WELCOME

Welcome to the California Massage Therapy Council’s (CAMTC) Web site. The purpose of this site is to help Californians learn more about the CAMTC massage therapist certification process, which was created to protect the public, and to understand the laws and regulations governing the massage profession. You will find resources for consumers, massage professionals, schools and government agencies, as well as certification application status updates. Please click here for the CAMTC Chairman's Message.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The requirements for certification have CHANGED as of January 1, 2015. Please make sure you are using the 2015 version of the application for certification when applying. If you submit an old version of the application for certification, please note that it cannot be accepted.
  • AB1147, the bill to continue CAMTC, has been signed by the Governor and becomes law, effective January 1, 2015. AB 1147 changes the educational and other requirements for certification. For a limited summary of the 2015 changes in the law applicable to certificate holders, please click here. You can find the full text of the Massage Therapy Act, codified at California Business and Professions Code sections 460, 4600-4621, and Government Code section 51034, here. Applications for certification as Certified Massage Practitioner ("CMP") will not be accepted on or after January 1, 2015. As of January 1, 2015, only applications for certification as a Certified Massage Therapist ("CMT") will be accepted. CMT applicants must have 500 hours of education from CAMTC approved schools and have passed a CAMTC approved exam, as well as meet all of the other requirements in law in order to be certified.
  • Original Certificate Required to be Posted at Place of Work
    As a CAMTC certificate holder, you are required to display an original CAMTC certificate at each place of business where you work as a massage professional. Click here to request additional certificates for display if you have more than one work location.
  • Advertising Requirements
    California law requires that CAMTC certificate holders shall include the NAME under which he or she is certified and his or her CERTIFICATE NUMBER in any and all advertising including business cards and websites.
  • Exclusive Seals for CAMTC Certificate Holders
    CAMTC Certification Seals are now available exclusively to CAMTC certificate holders for consumers to easily identify you as a credible CAMTC certified massage professional. The Seal can be added to any form of advertising, in addition to (not as a replacement to) your required name and certificate number. Once you read and agree to the terms, you can start using the CAMTC Certification Seal immediately. Click here and enter your username and password to get started.
  • Re-application Policy
    An applicant or certificate holder who is denied certification or whose certificate is revoked may not re-apply for certification until TWO (2) YEARS after the effective date of the certificate denial or certificate revocation. CAMTC has the information you have previously submitted and it will be considered along with your new application. It's important to submit any NEW evidence or information you have in support of your application. However if you have no additional evidence to submit, or there has not been a relevant change in circumstance, you may be denied again.
  • Clarification To CCMP Requirements
  • Massage professionals please note: We continue to receive a large number of applications for certification, so please expect the process to take approximately ninety (90) days for COMPLETE applications that have no background or educational issues. A complete application includes a signed and dated application on which complete, true, and accurate answers to all of the questions have been provided, as well as payment, passport photo, copy of government issued ID, original transcripts sent directly from school(s), exam proof sent directly from examining board, and live scan fingerprinting results have been received. Applications with issues, including but not limited to those received from applicants with criminal convictions, civil or administrative citations or where local action has been taken against the applicant, complaints have been made in relation to an applicant's professional conduct, or those with education issues can take a significantly longer period of time. You can check on the status of your application here. We appreciate your patience.
  • If you want immediate confirmation that your application has been received by CAMTC, please send it via USPS certified mail and verify delivery on their website. Otherwise, you will get an acknowledgement email when your application is entered into our database (which can be 12 weeks after it arrives in our office).

    Thank you for your patience.

MISSION

California Massage Therapy Council's mission is to protect the public by certifying qualified massage professionals in California.

The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was created by an act of the California Legislature and began accepting applications for certification in 2009. In 2014, CAMTC was re-authorized, with legislative changes becoming effective as of January 1, 2015. You can find the text of the Massage Therapy Act, codified at California Business and Professions Code sections 460, 4600-4621, and Government Code section 51034, here. If you have questions about the new law, please contact Beverly May, CAMTC Director of Government.

In accordance with the Massage Therapy Act, CAMTC is required to:

(1) Create and implement a voluntary state wide certification program for the massage therapy profession that will enable consumers to easily identify credible Certified Massage professionals;

(2) Ensure that CAMTC certificate holders have completed sufficient training at approved schools; and In accordance with the Massage Therapy Act, CAMTC is required to:

(3) Ensure that CAMTC approved schools are providing a high level of training.