American Reflexology Certification Board ®

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

Completion of your reflexology education and training is required prior to sitting for the ARCB® examination. As an independent certifying testing agency, ARCB® does not recommend or endorse any school, curriculum or instructor. Important: ARCB® has not authorized or endorsed any school or instructor to state that completing their course of study will qualify the student to pass the ARCB® examination. Upon acceptance of your application to ARCB®, you will receive a Study Guide and instructions about how study and prepare for the exam. The ARCB® examination is copyrighted property and it is illegal for a school or instructor to use any portion of the examination or the Study Guide for teaching purposes.

You must select your own course of study and be certain the course you select meets ARCB’s® standards for the minimum educational requirements necessary to sit for our exam.
Reflexology is a hands-on discipline and ARCB’s® policy is that reflexology education requires hands-on instruction. A prerequisite for testing with ARCB® is completion of a hands-on reflexology course through certification (if available). On-line or distance learning reflexology courses are not eligible to fulfill the training prerequisite. We require the course be a minimum of 110 hours.
The classroom content should include a minimum of:
    • 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%)

* The Anatomy and Physiology portion of your training may have been taken at an accredited college or university.


Note: Any documented client sessions used to complete the educational requirement for your school certification may not be used for the documentation portion of the ARCB® exam. ARCB® has specific requirements for session length, number of clients and documentation format that are provided in the Study Guide you will receive upon acceptance of your application to sit for the ARCB® exam.
ARCB’s® 110-hour minimum educational prerequisites must legally be based on psychometrically valid information. This is determined from a job analysis survey for the standard reflexology education of professional reflexologists in the USA at the present time. Our standard may change in future and may differ from the standards for professional membership that are set by state and national reflexology associations.

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.