Hand Reflexology FAQ’s

1.   Is there a prerequisite for ARCB Hand Certification?

Yes. You must be ARCB certified in foot reflexology before you can take the exam for hand reflexology certification.

2.   Why is there a prerequisite for ARCB Hand Certification?

The prerequisite allows us to reach the broadest audience of potential certificants upon initiation of the Hand Certification examination. From the 2007 job analysis survey sent to ARCB certified reflexologists, we know that 52% of the respondents reported that they do work with hands – we want to offer all those professionals currently using hand reflexology the opportunity to become certified in hand reflexology. From the 2008 ARCB School survey we know that the majority of school respondents offer a combined (foot/hand or foot/hand/ear) program with a range of 5 to 60 hours dedicated to hand reflexology. Therefore, we feel that it is important to initially require a smaller number of in-class hours to accommodate a broader range of schools and students. ARCB can require a smaller number of in-class hand reflexology hours because general anatomy & physiology, ethics, (overall) history, business practices have already been addressed and tested in the ARCB Foot exam.

3.   How was the requirement for 50 hours, including 30 hours of instruction & 20 ARCB documentations determined?

  • The goal was to arrive at a number that meets three criteria of reasonableness:
  • Reasonable and manageable for schools/teachers to accommodate the in-class requirement. Some may need to increase the number of hours, some can meet the requirement with their current hours and a very few offer a greater number of in-class hours. Of the schools/teachers that responded to the ARCB survey, there are only two that offer a stand-alone hand reflexology course (both include 100 or more hours). Of the remaining respondents all offered hand reflexology as a component of either a combined foot/hand/ear program or a combined foot/hand program. The number of hours dedicated to hand reflexology in the combined programs ranged from five (5) to thirty (30).
  • Reasonable for applicants to demonstrate their knowledge of documenting hand reflexology. The difference between foot and hand terminology and identifying anatomical landmarks of the hand and is not so great that it discourages certification.
  • Reasonable as an overall professional requirement to demonstrate a minimum level of competence. The mission of the ARCB is to promote the advancement of the field through the recognition of as many reflexologists as possible who practice on a professional basis and whose core competencies meet national standards.

4.   If I’ve learned hand reflexology from a school/teacher that teaches a combined (foot/hand or foot/hand/ear) program, how will they provide evidence to the ARCB that I have completed the required number of in-class hours (30 hours)?

The school/teacher must supply the ARCB with an ARCB School Verification Form that states that the program is a combined program that covers the required components to prepare the student for the ARCB Hand Certification exam and has provided 50 (or more) hours of in-class training dedicated to hand reflexology.

5.   What if the combined program that offered 110 in-class hours was applied to the requirement for my foot reflexology certification?

Upon initiation of the ARCB Hand Certification Examination, hours dedicated to hand reflexology that were applied towards your foot certification may also be applied to the in-class hour requirement for hand certification. This may be considered “double-dipping”. However, it will be permitted for an initial period of one to two years in order to allow teachers to adjust their programs, accommodate ARCB certificants who meet the minimum criteria from past courses and allow the ARCB to assess the initial results with teachers and hand certificants.

6.   What if the school/teacher program I completed prior to my ARCB certification did not offer at least 50 hours of instruction in hand reflexology?

You will need to provide the ARCB proof of completion of a (minimum of) 50 hour hand reflexology class. Therefore you may need to take an additional course in hand reflexology to make up the required number of hours.

7.   How Can I find schools/teachers that provide 30 hours (or more) of in-class hand reflexology?

The ARCB web site will be updated as teachers/schools provide us information about their hand program or component of combined program.

8.   What do I need to know to be prepared to take the ARCB Hand Reflexology Exam?

The new Hand Study Outline (Click here for the Hand Study Outline) will define what you need to know  including:

  • Anatomy/Physiology/Kinesiology
  • Reflex chart/location of reflexes
  • Guidelines
  • Techniques
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Working techniques
  • Areas of emphasis
  • Biomechanics and kinesiology of the wrist, hand and fingers
  • Basic anatomical terminology (bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments), their locations and functions
  • Pathology related to hand and wrist
  • Hand Reflexology
  • Teachers will be required to provide verification that their course has included the above requirements (as they are required to do so for foot reflexology requirements).

9. Can I take a Hand Certification class and also apply it towards Continuing Education (CE) requirements?

Yes, effective 2010, you can take a class to qualify for the hand certification exam and also apply it towards your next CE requirements.

10. Can a course in basic hand reflexology be applied toward CEs to maintain certification?

You cannot apply in-class hours for hand reflexology certification towards fulfillment of ARCB CEs. If you apply a hand reflexology towards your 50 in-class hours of hand reflexology training – you cannot also use it towards CEs.

11.   Will the ARCB hand certification change or impact the Continuing Education (CE) requirement?

The current CE requirement will remain the same – 12 CE Units required in 24 months on a subject(s) that contribute to the personal and/or professional growth of the practitioner. There is no plan for CEs specific to foot or hand training once the hand certification program is offered.

12.   Can I take the foot certification exam and the hand certification exam on the same weekend if they are both offered?

No, you must receive your ARCB foot certification first.

13. If I am already ARCB certified in foot reflexology, what is the complete process from finding a teacher to becoming ARCB certified in hand reflexology?

  • Step 1 – Locate a reflexology teacher/school that teaches hand reflexology. You will need to look at teacher/school web sites or call to find out which programs include hand reflexology until the ARCB website becomes updated.
    Verify with the teacher/school that all educational components required to take the exam are covered. The required components are identified in the Study Outline (Click here for the ARCB web page on the Hand Study Outline ).
  • Step 2 – Complete the course or required number of hours. If you already have some hand reflexology hours and are supplementing them to satisfy the ARCB instructional requirement
    it is your responsibility to ensure that your education covers the required components that are identified in the Hand Study Outline (Click here for the ARCB web page on the Hand Study Outline ). The School Verification Form(s) will identify for the ARCB whether you have covered all required aspects. If all components are not covered, or you complete 30 in-class hours that simply repeat only a portion of the required material, your application will not be accepted.
  • Step 3 – Go to the ARCB web site and download the ARCB
    Hand Reflexology Application and School Verification Form. Complete the Authorization to Release Education Records form and send it along with the School Verification Form to your teacher(s) to complete and submit to the ARCB. Complete and sign the ARCB Hand Certification Application. Indicate the date and location where you want to take the exam. Mail, fax or scan and email the application along with the required deposit and documentation of completion of hand reflexology training to the ARCB.
  • Step 4 – When all the required documentation and deposit is received and verified by the ARCB, you will receive the Hand Study Outline. Read it thoroughly to understand what the exam will cover.
  • Step 5 – Prepare for the exam; the Hand Study Outline provides a bibliography and outline of what is included on the written exam. Become familiar with the ARCB hand reflexology chart.
    You will be tested on the ARCB chart.
  • Step 6 – Make copies of the required ARCB documentation forms to complete your documentations. Schedule and complete the required 20 documentations. You will have up to 6 months following the exam to complete them.
  • Step 7 – Take the exam. Remember to breathe!
  • Step 8 – When you have passed all 3 components (written exam, practical exam and 20 documentations) the ARCB will send you your ARCB Hand Certification certificate. The ARCB congratulates you. Congratulate yourself for your effort, your dedication to maintaining a professional standard and your contribution to the field.
  • Step 9 – Maintain your hand reflexology certification status by complying with the ARCB CE requirement and remaining current with the annual certification fee.

14.   Will the ARCB offer a combined test or a standalone test that does not require ARCB certification on foot reflexology in the future?

We have been asked these questions and thought about them ourselves. Our plan is to evaluate the current hand certification process and then decide what, the future course will be.