American Reflexology Certification Board ®

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®


Building Your Professional Credibility


National certification with the ARCB® takes you to the elite level as a professional reflexologist. Board-certified status lets you competitively differentiate yourself from other reflexologists and foot massage therapists. National board certification also demonstrates credibility with clients and other healthcare professionals.

Building Your Professional Credibility

Those reflexologists who successfully pass the national certification exams and documentation requirements receive an ARCB® Certificate to display on the wall, a lapel pin, and wallet identification card. Certificants may use the ARCB® Certified logo in their advertising as proof of certification. The ARCB® logo is a registered trademark of the American Reflexology Certification Board® and cannot be used except by certificants.   ARCB encourages certificants to use the “ARCB® Certified” logo to promote their national certification on their web site, business cards, stationery, brochures and advertisements for their business.

Being authentic is a requirement of lasting success. You can introduce yourself with authority knowing you have reached the highest level to which a professional reflexologist in the USA can aspire. Beyond having earned a certification from your reflexology school, passing a national board exam indicates you are a serious professional. A reflexology instructor who has achieved and maintains ARCB® national board certified status evidences to prospective students that they are truly a qualified practitioner. When building your business, your brief introductory bio for your website or networking meetings will carry more impact when you state you are national board certified.

Prospective clients can have confidence in your education, in the quality of services you offer, that you follow public safety guidelines, and demonstrate your commitment to the profession through fulfilling self-improvement and continuing education requirements. In addition, you are easily identified as having met industry standards through passing the rigorous exam and are listed on the ARCB® website ( This helps you to differentiate yourself from other therapists who may claim to provide reflexology services, but haven’t met the same standards. It also provides increased credibility for you when dealing with your clients’ other healthcare providers as well as local law enforcement and business-licensing entities. In some jurisdictions, passing the ARCB® exam is a requirement to receive a license to practice reflexology.

ARCB® certificants enjoy client referrals, legislative support and updated research, technique and business building tips from the top reflexologists in the nation, and have a professional resource—a place to go to get answers to questions. Through its various publications you are kept informed about trends in reflexology and the larger healthcare field, best business practices, and opportunities for continuing education.

“I tell my classes that I have passed national board exams in both dental hygiene and nursing, but it was the reflexology exam that was the most challenging for me! It was not just a multiple choice exam, but a very valuable learning process. In my typical Type A mode, I dove into the study guide, researching what I didn’t know. Doing the documentations “the right way” enhanced my skills in observation and description that actually improved my nursing notes, not to mention increased awareness of my clients’ issues. And when I passed my practical exam I finally felt confident in my knowledge and technique!

I’m proud to tell my classes that the ARCB® exam was a real learning process for me! And I am so grateful to all of you whose shoulders we stand on, especially for those who brought and bring credibility to reflexology through the ARCB®, yesterday and today. Thank you all from my heart. “~~~Judith Nourse, Hendersonville NC

Today your success depends on distinguishing yourself as a professional. National certification with ARCB® is an investment in your professional future.

©Christine Issel and ©2016 ARCB®