Educational Hour (Curriculum Hour)

Fifty minutes of a planned learning activity constitutes a curriculum hour. This hour may include: reading, discussion of the material (an evaluation of the material and how it met the student’s needs, or what was learned), practice (with documentation). Homework and Independent studies are not included in the Curriculum hour. 

How many Educational hours are required for a reflexology practitioner depends upon the practitioner’s desired outcome. Due to the different roles held by each association, their required Curriculum hours may differ. At the time of this writing: 
ARCB requires 110 in-class hours as a prerequisite before taking the certification exam.
RAA requires 300 hours (180 in-class) to become a Professional member and less than 300 hours for an Associate member. 

Curriculum hours includes the following:

  • History of the field

    • Theories

    • Reflexes

    • Charts

    • Areas Emphasis

    • Relaxation Response


  • Anatomy and physiology

    • Anatomical Terminology

    • Body Systematic 

    • Surface (Landmarks)

    • As related to the:

                     Leg and foot

                     Forearm and hand

                     Reflexology (Body systems)

                     Areas of Emphasis

    • Contraindications

    • Biomechanics

    • Kinesiology (study of human body movement or its parts)

    • Skin conditions

  • How to write client documentations

  • Technique

  • Business practices

  • Standards and ethics


Continuing Education (CE) hours

Defined as learning activities beyond the original Curriculum hours. The intention behind the CE hours are to expand the foundation of knowledge and to remain current as new developments occur in the field. CE hours are in addition to completed Educational hours. One must first have the fundamentals in history, concepts, and technique before obtaining CEs. 

CE hours can be inside or outside the classroom.  Homework is not included in the CE hour.

Different authorities can identify classes and workshops as Continuing Education; however, it is imperative that the practitioner follow the guidelines of their desired outcome. 

ARCB may approve certain classes as CEs as part of a practitioner maintaining the status of certificant. The RAA may not approve of ARCB CEs hours toward the Professional membership. Their goal is about curriculum hours meeting the fundamental knowledge of our profession. For example, ARCB may allow an aroma therapy course as a CE. The RAA may not see that course as part of the 300 curriculum hours as it does not lend itself toward the fundamentals of the field. 

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