American Reflexology Certification Board ®

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

The Foot Exam

The Hand Exam

Exam Dates & Locations

 Dec 2 2017

Baltimore, MD
Best Western Plus BWI Airport North 6055 Belle Grove Rd Baltimore, MD 21225 410-789-7223

 Mar 17 2018

Orlando, FL
Hotelto be announced

 Apr 7 2018

Nashville, TN
Hotelto be announced

 Apr 25 2018

Chicago, IL
Hotelto be announced

 Apr 28 2018

Pittsburgh, PA
(Or May 5) Hotelto be announced

 May 19 2018

Portland, OR
Hotelto be announced

 Jun 2 2018

Indianapolis, IN
Hotelto be announced

 June 9 2018

Buffalo, NY
Hotelto be announced

 Jun 9 2018

Denver, CO
Hotelto be announced

 Jul 14 2018

Atlanta, GA
Hotelto be announced

 Jul 28 2018

Dallas, TX
Hotelto be announced

 Aug 4 2018

Seattle, WA
Hotelto be announced

 Aug 18 2018

Grand Rapids, MI
Hotelto be announced

 Sep 8 2018

Asheville, NC
Hotelto be announced

 Sep 15 2018

Los Angeles, CA
Hotelto be announced

 Sept 15 2018

Warwick, RI
Hotelto be announced

 Sept 29 2018

New York, NY
Hotelto be announced

 Sept 29 2018

Des Moines, IA
Hotelto be announced

 Oct 27 2018

Phoenix, AZ
Hotelto be announced

 Nov 10 2018

Seattle, WA
Hotelto be announced

 Dec 1 2018

Baltimore, MD
Hotelto be announced
Dates and locations are subject to change. When traveling to an exam site please verify with the ARCB® office that the test will be held as scheduled before booking your reservation. ARCB® assumes no responsibility to reimburse air fare or other expenses if a test is cancelled.

Why National Board Certification?

Today, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies are one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare worldwide. As a result, qualified Reflexologists with the highest credentials are being sought by the public and the health care industry. In order to promote reflexology through testing and recognition of competent professional practitioners, ARCB® was founded in 1991. ARCB® is a non-profit certifying agency which exists to protect the public and promote reflexology through certification of those Reflexologists who practice on a professional basis and choose to be certified as meeting basic national standards. ARCB® is the only certifying agency recognized by the Reflexology Association of America. We are not affiliated with any school and do not endorse any specific reflexology training curriculum. Our study materials and test have been approved by several state and local government agencies as a basis for licensing Reflexologists. ARCB® exams are based on psychometrically valid models reviewed by industry experts. Achieving and maintaining national certification from ARCB® provides the public and your employer or affiliates with the assurance that you have achieved the highest level of certification available in the United States today and that you abide by a code of ethics and business practices recognized nationally by many law enforcement and government agencies. By achieving certification you are also eligible to receive client referrals through ARCB®.

Exam Information

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Exam Fees and Time limits

Exam

  • US $295

  • Select/schedule an exam location with the office and sit for the written and practical portions within 12 months.
Exam

  • US $150

  • Select/schedule an exam location with the office and sit for the written and practical portions within 12 months.

Prerequisites

Exam

  • Be 18 years of age or older,

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent,

  • Have completed a foot reflexology course through certification (if available) consisting of a minimum of 110 hours of classroom instruction which meets ARCB® defined content/subject requirements,

  • Provide a Certificate of Attendance and verification (in English) from the school/instructor verifying the number of hours attended and subjects taught.
Exam

  • Have achieved ARCB® Foot certification,

  • Have completed a hand reflexology course through certification (if available) consisting of a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction which meets ARCB® defined content/subject requirements,

  • Provide a Certificate of Attendance and verification (in English) from the school/instructor verifying the number of hours attended and subjects taught.

Exam Structure

Exam

  • 300 question (true/false and multiple choice) written exam covering:

    • Human anatomy and physiology, body systems

    • Anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and bio-mechanics specific to the foot and ankle,

    • Reflexology definition, scope of practice, history, theory, foot reflex chart and guidelines, techniques and areas of emphasis,

    • Business Practices including ethics, standards, precautions and client records,

    • Any necessary interpreter must be pre-approved by our office.

  • Practical (hands-on) exam consisting of:

    • Performance of reflexology techniques on the foot to the American Standard thumb and finger walking, flow, pressure, relaxation techniques,

    • Client communication skills through answering questions during delivery of reflexology,

    • Any necessary interpreter must be pre-approved by our office.

  • Documentations in English (using ARCB® provided forms) 90 client sessions total consisting of:

    • 30 clients seen for 3 sessions each,

    • Session length must be 45 - 60 minutes each,

    • Recording your ability to detect and record areas of sensitivity, observations, monitor work on clients and their reactions,

    • Documentations must be post-graduate (cannot be the same used for your school certification training),

    • All documentations must be submitted not later than 6 months after applicant passes written and practical exam,

    • If English is a second language, the applicant is responsible for submitting documentations translated to English at applicant’s expense.
Exam

  • 150 question (true/false and multiple choice) written exam covering:

    • Human anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and bio-mechanics specific to the hand and wrist,

    • Reflexology definition, scope of practice, history, theory, hand reflex chart and guidelines, techniques and areas of emphasis,

    • Business Practices including ethics, standards, precautions and client records,

    • Any necessary interpreter must be pre-approved by our office.

  • Practical (hands-on) exam consisting of:

    • Performance of reflexology techniques on the hand to the American Standard thumb and finger walking, flow, pressure, relaxation techniques,

    • Client communication skills through answering questions during delivery of reflexology,

    • Any necessary interpreter must be pre-approved by our office.

  • Documentations in English (using ARCB® provided forms) consisting of:

    • 20 client sessions total,

    • Session length must be 30 minutes each,

    • Recording your ability to detect and record areas of sensitivity, observations, monitor work on clients and their reactions,

    • Documentations must be post-graduate (cannot be the same used for your school certification training),

    • All documentations must be submitted not later than 6 months after applicant passes written and practical exam,

    • If English is a second language, the applicant is responsible for submitting documentations translated to English at applicant’s expense.

Certification Renewal Annual Fees

Exam

US $65
Exam

Covered by Foot Certification annual fee

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements to Maintain Certification

Exam

12 CE Hours every 24 months. See the Continuing Education portion of this website for more information about all the options for fulfilling your CE requirements.
Exam

Covered by Foot Certification CE hours.

How to Apply to Take the Exam

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Exam

Complete the appropriate Foot or Hand Exam Application on this site or download/print the Exam Application form and submit together with your Exam Fee to the ARCB®. You must submit all information as detailed in the application instructions. Then also download/print Records Release and School Verification Form. Complete the Records Release portion and send it together with the School Verification form portion to your school to complete and send back directly to the ARCB® office. Note that the Records Release and School Verification Form cannot be submitted online through the website as they must be mailed to your school.

Study Guide, Additional Resource Materials, Study Tips, Documentation Forms

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Upon approval of your application and receipt of your fee and the verification form from your school, you will receive a copy of the appropriate Foot or Hand Study Guide, containing study materials, forms, detailed instructions, additional resource materials (recommended reading materials), sample test questions and study tips. The Study Guide contains necessary anatomy and physiology and appropriate reflex chart information. Your use of some of the additional resource material books listed in the Study Guide may help you to improve your knowledge in the anatomy and physiology, body systems and areas of emphasis. You may reproduce the forms in the Study Guide for your use in completing the documentations portion. If you would like to receive an electronic version of the forms contained in the Study Guide(s) to print, you may request those from our office.

Scoring and Results Notification

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You must pass the written examination with a score of 75% or higher. Practical and documentation portions of the exam are graded on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0, with 1.0 being the best score. A passing score is from 1.0 to 3.0. Test results are provided through the US Mail within 4 to 6 weeks after the test or submission of documentations. If you fail any portion of the exam, you must retake that portion within 24 months.

Retaking Failed Portions

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Exam

  • Any portion of the exam:   $75

  • Retake of written or practical portion(s) must be scheduled within 12 months of fail.

  • Resubmission of failed documentations within 3 months of fail.
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