, they are 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 which 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.
The author, Shama Kern, has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 18 years. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy and creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.