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

Reflexology Digest

The Importance of National Board Certification for Reflexologists


Complementary therapies are one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare worldwide. Foot and hand reflexologists who have achieved and maintain the highest credentials are being sought by the public and health care industry.

As reflexology gains greater acceptance as a legitimate and credible discipline in the larger complementary health field there comes with this recognition certain responsibilities. The primary obligation is to protect the public through the identification of competent practitioners meeting industry standards and who practice according to a prescribed Code of Ethics. These issues can be addressed through national certification testing with the American Reflexology Certification Board® (ARCB®). National board certification is the bridge from where you are now to where you want to be – a professional, sought-after reflexologist.

Building Your Professional Credibility

About ARCB®

Certification with the ARCB® takes you to the elite level as a professional reflexologist. Even if you have been practicing for years and have satisfied clients, stepping up to national board certification demonstrates the ultimate commitment to professionalism and concern for the public. ARCB® is the only national certification entity providing a psychometrically developed exam that is recognized by the Reflexology Association of America (RAA). The exam is also the choice by legislative bodies for state and county licensing and aids law enforcement in identifying legitimate practitioners.

ARCB® is an independent non-profit corporation that acts as the national examining bureau for the field of professional reflexology. It is not affiliated with any educational program nor does it endorse any specific reflexology training curriculum or instructor. All testing materials have been reviewed by industry experts. Certification with ARCB® is beyond your initial education and can be viewed as a career advancement in meeting national standards.

ARCB® is also not a membership association—one cannot join. When you have successfully passed the examination you become a certificant.

About the Certification Process

To achieve ARCB® certification a reflexologist must meet educational requirements, successfully pass a written and practical exam and complete the required number of documented sessions.

Board certification is the highest standard to which professional reflexologists aspire. Consider national certification as having earned a college degree and then gone on to a graduate program. Applicants prepare for the exam by studying an ARCB® Study Guide that is provided upon registration and contains the material upon which the exam is based. This includes the most common information found in reflexology curricula across the nation as well as a composite reflex chart. This may be beyond what your initial program taught. Both the study guide and the exam instrument are copyrighted, confidential documents and may not be used by schools for curriculum development.

How ARCB® Certification Can Help Build Your Practice

  • Board-certified status lets you competitively differentiate yourself from other reflexologists and foot massage therapists

  • You have the option to be listed on ARCB’s® website and to receive client referrals

  • Board certification demonstrates credibility with clients and other healthcare professionals

  • You enjoy legislative representation and assistance where licensing requirements could impact your right to practice at local, state, and national levels

  • ARCB® keeps you informed about selecting a course of study, trends in reflexology and the larger healthcare field, best business practices, and opportunities for continuing education

ARCB’s® national certification process promotes higher standards of education, ensures public safety, and demonstrates practitioner commitment to the profession through self-improvement and continuing education requirements By choosing a national board certified reflexologist the public can be confident in the quality of services offered.

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©Christine Issel and ©2016 ARCB®