Reflexology Certification and Licensing

I receive numerous phone calls and communications from people who mistakenly use words like “certification” and “licensing” when stating they are looking for training in Reflexology. So, I thought I would explain the differences between a certification and a license.

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Certification is not a legal designation. It is an acknowledgement of knowledge and/or skill issued by a teaching organization or a non-governmental testing association (like the American Reflexology Certification Board or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Certification does not give you the legal authority to conduct business (ie. be compensated for your work).

Most Reflexology training programs and schools on and offline give certificates. At Focus On Healing Wellness Institute we give certificates of training in two areas of Reflexology training Introduction to Reflexology and Therapeutic Reflexology.

Family Reflexology 160x109A Certificate for Basic Reflexology indicates that the student participated in a training program that focused on basic Reflexology information and application. These training programs do not require any testing of knowledge or skills. Upon completion of the training a certificate is given. Training can be a one or two day workshop or a limited reflexology course curriculum for a 4 to 6 week training program. These types of training programs are good for students who are interested in learning how to do basic Reflexology to share with family and friends. It can also be offered as CEU credits for health practitioners.

Training Completed 258X235A Certificate for Therapeutic Reflexology is given at the completion of a training program of 4 to 9 months. These training programs require successfully completing homework assignments, written exams and practicum. A certificate is given based on competency of knowledge in Reflexology theory and application. A certificate for specialized therapeutic training in reflexology is required by the school or non-governmental testing association. Having this type of certificate, basically attests that the student is competent enough to provide the service without causing harm to the client/customer. The curriculum is comprehensive, and require hundreds of hours of training. The certification training hours for Reflexology are 200 to 300 hours.

A license is a permit to work legally in a jurisdiction, often following testing and proof of competency from a recognized school. A license is issued by authorities to allow an activity that would otherwise be illegal to practice. A licensing requirement also provides the issuing authority the administrative control to set conditions and limitations that would serve to protect the public.

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Most students, who enroll in a Reflexology training program, would like to one day be compensated for the service they provide. Let it be known that for many people who live in a jurisdiction that requires a license, you are not allowed to accept money for Reflexology services. Compensation is defined as something, such as money, given or received as payment or reparation, as for a service or loss. Compensation also includes barter, tithe, trade, donation, “love offering”, and anything else that you walk away with in exchange for your session.

Licensure for Reflexology applies to students who live in states that consider Reflexology to be a form of Massage. In these states most students will have to enroll in a massage school to practice Reflexology.  If you are in a health care or beauty care profession that requires you to touch a person than your Reflexology training is covered under your license, to  add Reflexology as a service. Only two states (North Dakota and Tennessee) currently license Reflexologists. Washington requires reflexologists to become certified with the Department of Health. Washington, has the most stringent requirement that everyone who does Reflexology has to be trained and certification from a Washington state approved school and the  American Reflexology Certification Board.

Reflexology Search 160X112It is best to check you state’s license requirement before you enroll in a Reflexology training program, if you are considering Reflexology as a career. If you just want to learn Reflexology and do not want to go to a massage school to learn reflexology, contact the Reflexology school and ask if they offer training that will allow you to practice Reflexology without a massage license. It is a reality that the licensing agencies or the taxation arms of governments do not take kindly to someone practicing illegally. License vs Certification can work together when the two focus on giving clients what they want . The clients wants to receive Reflexology from a person who is trained and can provide the benefits desired from a Reflexology session.

Footnote: Do not let anything get in your way of learning and practicing Reflexology if that is your passion. I hope this information helps to clear up any confusion for people thinking of entering the broad field of hands-on therapies.

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