Certification Program

The Bowenwork certification program offers a rich learning experience where students are mentored every step of the way by experienced and caring instructors.

Our modular training system includes lecture and demonstration, hands-on practice with real-time feedback, meaningful self-study assignments and plenty of review.

Professional Bowenwork Practitioner  – Level I complete 370 hours of training in order to become certified by the American Bowen Academy. This training includes:

  • 212 hours in the theory and practice of Bowenwork, (including classroom training, the preparation of 10 case studies, and a minimum of 50 hours of logged hands-on practice)
  • 120 hours of anatomy and physiology
  • 24 hours of business and ethics
  • 6 hours of workplace hygiene, health, and safety
  • 8 hours of bodywork ethics (taken within the last 10 years)
  • CPR certification

In order to complete certification training, students are required to pass quizzes at Modules 3-6 and a final rigorous 16-hour practical assessment of the hands-on work and a written test.

Bowenwork students, practitioners, and instructors are required to abide by a strict code of professional ethics.

In order to maintain certification, practitioners are required to complete 32 hours of continuing education every two years, 16 of which must review the hands-on work.


American Bowen Academy’s 500-hours certification program cover the following:

* Knowledge of:
– Human anatomy and physiology as it relates to bodywork
– Pathology as it relates to bodywork
– Professional bodywork ethics
– Effects and benefits of Bowenwork
– Contraindications to Bowenwork
– Sanitation, hygiene and safety measures
– Bowenwork techniques
– Successful business practices
– Bowenwork history and theory

* Ability to:
– Communicate in a clear, professional manner
– Establish rapport with a client
– Use critical thinking practices to determine therapeutic courses of action
– Perform sound, safe, healing Bowenwork
– Know when to refer a client out

The advantage of having a 500-hour training program is that it will qualify the Academy to attain accreditation as a”proprietary institution of higher education” (The term “post-secondary education provider” is reserved for not-for-profit organizations). Passing the stringent approval process, which will take at least two years, will lead to the Academy’s recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable provider of higher education.

A major benefit of achieving that status is that the Academy will be able to participate in Federal Student Assistance and military programs designed to benefit students in need of financial assistance in order to realize their educational goals. Over the years we have heard from many students and prospective students that the main obstacle preventing them from training in Bowenwork was financial.

Even though the Academy’s training program will be classified as “vocational” or “career-oriented” (as opposed to programs that lead to university degrees), all courses taken will be counted toward the 500-hour mark, even repeated classes. This policy will hold true for required classes (e.g., Modules 1-12, Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Ethics, CPR) as well as optional classes (e.g., our current Academy-approved continuing education classes and new ones as they are added).

How difficult is it to accumulate 500 hours? Many of our current Professional Bowenwork Practitioners have already reached the 500-hour mark by completing Modules 1-12 plus approximately 180 additional hours of continuing education classes. In January they will receive new Professional Bowenwork Practitioner – 500 hours certificates and their listings on our website will reflect that new status as well.

Many more are well on their way toward the 500-hour mark. Current Professional Bowenwork Practitioners who have not yet accumulated 500 hours will remain on our website, listed as Professional Bowenwork Practitioner – Level I, until completing enough additional Academy- and/or Bowtech-endorsed classes to equal or exceed 500 hours, at which point you or they, too, will receive new certificates and undated listings on the website.

New students and students already in the Modules 1-7 pipeline will continue to earn the Professional Bowenwork Practitioner – Level I designation upon successful completion of Module 7 and fulfillment of the current requirements for certification, and will be able to complete the 500-hour program over time at whatever pace meets their lifestyle and needs.

As mentioned earlier, we believe that obtaining accreditation for our training program will make it easier for our practitioners to gain exemption from massage laws by enabling them to make a strong case before legislators that their training is the equal of massage training (except for specific massage techniques). And, even without gaining exemptions, it should be easier to obtain business licenses.

Learn more about the Professional Bowenwork Practitioner Certificate Program.