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

 May 8 2021

Seattle, WA
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conf Ctr 17620 International Blvd Seattle, WA 98188 206-244-4800

 June 12 2021

Buffalo, NY
tentative

 June 19 2021

Harrisburg, PA
tentative

 June 19 2021

Denver, CO
tentative

 July 10 2021

Columbus, OH
Columbus Airport Marriott 1375 N Cassady Ave Columbus, OH 43219 614-475-7551

 July 31 2021

Dallas, TX
Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport S 2001 Valley View Lane Irving, TX 75061 972-313-2800

 Aug 7 2021

Warwick, RI
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence/Warwick Airport 2100 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886 401-739-8888

 Aug 14 2021

Seattle, WA
Hilton Seattle Arpt/Conf Ctr 17620 International Blvd Seattle, WA 98188 206-244-4800

 Aug 28 2021

Grand Rapids, MI
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel GR Airport 4747 28th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 616-957-0100

 Sept 11 2021

Asheville, NC
Fairfield Inn, Marriott 31 Airport Park Road Fletcher, NC 28732 828-684-1144

 Sept 25 2021

New York, NY
Residence Inn White Plains 5 Barker Avenue White Plains, NY 10601 914-761-7700

 Sept 30 2021

Baltimore, MD
Maritime Conference Center 692 Maritime Blvd Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 443-989-3504

 Oct 16 2021

Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Marriott Northeast/Emory Area 2000 Century Blvd NE Atlanta, GA 30345 404-325-0000

 Nov 6 2021

Seattle, WA
Hilton Seattle Arpt/Conf Ctr 17620 International Blvd Seattle, WA 98188 206-244-4800

 Nov 6 2021

Dayton, OH
Drury Inn & Suites Dayton North 6616 Miller Lane Dayton, OH 45414 937-454-5200
COVID POLICY The health and safety of both our examinees and proctors is a priority to the ARCB. The following policy is designed in response to the continued challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. While our policy is consistent with national guidelines, it may be modified as required. The policy and any updates will be posted on the ARCB website. • The test area will be sanitized prior to the examinees’ arrival. Sanitation supplies will be provided. • If you are sick, please reschedule your examination. • If you exhibit symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be asked to reschedule your exam for another time. • Proof of a negative Covid test, within 72 hours of your scheduled test, must be presented at check-in. A candidate who does not show proof of a negative Covid test within the specified timeframe will be asked to leave. • Both the proctors and examinees must wear masks for the duration of the written and proctored portions of the test. Refer to the CDC guidelines for masks. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html) Proctors will have masks available if you do not arrive with a mask. Both your mouth and nose must be covered throughout the written and proctored portions of the test. If you cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, please contact our office. An examinee who refuses to wear a mask or to follow ARCB policies for masking will be asked to leave.

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. In keeping with industry and professional standards, effective January 1, 2020, all applicants will be required to pass a background check before taking the examination. By achieving certification you are also eligible to receive client referrals through ARCB®.

Exam Information

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To get complete information about the Hand or Foot exam and to compare the two, select an area below. Follow the hand and foot icons for information on the exam you are interested in taking.

Exam Fees and Time limits

Exam

  • US $325 + (effective January 1, 2020) US $65 non-refundable background check fee. Background check fee is subject to change depending on jurisdiction. Applications that do not meet all requirements will be subject to a $50 processing fee with the remainder of the application fee ($275) being returned to the applicant.

  • 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

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  • Be 18 years of age or older and (effective January 1, 2020) pass ARCB®-conducted background check,

  • 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.
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  • 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) 30 client sessions total consisting of:

    • 10 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.
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  • 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
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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.
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Covered by Foot Certification CE hours.

How to Apply to Take the Exam

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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. Effective January 1, 2020, upon receipt of e-mail from us, complete the required background check application and release form.

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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  • 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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