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CTBP – Certified Coaching The Body Practitioner

CTBP is our level 1 certification that can be earned by fulfilling a set of requirements consisting of in-person and online coursework, testing, documented practice and private work with instructors. CTBP certification provides a grounding in trigger point concepts and core competency in our unique and effective Coaching The Body™ system, developed by Chuck Duff. CTBP Certification serves as the foundation and prepares students for our Advanced and Master level certifications. No previous bodywork experience is required.

The CTBP program ensures that practitioners are adequately trained in a thorough repertoire of techniques, understand basic anatomy and trigger point therapy, and have the analysis skills they need to be successful at treating common pain conditions, including shoulder pain, sciatic, gluteal and low back pain, knee pain and more.

All of our certification programs are competency-based, and we work with you during your training to make sure you receive the feedback, mentoring and support needed. You will find that you can achieve results with many pain conditions that might have previously seemed untouchable using conventional approaches.

All of our in-person classes have online components. This means that you will have 24/7 streaming access to the class lectures and demos before and after class. This allows us to focus our in-person time on improving your practical skills and working with you in an apprentice-style learning environment.

We provide a flexible set of financial arrangements to make the program accessible to a variety of personal situations. There are several ways to pay for the CTBP program – please see our tuition page for details.

If you have questions, we would love to talk to you! Please use the button below to schedule a phone session with an admissions counselor.

Requirements for CTBP Certification

Courses (online training included) Level Hours Tuition
Level 1: Thai Bodywork Fundamentals 100 20 $650
Functional Anatomy for Thai Massage & Yoga 100 24 $690
HandsFree Level 1 100 20 $650
Coaching The Body (CTB) Fundamentals 100 20 $650
Clinical Core: Upper Body I 200 20 $650
Self-Care, Corrections & Rehab 200 20 $650
Clinical Core: Upper Body II 300 20 $650
Clinical Core: Lower Body I 200 20 $650
Clinical Core: Lower Body II 300 20 $650
Integrating the Practice 400 20 $650
Additional Requirements
2 sessions received from CTB Practitioner*   3 $200-300
4 mentoring sessions given to CTB Practitioner   6 $680
CTB Online Membership Year One (includes Muscle Liberator)   80 $897 ($750 on plan)
45 documented student sessions**
Certificate Testing Fee   2 $295
TOTAL   292.5 $8065

*If setting up a payment plan for coursework, received sessions are paid for separately at current instructor rates. These are typical rates at Thai Bodywork and may vary -- rates in other cities may be different.

**For student clinic sessions at Thai Bodywork (optional), students earn $20 per session plus tips. For a processing fee, out-of-town students may make special arrangements with Thai Bodywork to satisfy this requirement.

Note: These courses can be taken with any Certified Coaching The Body Instructor (CTBI) with current certification for that particular course. They cannot be substituted with hours taken at other schools.


Additional Requirements

2 Sessions Received from CTB Practitioners

Certification students are required to receive at least 2 sessions from CTBI Instructors and CTB Practitioners.
Sessions are generally booked at the practitioner's normal session rate. Sessions received at any time before or during certification may count toward the certification requirement.

4 Mentoring Sessions Given to CTB Instructors or Practitioners

Certification students are required to complete at least three mentoring sessions with CTBI instructors or practitioners. At least one of the mentoring sessions must be with the student's primary instructor or CTBI staff.
Mentoring is a very valuable apprentice-style interaction that allows the student to refine their technique, understand session design and to ask questions and identify areas of growth. We recommend that the first mentoring session be done early in the student's studies (a short time after Level 1).

Documented Student Sessions

CTBP Certification students are required to complete at least 45 student sessions. These consist of working on clients and getting feedback from clients and instructors. A portion of these sessions may be performed at the school clinic, in which case the student earns a commission on each session.

Practical Exam

The practical exams are to be scheduled when all other coursework has been completed, including additional requirements. The practical exam consists of a 90-minute CTB session given to an instructor. CTBP certification candidates are expected to be able to design a coherent 90-minute session that has an appropriate structure and addresses common specific complaints. We work with you well in advance of the final practical to ensure that you're ready.

Planning Your Certification

Our CTBP Certification can be done as your schedule and finances permit. Please see our Financial Planning page for a range of financial options that we provide to help students pay for their education. We encourage prospective certification students to speak with an admissions counselor so they can fully understand the options available to them.