American Reflexology Certification Board ®

Setting the highest testing standards to which Professional Reflexologists aspire since 1991.

What do students need to do to prepare for the foot exam?

Since the ARCB® exam is national certification to the American standard (the techniques of thumb and finger-walking and hook-in and back-up) of foot reflexology practice, all content areas and details covered on the exam may or may not have been covered in your reflexology certification course or school curriculum. Your success on the exam is not a reflection on your instructor and depends on you and your preparation. Work with the Study Guide and the Additional Resources List materials (provided in the guide), read the Study Tips, and allow yourself a minimum of 3 months to study after receiving the Study Guide. It is recommended that you also begin to work on the Documentations portion prior to taking the exam as this will assist your study efforts.

What prerequisites are required to apply for the foot exam?

You must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You must have completed a minimum 110-hour reflexology course through certification (if available). The course must consist of at least 110 hours of classroom instruction that meets the content/subject requirements defined by ARCB®.

The Anatomy and Physiology portion of your reflexology training may also be taken at an accredited college or university.
Note: Any documented client sessions used to complete the 110-hour educational requirement for your school certification may not be used for the documentation portion of the ARCB® exam.
You must be able to provide a Certificate of Attendance or verification (in English) from the school(s) or instructor(s) confirming the number of hours attended and individual subjects taught and whether the format was classroom instruction or otherwise. Please see Legislative & Other Resources in the Main Menu and Choosing a Reflexology Education topic for more detailed information regarding course and subject requirements.

What if I don’t have a Certificate of Attendance?

ARCB® will accept a letter from your school/teacher verifying the number hours attended and the hours of individual subjects taught.

If I received my foot reflexology training in another country, am I eligible to take the ARCB® foot exam?

If you meet the prerequisites described above and can also provide the evidence of attendance or verification (in English) of training hours and subjects, then you are eligible to apply to take the exam. For detailed information on course and subject requirements, please see Legislative & Other Resources in the Main Menu and Choosing a Reflexology Education topic.

What is covered on the written foot exam?

The written portion consists of 150 questions on Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) and 150 questions on Foot Reflexology. A score of 75% is required to pass each portion of the written exam. Many reflexology books include excellent sections on A&P. However, adequate and thorough preparation for the exam requires the use of an A&P body systems-oriented textbook. The books cited in the Additional Resources List provided in the Study Guide are deemed excellent for this exam. The reflexology component of the exam will involve questions about reflexes to work for specific conditions. This information is found in the reflexology books on the Additional Resources List. Our analysis has shown that those candidates who do best on the Reflexology component also have a thorough knowledge and understanding of A&P.

What foot reflexology chart is used for the exam?

The chart used is the ARCB® foot chart provided in the Study Guide. During your initial certification training your school or instructor likely used one specific chart. For testing purposes, all candidates must have access to the same information, not affiliated with any school or teacher, and therefore ARCB® requires candidates to be tested based on their knowledge of the ARCB® provided chart.  Note that ARCB’s® chart is used for exam purposes only and is not intended to be a definition of the American system of reflexology or the only correct chart.

What is the documentations portion of the foot exam?

You must provide documentation on the forms provided in the Study Guide in the required format evidencing 3 sessions each on 10 different clients (30 documented sessions total.)  The documentations portion also requires submission of a client history (intake questionnaire) and that each session you document be 45-60 minutes in duration. Additionally these sessions must be post-graduate sessions which means you may not utilize any documented sessions from a previous reflexology training course. You have up to 6 months from date of successful completion of your written and practical exam to submit all 30 documented sessions. Many certificants report that completing the documentations portion prior to taking the written and practical exams assisted in their study for the exam.

What is the practical portion of the foot exam?

This exam tests your hands-on knowledge and skills. You will be asked to locate specific anatomical and reflex locations and to work selected areas as directed by the Exam Proctor. The reflexes you are asked to work or the technique you are asked to perform may not be identified as your school taught, but will be based on the information contained in the ARCB® Study Guide. The practical exam is graded on accuracy, technique and flow. You will not be allowed to use any oils, lotions, creams or tools with which to apply pressure. You will also be asked questions regarding reflexology to test your verbal communication skills.