FSMTB is constantly looking for enthusiastic and qualified applicants to serve in a volunteer capacity. As a Federation that strives to uphold the directions of its member boards and agencies, the FSMTB views its 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 and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), and on the Board of Directors. If you have an interest in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the application below. For more information contact Julie Reid, Member Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSMTB offers equal opportunities to all applicants. It is committed to equitable and fair selection procedures, without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by federal law or other applicable laws and regulations. No question on this application is intended to secure information to be used for any discriminatory purpose. Your application will be given every consideration but its completion does not imply that you will be appointed by the FSMTB.
Some volunteer positions require an individual to be an associate member of the FSMTB.
Associate Members include all of the following:
1. Current and legally serving members of a *Member Board and individuals who have served on a Member Board within the last 12 months.
2. Chief administrative officer of a Member Board.
3. Current serving members of the FSMTB Board of Directors.
*Member Board Is a jurisdictional agency authorized by statute to regulate the practice of massage therapy, or, as determined by the jurisdictional agency, acts in an advisory capacity to such jurisdictional agency, whether by licensure, certification or registration, in any of the States of the United States of America, or the District of Columbia, or its insular territories, and that has been granted membership in the Federation.
Board of Directors (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
Elections for open positions on the FSMTB Board of Directors are conducted each year during the FSMTB annual meeting. To be considered for a position on the board of directors, an individual must meet the following qualifications.
A. At the time of their nomination and election, Directors shall be either:
1. An Associate Member of the Federation;
2. A Director who is currently serving on the Board of Directors, subject to the term limits set forth herein; or
3. An otherwise eligible public member
B. The President shall have served the Federation as either a Delegate, a committee member, a Director or an Officer before being elected to the office of President.
C. A Public Member shall not be a current or previously credentialed member of the massage therapy profession, nor should they be an employer or employee of individuals in the massage therapy profession.
D. No member of the board of directors shall concurrently hold an elected or appointed office in a state or national association that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, would result in potential or actual conflict of interest with the Federation.
Examination (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
This committee will be comprised of at least five Members. The committee provides general oversight of the licensing examination process to ensure consistency with the Member Boards’ need for examinations.
Members of this committee are appointed by the FSMTB Board of Directors and are subject matter experts whose mission is to maintain continued development of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Their work includes the review of examination items in direct collaboration with the FSMTB psychometric team to ensure the validity and defensibility of examinations.
Examination Eligibility (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
This group reviews examination application materials and audits educational documentation.
Examination Item Writers
Exam writers are sought for their knowledge in the areas of massage and bodywork. FSMTB trains volunteers and assignments are issued on a rotating basis at least two times per year. Volunteers must be professionals in the field and be able to transfer information electronically.
Examination - Practice Test Item Writers
Writing for MBLEx practice tests is similar to writing for the MBLEx. Massage therapy students are welcome and encouraged to volunteer for this area. FSMTB will train volunteers who will then write for the practice tests and who will be responsible for responding to assignments as issued at least once per year.
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.
Finance (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
The finance committee has at least three Members and the Treasurer. The Treasurer will serve as the chair. The committee reviews the annual budget, the Federation’s investments, and the audit. The committee, working with the Board President, recommends a budget to the Board and advises them on fiscal policy to assure caution and truthfulness of fiscal management while remaining responsive 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.
License Renewal (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
The License Renewal Committee develops regulatory education programs, reviews course content and is instrumental in overseeing the approval process for continuing education providers and courses on behalf of the regulatory community. This seven-member committee consists of state board regulators. This committee may create 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.
Nominating (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
This committee seeks nominations from Member Boards and associate members and shall present a slate of qualified candidates for election to the Board of Directors (BOD) at the Annual Meeting. The members of this committee are elected each year at the Annual Meeting from nominations submitted by the nominating committee or by nominations from the floor. To be eligible for this committee, the nominee must have attended at least one Annual Meeting.
Policy (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
This committee researches and develops proposed amendments to the Bylaws and Standing Rules as directed by the Board of Directors or the Delegate Assembly. The Committee shall, in accordance with policies established by the Board of Directors, review, evaluate and report to the Delegate Assembly on all resolutions and motions submitted by Member Boards.
Professional Standards (requires volunteer to be an associate member of FSMTB)
This committee provides general oversight of and guidance on issues related to massage therapy practice, regulation, and education. Specific subcommittees have addressed model practice act language, licensure fraud, and human trafficking.