ABT Exam Discontinuation 2012

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In early July 2011, the NCCAOM® publicly announced to its stakeholders that the NCCAOM Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT)® certification examination would be retired as of December 31, 2012. The NCCAOM proceeded to convene a panel of interested stakeholders to explore the need for a possible different ABT credential. The NCCAOM® ABT Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel met in July 2012 for that purpose. The Panel completed its charge to clarify the perceived need, value and feasibility of creating a different credential for the ABT profession, based on evidence gathered from the ABT, acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) and massage therapy communities, as well as other interested stakeholders.

Earning certification from NCCAOM represents a significant professional achievement; therefore the Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM) will remain a viable NCCAOM certification for anyone currently holding this certification. Certification in ABT may be maintained by completing the NCCAOM Recertification Program every four years.

The NCCAOM staff has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) related to the ABT certification. We encourage you to review these FAQs.

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