Education Resources

AFMTE - Massage Therapy- Education
CE Courses – A comprehensive directory of continuing massage therapy education and advanced training opportunities from educators and institutions committed to offering courses meeting a range of professional development needs. These listings are from Alliance for Massage Therapy and bodywork education CE Providers, Schools, and Allied Members.

Online Education – A variety of sources for online massage therapy and bodywork education courses specifically developed for career schools and colleges, including Maxx Knowledge, ABMP Workshops and the NEW AFMTE Education Resource Database. This Database offers a variety of online courses that support the 10 Standards of the NTESP Core Competencies.

NTESP Core Competencies – Central to the mission of the Alliance is the commitment to strengthen and improve the quality of massage therapy and bodywork education and create a culture of teaching excellence in our field through a comprehensive effort called the Teacher Education Standards Project (NTESP). The initial phase of the project involves developing and implementing competency standards for teachers applicable across the continuum of entry-level, continuing massage and bodywork education and advanced training programs.

Update March 2017 : The Alliance (AFMTE) requests proposals for an educational consultant to vet and finalize the Teacher Certificate Program under the National Teacher Education Standards Project (NTESP). Proposals need to be submitted by April 21,2017. The evaluation team will process the bids and award a contract by May 1, 2017. For more details click here.

MTBOK – Massage therapy and bodywork training programs will benefit from the Alliance’s extensive review and analysis version one of the Massage Therapy Body Of Knowledge. After receiving excellent feedback from the leaders in the field, our work is now being used by the ELAP working group.

ELAP – The Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) is a research project initiated by the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations in March 2012. The project goals were to define knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools should teach to prepare graduates for safe and competent practice in the massage profession. Completed in December of 2013, the project published two documents, which describes ELAP work group findings and recommendations.

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