FSMTB views volunteers as their primary and most important asset. Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities, such as on committees, as item writers for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), and on the Board of Directors.
This committee is comprised of at least five members and provides general oversight of the licensing examination process. This includes job survey analyses, examination item development, security, administration, and quality assurance to ensure consistency with the Member Boards’ need for examinations. The committee also approves item development panels and recommends test plans to the BOD. Subcommittees may be appointed to assist the Examination Committee in the fulfillment of its responsibilities.
Examination Development Committee
Members of the Exam Development Committee (EDC)are appointed by FSMTB Board of Directors. The members of this committee are subject matter experts (SME) whose ongoing mission is to maintain continued development of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Their work includes the review of the items submitted for consideration as additions to the MBLEx item bank to ensure clarity of entry level content and item writing conventions. The EDC works in direct collaboration with the FSMTB psychometric team to ensure the validity and defensibility of exam items. To adhere to FSMTB’s commitment to transparency, state boards and licensing agency representation is encouraged at all EDC meetings.
Federation Authentic Information Review (FAIR)
This task force studies application fraud member boards have experienced and/or are experiencing in the licensing process. They develop tools and best practices to help identify, process and eliminate fraudulent documents used for licensure.
This committee is comprised of at least three members and the Treasurer, who serves as chair. The committee reviews the annual budget, FSMTB’s investments, and the audit. The committee, working in conjunction with the President, recommends a budget to the BOD and advises the BOD on fiscal policy to assure prudence and integrity of fiscal management and responsiveness to Member Board needs.
This task force examines human trafficking and its prevalence and impact on the massage profession. They develop recommendations for FSMTB Member Boards to help prevent, detect and combat such activity within their state/territory.
Licensure Renewal Committee
The Licensure Renewal Committee develops regulatory education programs, reviews course content and is instrumental in overseeing the approval process for continuing education providers and courses for the regulatory community. This seven-member committee consists of state board regulators. This committee creates sub-committees to help them in their tasks. The subcommittees consist of qualified volunteers that have experience in massage therapy subject matter, continuing education, and course development.
This committee seeks nominations from Member Boards and associate members and shall present a slate of qualified candidates for election at the Annual Meeting. Persons seeking nomination or wishing to suggest nominees must contact the Nominating Committee at least 45 days prior to the annual meeting to submit a volunteer application and other information the committee may request. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor during the Annual Meeting. No name will be placed into nomination without the consent of the nominee.
This committee performs research and develops proposed amendments to the Bylaws and Standing Rules as directed by the BOD or the Delegate Assembly. The Committee shall, in accordance with policies established by the BOD, review, evaluate and report to the Delegate Assembly on all resolutions and motions submitted by Member Boards.
Members and chairs of committees shall be appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors (BOD). The term of committee appointments shall be determined by the BOD. Committee vacancies may be filled by appointment for the remainder of an unexpired term.
Those eligible for appointment to standing committees shall be members of the Board of Directors, Associate Members, and other individuals with the expertise needed to carry out the mission and functions of FSMTB.