In developing the examination, every effort is made to respect and include the various forms of massage & bodywork practiced in the United States. Reviews of the field are conducted periodically to ensure that the examination remains relevant to current practice standards.
Exam Content Development
There is continuous involvement from the regulatory community, as well as testing and psychometric professionals, at every step of the exam development process. A fundamental requirement for best practices in testing is to conduct a formal Job Task Analysis (JTA) every five to seven years to ensure the examination reflects current practice.
The FSMTB has conducted two JTAs, one in 2007, and the second in 2013. We sought input from professionals in the massage, bodywork and somatic practice field. The content for the MBLEx was based on feedback from thousands of practitioners around the country. This breadth of input is paramount in ensuring this is an exam for the profession, by the profession.