American Reflexology Certification Board

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

ARCB Legislative Role

ARCB plays an active role nationwide on behalf of professional Reflexologists whose right to practice may be impacted by legislative activity in their city, county or state. In addition, we are often called upon by law enforcement or government officials who desire help in revising laws relating to the practice of reflexology in their jurisdiction. Our Legislative Committee works in conjunction with the Reflexology Association of America to monitor legislative activity and legal actions that are of concern to professional Reflexologists.

ARCB opposes any legislation that would place Reflexology under massage or cosmetology licensing requirements, or the control of any other therapy’s rules and regulations. Reflexology has its own history, vocabulary, theories, and techniques. We work on behalf of our certificants and Reflexologists across the nation in order to insure that we are recognized as a separate profession. An unethical, but growing trend in the USA, is the operation of “reflexology parlors or foot spas” that front for operations of human trafficking and prostitution. ARCB has worked with the RAA and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center to produce a brochure called Identifying the Legitimate Reflexology Practice PDF. This brochure provides information for the general public and law enforcement to be able to distinguish the legitimate reflexology professional.

Reflexology is exempt from massage laws in 33 states. Four states have their own reflexology regulations. In many counties and cities with massage laws, professional reflexologists have received an exemption. The ARCB examination or its written portion has been selected legislatively as the basis for licensing of Reflexologists in some jurisdictions. See State Reflexology Law Information for a summary of state law pertaining to reflexology.

If you are a professional Reflexologist with concerns about legislative actions in your area, or a law-enforcement professional or legislative staff member who needs more information, please contact our office to be put in touch with our Legislative Committee chairperson.

Choosing a Reflexology Education

You need to complete your reflexology education and training prior to sitting for the ARCB examinations. As an independent certifying testing agency, ARCB does not recommend or endorse any school, curriculum or instructor. No school or instructor has authorization from ARCB to state that taking their course will qualify you to pass our examination. You must select your own course of study. However, we do set standards for the minimum educational requirements necessary to apply for our exams. 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).  An on-line or distance learning reflexology course is not eligible to fulfill the training requirement to test with ARCB. We require that the course must be at least 110 hours of classroom study plus 90 session documentations (200 hours 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.

The Reflexology Association of America (RAA) has recently increased its minimum educational requirements for membership to 300 hours. However, since ARCB’s educational prerequisites are based on psychometrically valid information for the standard reflexology education of professional Reflexologists in the USA at the present time, we require the 200 hour minimum.

See the Other National Reflexology Associations listed below for more information on schools and instructors. You may also wish to download ARCB’s Suggestions for Selecting Your Reflexology Education.

Other National Reflexology Organizations

Reflexology Association of America (RAA)


See the RAA website to access listings of reflexology educators/schools and state reflexology associations. In addition, RAA’s site provides a list of states with reflexology laws or exemptions as well as information regarding legislative work and guidelines, assistance with setting up a state reflexology association and marketing materials for your practice.

Privacy Policy

We collect information from you only when you fill out a form or send us an email. This information is used to process application(s) for testing or continuing education-related activities which you initiate. We may use the information to contact you regarding your renewal fee and continuing education attestation, or to send certificants and educators our journals and educator communications. We don’t use cookies and we don’t disclose your information to any third parties; however, we may release your information when we believe release is important to comply with the law, enforce our policies, or protect our rights. We do not collect information from anyone under 13 years of age and our services and website are directed to people at least 13 years of age or older. At our discretion we may include links to third party sites on our website. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of those linked sites. By using our site, you agree to our privacy policy.

Linking to ARCB

ARCB is an independent certifying testing agency and does not endorse any specific reflexology training curriculum, method, school or products. Therefore, ARCB will not approve requests to link from our site to any such sites. In order to increase professional resources for the general public, however, ARCB does provide links to the Reflexology Association of America (RAA) and the American Commission for Accreditation of Reflexology Education and Training (ACARET). Limited permission is granted to link to the Home (Welcome) page of this ARCB website under the following conditions:

  1. It must be clearly stated that the link is being provided for informational / resource purposes only.

  2. Use of the link may not imply that any entity is approved or endorsed by ARCB, or that their training program, curriculum, reflexology method, instructors, products, services or organization is approved or endorsed by ARCB.

  3. Failure to comply with the above conditions for linking with the ARCB website may result in legal action against you.

Logo and Acronym Use

All ARCB logos are trademarked and may only be used with permission. ARCB grants the use of the “ARCB Certified” logo to our certificants in good standing for use on business cards, stationery, brochures, and other advertising for certificants’ businesses under the following guidelines:

  1. The ARCB logo may only be used by Reflexologists certified by ARCB in the particular discipline for which they are intended.

  2. ARCB logos that lack the word “certified” are reserved for ARCB’s use and may not be used at any time, by anyone other than the ARCB.

  3. The ARCB Certified logo may not be altered in any way.

  4. ARCB practitioners may use the ARCB Certified logo in conjunction with the words “ARCB Board Certified Reflexologist” or "National Board Certified Reflexologist" (NBCR).

  5. The ARCB acronym, unless previously identified to mean the American Reflexology Certification Board in an article, brochure, or press release cannot be used by itself.

  6. The ARCB Certified logos are for individual practitioner business use only and may be used in the certificant’s biographical information.

  7. The ARCB or ARCB Certified logos may not be used in any way that implies you are endorsed, recommended or licensed by ARCB or to infer you are an instructor for ARCB or that your educational program is approved by ARCB. However, schools or instructors that have submitted and received ARCB approval for a continuing education activity may state that the activity is ARCB approved but may not use the logo to advertise such activity.

  8. The ARCB logos cannot be used in conjunction with products or in the promotion of products.

History of Reflexology

Information about reflexology's origins can be confusing and subject to much conflicting information. As part of its effort to protect the public and support reflexology as a profession, ARCB sponsors a website that contains the true information. To learn more, visit We encourage you to share this link. For a more comprehensive history of foot reflexology refer to the book Reflexology: Art, Science & History by Christine Issel from which the information on the site has been provided by permission.