American Reflexology Certification Board ®

Setting the highest testing standards to which Professional Reflexologists aspire since 1991.
Due to the uncertainty of when and how much the COVID-19 will affect the US population, the ARCB is suspending all testing until further notice. We will notify you as conditions change.

Can I take an on-line or distance learning (webinar, correspondence or DVD-based) reflexology course and still sit for the ARCB® exam?

ARCB’s® policy is that reflexology is a hands-on discipline and, therefore, requires hands-on instruction.  For this reason, one of the prerequisites for testing with ARCB® is completion of a hands-on reflexology course through certification (if available) involving a minimum of 110 classroom instruction hours.  An on-line or distance learning reflexology course is not eligible to fulfill the training requirement to test with ARCB®.

What reflexology schools or instructors does ARCB® recommend?

ARCB® does not approve or recommend any reflexology training schools or courses. No school or instructor has authorization from ARCB® to state that taking their course will qualify you to pass the ARCB® examination. You must select your own course of study. See the recommended information below about course content and hours for use in making your decision.

What is the recommended course content for foot reflexology training?

  • The course must be at least 110 hours of classroom study in total. The suggested content should include:
  • 25 hours of reflexology theory, history, zones, meridians and relaxation response (23%)
  • 40 hours of body systems as related to reflexology; study of the leg and foot as a structure; hands-on palpation of landmarks with sensory identification of palpated areas (congested, grainy, tight, soft, etc.); a map of reflexes (reflexology chart) as they are anatomically reflected on the feet; how the body is affected by stimulation to the reflexes on the feet, as well as hands-on experience (36%)
  • 30 hours of Anatomy and Physiology (27%)
  • 5 hours of business practice covering ethics and business standards, local/state laws and ordinances pertaining to the practice of reflexology (5%)
  • 10 hours (or more) of supervised practicum or clinical work (9%)
    Any number of additional homework hours which can include giving and documenting client sessions and other written work.

What if I can’t find a reflexology program in my area offering at least 110 hours of classroom study? Can I piece together hours to achieve a total of 110 and still sit for the exam?

Yes, it is possible to piece together the requisite hours from a number of sources. For example, you might take a college level course in anatomy and physiology and take several weekend courses in reflexology to obtain proper training in hands-on techniques, etc.  ARCB® recommends that any training you take in this manner, include the course content as percentages of total described above.

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