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Examination Center of National Standards for Traditional Rehabilitation and Tuina Massage: 317 Candidates Waiting to Be Qualified

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    • Source: 正修科技大學
    • Date: 2022/02/17

    The Ministry of Labor and Cheng Shiu University’s technical examination site for traditional rehabilitation and Tuina massage qualifications approved organized examinations for seven days in a row for the first time, and a total of 317 candidates nervously went through the certification process. The Department of Leisure and Sports Management Chair, Lung-yuan Li, indicated that this test site is the second largest in the country and the biggest in southern Taiwan, as well as the only technical examination site for colleges and universities in the Kaohsiung area. Local candidates can sign up for examinations here without traveling to other cities or counties.

    Traditional therapies are a popular means of health regulation in Taiwan, and the Kuo-Shu clinics, which are seen everywhere, are one of the examples. These therapies are classified into three categories: traditional rehabilitation and Tuina, foot massages, and meridian regulation. In the past, there was no national examination as the gatekeeper for public health, then, in 2015, under the efforts of the government and private institutions, the vocational standards were released for traditional therapies, such as rehabilitation and Tuina massages, and the first technical examination was administered in 2019, which opened up the career paths for nearly 200,000 professionals nationwide.

    Accredited by the Ministry of Labor and Cheng Shiu University’s technical examination site for traditional rehabilitation and Tuina massage qualifications, examinations were organized for seven days in a row for the first time. The exams consisted of three tests: relaxation for shoulders, backs, waists, and hips; basic massage techniques; and Gua Sha and cupping. Models were available for hands-on tests, and the results were scored by examiners. 

    The test item “relaxation for shoulders, backs, waists, and hips” requires the candidates to go through the meridian and achieve relaxation by deeply massaging the muscles of shoulders, backs, waists, and hips. Gua Sha and cupping is to hold a board with one hand and repeatedly scrape the desired area up and down and from the inside out. The basic massage techniques include vibration, tapping, rubbing, kneading, and gliding.

    With great support from President Jui-Chang Kung, Cheng Shiu University started planning the technical examination sites. The Department of Leisure and Sports Management also included licensing examinations into its curricula, and these facilities are accessible and convenient, and serve professional training and testing purposes. The deployment was completed at the end of 2020, and there are two campuses, each with three stations and four seats, for a total of eight seats. These technical examination facilities met the national standards and passed the assessment of the Ministry of Labor in 2021 for qualification examinations in traditional rehabilitation and Tuina massage.

    Director Long-Yuan Lee from the Department of Leisure and Sports Management indicated that the generous subsidies from the Ministry of Education are all spent on teaching and learning. The technical examinations serve as an education vehicle for students and teachers and enhance the university’s profile in the domain of healthcare and wellbeing, and such measures allow industry practitioners to become more familiar with the Department of Leisure and Sports Management, Cheng Shiu University.